||Christian Essentials Enrichment Class
The Christian Essentials class has ended as of March 2, 2014, however this
website will continue to have Dr. Wayne Grudem’s teachings from the past
several years and may cover topics you are studying in the Bible.
Announcement about ending my teaching of this class, taken from a statement
read Jan. 26, 2014, in my class at Scottsdale Bible Church: (by Wayne
Dear Christian Essentials class at Scottsdale Bible Church:
The reasons are entirely personal:
(1) Out of topics:
I am coming to the end of my ethics series and I then will run out
of topics to teach. If I were to continue teaching, it would require
substantially more new
preparation than I have done up to this point for the class. I would have
to launch out into an entirely new teaching area. (such as teaching
through books of the Bible, for example).
I just do not think I should do that at this point. (age 65) I now have
over 200 lectures on theology and ethics on the class website.
(2) Weariness: I'm just feeling physically and emotionally (perhaps spiritually) weary of
preparing to do this teaching. I have been feeling this way for the last couple of months.
I just don't have the excitement for the class that I have had up to this point. I understand
that to be the Lord's way of guiding me gently to bring my teaching of this class to an end.
I started the class in September 2002, so it has been a good run for 11 1/2 years. But now
I think the Lord wants me to focus even more time and attention on writing.
Some members of the class might decide to join another one of the excellent enrichment classes
here at Scottsdale Bible Church. But I am also hoping that this Christian Essentials class
will continue. I have talked with Steve Eriksson about this, since he oversees adult education
at Scottsdale Bible Church. Therefore, if any of you have suggestions as to who could teach
the class, could you please let this be known to Steve Eriksson or to Ron Dickison.
It has been a great privilege and joy for me to teach this class now
for 11 ½ years, since September 2002. Margaret and I have gotten
to know many dozens of you through this class, and over the years our
very best friends have been people we got to know in this class. It has
been a major part of our lives and a wonderful blessing from God, and
we are thankful for it and for all of you. We look forward to continuing
as active members of Scottsdale Bible Church for many years to come.
Dr. Wayne Grudem is the teacher of Christian Essentials
class. He became Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at
Phoenix Seminary in 2001, after teaching at Trinity Evangelical Divinity
20 years. He served as president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and
Womanhood, as president of the Evangelical Theological Society (1999) and
as a member
of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version
of the Bible. He has written more than 100 articles for both popular and
journals as well as a number of books including: Systematic Theology: An
Introduction of Biblical Doctrine, Politics - According to the Bible: A
Comprehensive Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues in Light
The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament
and Today, The First Epistle of Peter (TNTC), Business For the Glory of
God, Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth, and The TNIV and the Gender-Neutral
Bible Controversy. He also
served as General Editor for the ESV Study Bible (2008).
He has his
own website which has extra lessons, videos and outlines for
you to see - WayneGrudem.com
The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association
announced the ESV Study Bible is the Christian Book
Award Winner for 2009.