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Classes offered this session, with instructors, are as follows:

Tuesday Classes

February 24, 2015 – May 16, 2015

†dfree: Introduction to the Basic Aspects of Managing Life & Handling Money

Course Description: dfree® is a strategy for people to learn how to manage their lives by managing their finances.  dfree® is not just another literacy program.  This movement is based on a belief that living in debt is an emotional, psychological, and spiritual problem as much as it is an educational and informational one.  dfree® addresses the behavioral and attitudinal keys to debt-free living.  The course will allow for one to gain a clear understanding of his or her current financial status and work towards achieving the basic aspects of managing life and handling money according to biblical principles.

Textbook: dfree: Breaking Free from Financial Slavery by DeForest B. Soaries, Jr.

Instructors: Brother Michael and Sister Barbara Glasby

  † Doctrine of Salvation

Course Description:  What does it mean to be saved?  How do I know I am saved?  What am I saved from?  Have you ever asked yourself these questions?  If yes, then this course is for you.  This is a basic course to help new members understand their role as an active disciple in the Body of Christ and also for more seasoned Christians who desire a refresher course in the foundation of Christianity.

Textbooks:  The Holy Bible; Journey into Discipleship by Tommy Higle                                         

Instructor: Deacon Robert Barnard

  † Experiencing God through Prayer

Course Description:  Would you like to strengthen your personal prayer time with God?  You can have an exciting relationship with God.  One of intimate communion with Jesus Christ! Students will learn biblical guidelines for effective, vital communication with God. Discover some of the essential keys to developing a vibrant prayer life.

Textbooks: The Holy Bible and The Power of a Praying Church by Stormie Omartian

Instructor:  Rev. Pertina Scott

 † A Closer Walk with God, Part 2

Course Description:  Whether you are a long time believer or a new believer in the faith, one of your fervent desires may be to have a closer walk and relationship with God in your daily life. This 12-week course will show you a specific process for developing and nourishing a closer walk with God, as well as reiterate the importance of studying God’s Word.

*Facilitators are accepting students of this upcoming class who may not have attended Part 1.

Textbooks:  The Holy Bible and Ten Steps to a Closer Walk with God by David Shower

Instructors:  Rev. Dwight Marable and Rev. French Bryant

 † New Testament: The Miracles of Jesus Christ

Course Description:  The Biblical doctrine of providence teaches that God is working out His plan through His created works. With regard to miracles, it is essential to understand that God is working in the natural flow of events as much as He is when He performs a miracle. Nature is simply God’s customary way of acting. However God, because He is God, can act contrary to ordinary events. When He does we typically classify these acts as miraculous. The primary purpose of Jesus’ miracles was to demonstrate the fact that He was the Messiah, promised by God to Israel through the prophets. Miracles were an integral part of Christ’s Messianic work!  In this class, we will explore the purposes of Jesus’ miracles, the various classifications of miracles and study 10-12 miracles of Jesus Christ for the deeper meanings that they had in the lives of the persons who were impacted by them, as well as how those miracles impact our lives today.

Textbook:  The Holy Bible (your choice of version) and class handouts provided by the instructor

Instructor:  Rev. LaWanda Kamalidiin

 Music Fundamentals and Theory - Combined Courses

Course Description: This course is designed to provide an introduction to music and theory.  For those of you who have an interest in music, a desire to deepen your understanding of concepts, terminology, African American perspective and its relationship to the Christian Church and worship experience then this is the class for you.  All participants will enjoy learning new techniques for learning musical notation through hands-on experience with use of computers and piano keyboards, an important component of learning the rudiments of music making and notation.  Students will even be given the chance to apply what is learned while composing their own melodies and rhythms.  All levels are welcomed.

Textbook (s): No text is required for this course; however web-based activities will be given and we will build a notebook from materials distributed from class.  For further study, the instructors recommend the following: Berklee Music Theory: Book 1 by Paul Schmeling, Uncloudy Days:  The Gospel Music Encyclopedia (2005) by Bill Carpenter, People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music (2004) by Bob Darden, From Performance to Praise: Moving Music Ministry to the Next Level (2004) by

Joe Pace.

