The Bible at 9:30 a.m.
9:30 - 10:45 a.m., French Room/Library
Join us for Bible exploration, presentation and conversation. The Bible @ 9:30 continues an intriguing study of the book of Acts. The class is led by Rev. Ed Koster. All are welcome to attend this solid biblical study and robust discussion.
First Couples at 9:30 a.m.
Come for spiritual growth, learning, fellowship and support for couples and individuals. To find out more about this group and to view the schedule, visit our First Couples page.
Exploring the Faith at 11:00 a.m.
The Reformation: Then and Now – A Series on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
In 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This bold act is the starting point of the Protestant Reformation and ignited a transformation of the entire church as well as Christian theology. In October, our 11:00 a.m. Adult Education Course will explore the historical, biblical and theological background of the five theological foundations, or “solas,” of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone), Sola fide (by faith alone), Sola gratia (by grace alone), Solus Christus (by Christ alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (glory to God alone). First Pres will welcome a series of excellent guest speakers from across Michigan as well as some familiar voices from Ann Arbor.
October 1 - Sola Fide: By Faith Alone
Rev. Dr. Todd Cioffi from Calvin College will be our presenter. He directs the Calvin Prison Initiative and will explore the connections between “faith” and the ethics of our system of mass incarceration. Todd holds a degree from Hope College, and a M.Div. and Ph.D. in systematic theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is a Presbyterian Church (USA) pastor and has served several churches and ministries over the years.
October 8 - Sola Scripture: Scripture Alone
How are biblical texts God's Word to us today? This class will examine the classical Reformed doctrine of Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone) through an interpretative lens of those on the margins, and will include an opportunity for discussion. Presenters are Blair Buckley and Rev. Dorothy Parks- Piatt, Resident Minsters.
October 15 - Solus Cristus: Christ Alone
The reformers recognized the centrality of Jesus Christ to understanding God and to salvation. How do we understand who Christ is? And what does is mean as we seek to live as followers of Christ? Eric Koenig-Reinke, Resident Minster at First Pres will be our presenter.
October 22 - Sola Gratia: Grace Alone
Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray, President of Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit, will be our presenter exploring the theological and practical dimension of the Reformation’s theology of grace. Stephen holds degrees from Bucknell, Yale University Divinity School and Union Theological Seminary in New York and is an American Baptist Pastor and national church leader.
October 29 - Soli Deo Gloria: to the Glory to God Alone
The Rev. Ed Koster will pull all the threads in this Reformation series together for us. Ed is a Presbyterian minister, an attorney, the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Detroit, a teacher and active participant in the life of First Pres.
Companion Resource Offered
As a companion for our Reformation: Then and Now Series, First Pres will offer a guide to the Reformation: Reformation Questions, Reformation Answers: 95 Key Events, People, and Issues by Donald K. McKim for $10. Purchase copies in the Church Office. McKim’s book helps with questions such as: What does “Protestant” mean? What are the differences in worship among Protestants? Who were the Huguenots? What does the Reformation mean for us today? This new book provides the basic history of the Protestant Reformation.
Additional Reading and Study Groups
Other small groups, such as reading groups and bible studies, are also available. For more information visit our Small Groups page.