Study Center

The Gibsonia Study Center at Grace RPC offers seminars and mini-courses designed for Christians interested in increasing their Bible knowledge and others to learn more about the Christian faith.  There is no tuition fee, but a free-will offering will be taken.

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Past Events:

“Training in Grace” was held on Tuesdays from 7-8:30pm in October, 2010

What is Training in Grace? If you are like many Christians, you have thought about the relationship between the words of Jesus Christ on the cross “It is finished” and His words to all His disciples to “take up your cross and follow me.”  This is what Paul referred to in his letter to Titus as the grace of God training us in righteous living.

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works …” (Tit 2:11-14 ESV).

The October seminars are designed to assist, not only in the Christian’s understanding of how God works this in us, but how we work it out in real life through the grace of Christ.

Oct. 5: Dr. Richard C. Gamble on “Growing Godly”
Oct. 12: Dr. Wayne R. Spear on “Kneeling: Where Growth Begins”
Oct. 19: Pastor Jeff Stivason on “Walking: Making Godly Decisions”
Oct. 26: Dr. Calvin L. Troup on “Speaking: Confessing the Faith”

“Understanding the End” was held March 9 through April 13, 2010.

The seminars dealt with a number of common questions within Christianity regarding what the Bible teaches about the end of the world, the millennium, the tribulation, the Antichrist, and the consummation of the heavenly kingdom of Jesus Christ.

The following professors from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary and their lecture topics were:
March 9: Rev. CJ Williams, professor of Old Testament Studies, “Waiting for the Temple: Seeing the End from the Beginning”, based on Genesis 1-3, answering the question: “Has the plan for salvation changed?”
March 16: Dr. Dennis Prutow, professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, “Relationship Between Israel and the Church” based on Daniel 2 and Daniel 7.
March 23: Dr. Dennis Prutow, “End Times Calendar”, a study of the Seventy Weeks in Daniel 9 along with consideration of the 1,000 years in Revelation 20.
March 30: Rev. Jeffrey Stivason, adjunct professor of Pastoral Theology and pastor of Grace RPC, “What About the Tribulation? Suffering as the Church’s Eschatological Experience with Future Glory.”
April 6: Rev. Jeffrey Stivason, “Who is the Antichrist?”
April 13: Dr. Edward Robson, emeritus professor of New Testament Studies, “The Seven Blessings of the Revelation”, The Gibsonia Study Center offers seminars and mini-courses designed for Christians interested in increasing their Bible knowledge and others to learn more about the Christian faith.