Core classes focus on central Christian doctrines and equip participants for practical life application of these core biblical truths. Core classes are organized into two tracks and are offered on a repeating two-year schedule every fall, winter, and spring.​

Cherrydale Core Classes

Christian Basics Track Bible & Theology Track
Fall 2019
Winter 2020
Spring 2020

Fall 2020
Winter 2021

Sunday Classes & Electives Schedule


Course Descriptions

Christian Basics Track

Christianity Explored

Explore what life is all about: In each session, you’ll have the chance to look at the life of Jesus for yourself and ask any question. We won’t ask you to sing, pray, or read aloud, and you don’t need to know anything about the Bible to participate. If you want to know more about who Jesus is and why He matters, please come and explore Christianity with us! ↑top

Personal Devotion & Disciplines

Learn the basic but vital disciplines of the Christian faith, including worship, prayer, Scripture study, meditation, memorization, and more. Learn why these disciplines are central to helping us grow in godliness, and receive practical suggestions for cultivating them in your personal pursuit of God. ↑top

How to Study the Bible

Have you ever wondered how to read the Bible? Have you ever struggled with studying it yourself? Should we read one book of the Bible the same way we read another? This class will cover a study of proper theories and methods of Bible interpretation and provide actual practice in interpreting a text of Scripture. The goal of the class is to inspire a greater love for God by teaching you how to read, interpret, and apply His Word as a faithful follower of Jesus. ↑top

Living as a Church

What is a local church? What should it do and how should it function? What are the responsibilities and privileges of church membership? Is membership even necessary? How can we go about caring for one another as members of one body in Christ? We will answer these questions as we explore what it means to be a meaningful member of a local church. ↑top

The Great Commission: Making Disciples from Arlington to the Ends of the Earth

The first part of the class will focus on how to share the gospel and disciple a brand new believer. The second part will cover how to engage in cross-cultural disciple-making, whether locally or globally. The third part of the course will cover global disciple-making. ↑top


Bible & Theology Track

Old Testament Overview, Part 1

This core class provides a basic introduction to the content and theology of the first half of the Old Testament from Genesis to Esther. You’ll learn the basic arguments and major contributions of each book of the law along with Israel’s history, with the goal of gaining a greater love of God through increased knowledge of His Word. ↑top

Old Testament Overview, Part 2

This core class provides a basic introduction to the content and theology of the second half of the Old Testament from Job to Malachi. You will learn the basic arguments and major contributions of the Bible’s poetic, wisdom, and prophetic literature, with the goal of gaining a greater love of God through increased knowledge of His Word. ↑top

New Testament Overview

This core class will provide a basic introduction to the content and theology of the New Testament, covering Jesus’ life and ministry in the gospels, the growth of the early church in Acts, and the core Christian doctrine in the letters, to God’s glorious picture of the future in Revelation. Learn the basic arguments and major contributions of each New Testament book and gain a greater love for God through increased knowledge of His Word. ↑top

Progress of Redemption: Biblical Theology

Does the Bible ever feel like a random collection of disconnected books? Have you ever wondered how all the stories, events, and teachings of the Bible relate and fit together? We will introduce you to the basics of biblical theology—a study of the historical progression of God’s revelation and His singular redemptive plan for humanity that unifies all Scripture. Join us as we explore the storyline of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. ↑top

Foundations of the Faith: A Systematic Theology

Would you like to know more about the basic beliefs of Christianity? Would you like to know the biblical bases for these beliefs? This core class provides a basic introduction to systematic theology, which considers the major doctrines of the Christian faith in an orderly, thematic arrangement. Join us as we seek to organize and articulate our beliefs about the Bible, God, humanity, sin, salvation, the church, and the end times. ↑top

Church History

Covering the Acts of the Apostles and the early councils and creeds, through the Middle Ages and the Reformation, to the rapid global expansion of Christianity in the last century, this class focuses on God’s gracious work of building His church over the past 2,000 years. You’ll learn how God has established, strengthened, and protected His church throughout the ages. Join us as we consider how to hold fast to the faith of our forebearers while avoiding the pitfalls of the past. ↑top