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2016-2017 Family Night Classes


This year, Family Night features a video Bible series!

  • Volume 6 - In The Dust of the Rabbi: Becoming a Disciple transports you to locations in Israel and Turkey to learn how the early church lived as disciples of Jesus. Come and follow teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan into the life of a talmid (disciple). Learn about how following a rabbi wasn't simply a hobby, it was a passion that was the driving force behind every action, every thought. And ask yourself, how passionate are you to follow Jesus?
  • Volume 7 - Walk As Jesus Walked: Being A Disciple In A Broken World. As disciples of Jesus, we've discovered that following him demands an intense commitment to the text and complete devotion to Christian community. But there is more. Come discover the fierce passion of our early Christian brothers and sisters to walk like Jesus - even when the path becomes treacherous. Continue to walk with Ray Vander Laan through the land that Jesus and his disciples walked, learn how the culture and politics of the time influenced the imagery and stories of the Bible, and see the text through the eyes of God's chosen people, the Jews.

Ray Vanderlaan Video Series Volume 6

Wednesday 10/5/2016 7:00 PM
Session 1: When the Rabbi Says, "Come": There was an old Jewish saying that said to follow a rabbi was to "be covered with the dust of his feet." When Jesus says, "Come" how close to him do you get? Travel into Galilee and see how the text, the community and becoming like the rabbi drive the early disciples.

Ray Vanderlaan Video Series Volume 6

Wednesday 10/19/2016 7:00 PM
Session 2: When the Rabbi Says, "Go": In Jesus' time, disciples were raised in a Jewish community that knew and lived the Torah. However, at some point, they would be sent out into a hellenistic world. These early disciples spend the rest of their lives trying to live like Jesus.

Ray Vanderlaan Video Series Volume 6

Wednesday 11/2/2016
Session 3: The Presence of God: A Counter-Cultural Community: Set in the beautiful, greek city of Priene, Ray Vander Laan walks us back into a time where town councils, city markets and even the warmth of the fire were provided by the gods of the day. How does a follower of Jesus live among believers of Athena, Apollo and Asclepius? Learn what it means to truly be part of a community of believers.

Ray Vanderlaan Video Series Volume 6

Wednesday 11/16/2016
Session 4: Living Stones: We once again visit Priene. This time to see the ruins of the magnificent temple of Athena. But as majestic and awe-inspiring as that temple must have been, it no longer stands. Ray Vander Laan challenges believers to consider what it means to be the temple of God. What do we look like to the rest of the world?

Christmas Carol Hymn Sing

Wednesday 12/7/2016 7:00 PM
Little brings greater joy to the heart and soul of the Christian than the hearty singing of Christmas carols. Join your Baldwin Street CRC family members in the singing of the carols of Christmas on Wednesday evening, December 18. With George Fenema in the lead and Carol Essenburg to accompany us we will make a joyful Christmas noise of praise to our Heavenly Father. DON'T MISS THIS!!

Ray Vanderlaan Video Series Volume 6

Wednesday 12/21/2016 7:00 PM
Session 5: The Very Words of God: Didyma was one of three oracles in ancient times - places where people would travel hundreds of miles just to hear the predictions of the gods. Explore the ancient mystery of the oracle process and consider how far you would go to hear a word from God.

State Representative Roger Victory

Wednesday 1/4/2017 7:00 PM
Please join State Representative Roger Victory for an evening of open discussion. Roger Victory represents the townships of Georgetown, Allendale, Polkton, Chester, Wright, and Tallmadge along with the city of Coopersville in the State House. The format will be a quick Lansing update from the Representative and then the floor will be open for questions.

Ray Vanderlaan Video Series Volume 7

Wednesday 1/18/2017 7:00 PM
Session 1: Run, The Passion of Elijah - Aphrodisias: As the gospel of Jesus spread across a Gentile world unfamiliar with the teachings and culture of the Jews, the early church faced an interesting challenge meeting different cultures in their own context to demonstrate the redeeming power of the kingdom of God. Follow the early believers through the Roman city of Aphrodisias in modern-day Turkey and see firsthand the effectual nature of cultural metaphor in communicating the good news.

Ray Vanderlaan Video Series Volume 7

Wednesday 2/1/2017 7:00 PM
Session 2: Learning to walk like Jesus - Antioch Pisidia: After meeting Jesus on the Damascus Road, Paul dedicated the rest of his life to sharing the gospel with anyone and everyone. He soon became one of the major leaders in the early church, focusing much of his effort on reaching out to the Gentiles. Follow along in Paul's early travels, embracing the challenge to imitate his complete submission to the kingship of Jesus Christ.

Ray Vanderlaan Video Series Volume 7

Wednesday 2/15/2017 7:00 PM
Session 3: An Unlikely Disciple - Paul as Rabbi, Timothy as Disciple - Lystra: The apostle Paul was no stranger to the duties of a rabbi, having studied under one of the most famous rabbis in Israel before becoming one himself. He understood exactly what Jesus meant before His ascension, when He commanded the church to go out and make disciples. In this lesson, follow Paul though the region of Galatia and discover the implications of this command as it reached in increasingly Gentile world.

Ray Vanderlaan Video Series Volume 7

Wednesday 3/1/2017 7:00 PM
Session 4: Why Christians Suffer - Cappodocia: Jesus told His disciples that anyone who wished to follow Him would have to take up his own cross. Many of the early believers did just that, willingly following in their rabbi's footsteps even when it meant certain death. Count their cost as you follow the stories of some of these ancient brothers and sisters.

Ray Vanderlaan Video Series Volume 7

Wednesday 3/15/2017 7:00 PM
Session 5: Don't Forget Us - Cappodocia: In his letter to the Corinthian church, Paul wrote that the body of Christ is a unit made up of many parts and when one part suffers, the whole body suffers along with it. Are you aware of the suffering of brothers and sisters, both in your own experience and around the world? In this lesson, follow the rabbi deep into the caves of Cappadocia and honor the suffering, both past and present, of the body of Christ for the sake of the gospel.