In a day when houses no longer have front porches, the workday lasts far too long and weekends are filled with too much activity.  It's hard to find and maintain good lasting relationships with other adults. Many of us do not even know our next-door neighbors. In that same hectic world when you feel the weight of the world is on your shoulders, you also had better be standing on solid ground or you'll slowly start sinking in the mire of the world. Western Avenue's Adult Sunday School can help you with those problems. 

 

In our Adult Sunday School, you will find that there's a class just right for you to make new friends who will help you enjoy the high marks of life and stand beside you during the rough stretches. You'll also start learning Biblical truths to support you and your family. Most of our classes work through the Bible one book at a time to see how God has revealed Himself to us in His Word.
 

Current Co-Ed Classes

  • Room

    Class

    Age Range

  • 144

    College - Dan Roseman / Brent & Janine Bowman

    18-24

  • 155

    Newly Married/Engaged - Josh & Haley Bowles

    18-29

    A class that focuses on the Scriptures by exploring books of the Bible verse by verse. Class members also enjoy social events so couples can share life with others in our church family.

  • 157

    The House

    20s-30s

    A class for singles and married couples who are looking to study books of the Bible verse by verse. This class is led by Anthony Crum. While the class is targeted toward couples in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, anyone of any age is welcome to attend.

  • 149

    Katie Hatchett & Bob McCrary

    30s+

    This class enjoys a variety of members from teenagers to retirees and those who are married, single, or attend as families. It is the object of the class to go deeper in Bible study and practical life application as Christ followers. Scripture is studied, a book at a time, with Lifeway materials as a guide. Fellowships throughout the year are opportunities to better get to know one another.

  • 159

    Greg Davis

    30s+

    A class that is friendly, cares for people, tries to meet the needs of all members, stands on the Word of God, and loves to fellowship each month by getting together outside the classroom. This class follows the denominational literature.

  • Fell. Hall

    David Moss

    All Ages

    A large Bible class open to people of different ages and different marital statuses. This class works through books of the Bible and theological topics.

  • MPR

    Andy White

    30s-50s

    A class for anyone interested in concentrated Bible study, ministry to others, meeting some of the nicest people in our church, and enjoying a good time while doing all the above. This class enjoys activities outside the classroom, as well. This class follows the denominational literature.

  • 156

    Sam Morrow & Dana Roseman

    40s-50s

    A class for anyone interested in exploring the Bible with an emphasis on practical life application of Biblical principles. This class also explores Christian books that can have tremendous impact on our lives.

  • 151

    Bill Stewart & Dwaine Menscer

    40s-60s

    A class with emphasis on Bible study and applying what we learn to our lives with caring, loving class members who minister to each other in times of need. This class follows the denominational literature.

  • 167

    Jubilee

    50s-70s

    A conservative class for older individuals looking for serious Bible study taught by Dave Shoop. Discussion and class participation are central, not just lecture. This class follows the denominational literature.

Current Special Classes

  • Room

    Class

    Age Range

  • 115

    Just As I Am: Special Needs Class

    All Ages & Needs

    This class exists to assist families with special needs. Taught by two experienced parents with several loving assistants, your child will receive love and care and taught about Christ in a way that is developmentally appropriate. Parents are welcome to drop by.

LifeBuilders

Investing in others: one life at a time.

Life Builders takes evangelism and discipleship to its simplest level—one life at a time. One-to-one or couple-to-couple, we help lives become transformed through Jesus—and see His life reproduced in others. Through a proven, life-on-life mentoring process, we help to advance the Great Commandment (Matt. 22:37-39) and fulfill God’s Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) to reach and disciple a world in need. The Life Builder’s approach equips believers to communicate their faith and transfer biblical principles of Christian growth through a relational process of spiritual mentoring.

 

Philosophy

1. The Christian life is faith experienced.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 2:6, "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him." Just how is it that people receive Christ Jesus as Lord? It is by grace through faith (See Ephesians 2:8-9.) God offers each person forgiveness of sins and eternal life with Him as a gift. We receive this gift through faith or trust in God and His Word. Once we've entered into a relationship with God through faith, we continue to develop the relationship through faith. Our natural human tendency, however, is to try to develop the relationship through our own effort. Our own fallen thought processes go something like this: "God, thanks for getting me started on this relationship with You . . . I'll take it from here." In the New Testament, Paul regularly addressed this tendency to revert. He chided the Christians at Galatia, "Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?" (Galatians 3:3). The only way to grow in our relationship with God is to continue to live by faith in God and His Word. All throughout our one-to-one discipleship process we emphasize this principle of faith. We must learn to trust what God's Word says rather than trusting in what we are told by our emotions, our circumstances, or our culture.

2. The Christian life is process developed.

The writer to the Hebrews penned these words: "By one sacrifice He has made perfect forever those who are being made holy" (Hebrews 10:14). All believers have received the righteousness of Christ. As a result, we are completely forgiven for all our sins and are free from condemnation (See Romans 8:1). The Bible is also clear, however, that we are in process as we daily live out our relationship with Christ. It takes time for our attitudes and actions to catch up with our position as those who have received the righteousness of Christ. (See Rom. 3:21-31). As we take men and women through our 1-to-1 discipleship process, our objective is not to get through the lessons, but to allow biblical truth to impact our attitudes and actions. As a result, we don't worry if it takes two or three meetings to go through one lesson.

3. The Christian life is relationally transferred.

Though there are exceptions, most followers of Christ can usually point to a few individuals who were instrumental in helping them in their faith. The reason is simple: God has created us as relational beings. We need and depend upon others in every aspect of life. It's no different in our spiritual development. God uses other people to disciple us in our walk with Him. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, one of the men he had discipled, "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others" (2 Timothy 2:2). We ask all the people we disciple to pass on what they are learning to at least one other person. This does several things. First of all, it increases their motivation and desire to learn - they want to be prepared when it's their turn to disciple someone else. Second, it gives them the opportunity to put their faith into action. Finally, it helps them develop an outward focus. Jesus commanded His followers to "make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:18-20). The very nature of Jesus' message (the gospel or "good news" of the kingdom) requires that it be reproduced in others.