 Instructors:  Sister Angela Ford, Sister Heavenly McDuffie, Sister Cheryl Rious, Sister Lisa Rowe

† Whilst Thou Be Made Whole? Part 2

Course Description:  In spite of all the best efforts of modern medicine AND in spite of “By His Stripes” many believers still are not whole (healed). There is no drug, operation, fad diet or pill to defeat fear, sorrow, envy, resentment and hatred – a few of the stresses plaguing us today that manifest into sickness. This course will address spiritual as well as practical lifestyle habits to 1) resist temptation, 2) restore the Temple and 3) maintain the Temple.  Picking up from last semester to focus more on self-care healing, independent meal preparation, navigating the supermarkets and package labels, fasting that works “whole-listically” and so much more!! Join us and “Be” made whole.

Textbook:  The Holy Bible, and Temple Restoration and Maintenance by Dr. Rev. R. Dallas

Instructor:  Dr. Rev. Renette Dallas

 † Marriage Preparation

Course Description: The Marriage Preparation Class is for engaged couples or those couples contemplating engagement. The class is MANDATORY for all couples planning to be married at Mt. Jezreel Baptist Church. The fee for the class is $50 for members and $100 for non-members, which covers all course materials and assessment tools.

Instructors: Rev. Kevin and Sis. Sandy Fennell

Tuesday Youth classes

February 24, 2015 – May 12, 2015

Youth (Ages 3-10)

† The Parables of Christ

Course Description:  In this course, children will read and study the various parables/teachings of Jesus Christ and their meaning to us today.

Textbook:  The Holy Bible

Instructor:  Sister Kim Matthews

 Youth (Ages 11-18)

† The LIE and its Domino Effect

Course Description:  One of the greatest issues that we all struggle with is telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  We bend the truth in many ways. There is the half-truth. You sort of tell the truth, but not the whole truth.  You tell your mom, “I wasn’t feeling well,” which was sort of true. But, in reality, you were not so ill as to miss school. You just wanted to do something else. Or, there is the white lie, a supposedly “innocent” lie that doesn’t hurt anyone. “Yes, your new hair is beautiful!” However you really think the new hair style is a hot mess.  There are the lies that cover for someone or for ourselves: Your dad is in the next room, but you say, “He’s not here right now to take your call.”  Sometimes lies go undercover as exaggeration. You stretch the story a bit to make yourself look better or to evoke sympathy. One of the easiest lies to fall into is the silent lie. This is where someone assumes something about you, which you know to be untrue. But, their mistaken view makes you look good, so you just let it go by and don’t say anything to correct it.

 What’s the effect of a lie? One lie tends to lead to many as a new lie is needed to cover-up the former lie. The movie, “Easy A” discusses how loneliness can lead to desperation, the proper role of parents, and the snowball effect of sin, specifically “the lie”.  We will explore the impact of lying and the destructive power of judging others.

Textbook: N/A

Instructor:  Min. Khalida Burton

Wednesday class

February 25, 2015 – May 13, 2015

† Don’t Join the Fan Club! Becoming a completely committed follower of Jesus

Course Description: This class will emphasize building a relation with Christ which is  not based on keeping rules and rituals. Students will learn how to develop a relationship built upon embodying the character and Spirit of Jesus. The class will also discuss connections between the Old and New Testaments.

Textbook: The Bible; not a fan by Kyle Idleman.  There will also be supplemental reading assignments.

Instructor:  Rev. Eldridge Spearman

Saturday class

February 28, 2015 – May 16, 2015

  Biblical Interpretation – Module III

Prerequisites:  This course is for “seasoned” Bible students, not for persons new to the study of the Bible.  Prospective students must participate in regular, ongoing Bible study outside of study in which they participate as a course requirement.

Course Description: Our God has plans – He knows the end from the beginning!  God’s revealed purposes affect the interpretation of scripture.  Come and explore the Divine Program group of principles.

Textbooks:  The Holy Bible and Interpreting the Scriptures by Kevin Conner and Ken Malmin 

Instructor:  Sister Vera Hollingsworth