4. The Christian life is Holy Spirit empowered.

Jesus said, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you" (John 14:26). Have you ever tried to live the Christian Life obediently and joyfully only to experience doubt and discouragement because of a lack of strength and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit? Our Lord tells us in Ephesians 5:18 "And do not be drunk with wine for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit." He says that we can't live the Christian life by any external sources, but only by His indwelling Spirit. The Life Builders' resources help one understand that we have to not only be filled with God's Holy Spirit, but also how to live in victory by His power versus our own resources. Growth and change occurs as one applies the truth of God (Bible) by faith empowered by the Holy Spirit.

5. The Christian life is love motivated.

We believe the Christian life is motivated by love (Luke 7:43, John 14:15). Have you ever become discouraged because of your behavior? Jesus said in John 14:15 that if we love Him we will behave or keep His commands. Jesus also explained to the Pharisees in Luke 7:47 that the immoral woman who wiped His feet with her tears and hair loved very much because she realized how much she had been forgiven. The intent in the Life Builders discipleship process is to help people discover the love shown to them at the cross by our wonderful Lord so they will become so appreciative and grateful to their Savior that they will, in turn, pass on to others that love and help others experience the same forgiveness and love. Understanding this love motivates obedience and gratefulness.

Faith Process

Step one: Memorize the Faith Definition.

Faith Definition: Faith is choosing to live as though the Bible is true regardless of circumstances, emotions, or cultural trends.

  • Internalize what it means to live by faith.
  • Faith is the “persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true.”
  • Genuine faith always affects HOW the believer lives his or her life. Faith is never merely an intellectual change; it always changes one’s life.
  • The choice of faith is to choose to live exactly how the Bible is stated regardless of your circumstances, regardless of your emotions, and regardless of the cultural trends that may be influencing your life.  

Step Two: Ask the Faith Question.

Faith Question: If I were living as though the Bible is true, then how would I be living according to a particular passage?

Turn to God’s Word in faith and begin living as though it is true, regardless of your circumstances, how you feel about it, or the cultural trends that surround you.  Begin asking the “faith question” in every situation in your life: If I were living as though the Bible were true, then how would I be living according to a particular passage?

Step Three: Ask for the Holy Spirit's Help.

Ask the Holy Spirit of God to help you live as though the Bible were true. 

One of Scripture’s most wonderful promises is found in I John 5:14-15.  “This is the confidence which we have before Him that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”  If God is more concerned with our obedience than we are, then we should have the confidence when we ask Him to help us to live according to His Word rather than by our circumstances, emotions or cultural trends.

Interested?

If the LifeBuilders process sounds like something of which you'd like to be a part, contact Sam Morrow or Steve Paterson

 

 

Women's Ministry

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever! Amen.

- 2 Peter 3:18

If you have questions, concerns or want to get connected with other ladies, please contact our Women’s Ministry Director, April Terrell  (828.244.6649 | daughtersbygrace1@gmail.com).
 

Our Purpose

Daughters by Grace is the women’s ministry of Western Avenue Baptist Church. We desire:

  • To grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
  • To encourage all generations of women to study and teach the scriptures
  • To strengthen the church by leading women with word-filled teaching
  • To minister to the lost and to hurting women
  • To be a safe, authentic, Christ-honoring community for women to grow in their relationship with Jesus and with each other

Meet the Team

  • Amanda Johnson
  • April Terrell
  • Erica Goodnight
  • Lee Schmalbach

Current Women's Classes

  • Room

    Class

    Age Range

  • 150

    Mary Mallory, Glendora Yarbrough and Ginger Abberger

    20s-50s

    A class for younger women interested in fellowship around serious study of God’s Word with lots of lively discussion. This class follows the denominational literature.

  • 176

    Glenda Cook

    40s-50s

    A ladies' class that focuses on study of the Scriptures. This class follows the denominational literature.

  • 154

    Nancy Wilson & Joyce Green

    50s-60s

    A class for women who enjoy fellowship, ministry, and studying God’s Word, book by book. This class is also active in missions projects. This class follows the denominational literature

  • 165

    April Terrell

    60s+

    A class for ladies who are interested in studying the Bible with other women. A group of caring ladies who try to minister to those with illness and other deep concerns. Members also do a series of service projects as needs arise. This class follows the denominational literature.

Men's Ministry

To Serve for His Glory

Men - if you'd like to fellowship with brothers in Christ, serve His people, enjoy hiking, camping, cookouts, and sporting events - be on the lookout for upcoming events such as:

  1. Small Group Bible Studies
  2. Habitat for Humanity framing and landscaping
  3. Painting trim on a member's home and general landscaping
  4. Target Shooting
  5. Spring Family Barbeque with Classic Cars

Meet the Team

  • Wilson RuthMen's Ministry Coordinator
  • Aaron McDuffie Food & Fellowship Coordinator
  • Paul Veach Activities Coordinator

Current Men's Classes

  • Room

    Class

    Age Range

  • 164

    Delmus Ferguson

    20s-50s

    A class for men interested in exploring the Bible. This class follows the denominational literature.

  • 153

    Wayne Craddock & Harry Lipe

    30s-50s

    A class for older men interested in exploring the Bible. This class follows the denominational literature.

  • 161

    Kenny Morrison

    50s+

    A faithful class of men who want to be a part of a close knit group of caring, loving people who put Christ first in their lives. This class follows the denominational literature.

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