Grace Classes

Grace Classes focus on personal spiritual renewal, biblical and theological foundations and practical instruction to experience what it means to live a life of renewal and spiritual vitality.

Our desire is for everyone to take an occasional four or six week class throughout the year to grow deeper in their gospel understanding. If you are interested in a more in depth study, ask Colin about serving on a Round Table.

If you have any questions about classes/scheduling at Grace Mills River please contact John Shelley at

Classes for the Fall 2018 semester are listed below.

  WELCOME: Becoming Family
Contact John for details about the next session:
This class is dedicated to very brief introductory topics which relate directly to Grace Mills River. Join us for a wonderful opportunity to learn about various ministries and their leaders, as well as our distinctives, values, philosophy and vision. *Required for those seeking membership.

Please click here to register for the next available Becoming Family Class. This is a year-round registration form, which means after you register, we will contact you regarding the next available Becoming Family Class.

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  Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson
Wednesday night, starting September 12th, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm.
Do you ever feel like your desire for God is waning? Are you numb to the routine of church? What does it mean to be truly awakened to the wonder of the gospel? Jared Wilson contends that we must be regularly engaged and engaging others with the good news of the sacrificing, dying, rising, exalted person of Jesus Christ. Wilson reminds us of the death-proof, fail-proof King of kings who is before all things and in all things and holding all things together, and of the Spirit’s power to quicken our hearts and captivate our imaginations. The message of Gospel Wakefulness will make numbness the exception (rather than the norm) and reawaken us to the multifaceted brilliance of the gospel.

Joy! A Bible Study in Philippians (women only)
Friday mornings. Sept 7th - December 7th. Fellowship from 9-9:30, and then discuss the lesson from 9:30 - 11:00.
Living in the Gospel has transforming power, even in difficult circumstances. In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he gives us new understanding of this truth – to live this way brings JOY! In this class, we encounter the Scripture directly, share our thoughts with other women, and hear insight from class teachers and leaders. Along the way, we enjoy great fellowship as we develop relationships with others - we hope you will join us as we study God’s Word in community!


Engage Classes, to be announced later this semester

Servant Leaders Part II
Sunday Mornings, 10:45am - 12:00pm, starting Sept 9th, ending October 14th.
These classes equip people understand, integrate, replicate and communicate the gospel message with others inside or outside of the church. In short, you can expect classes that provide “”fertile soil to grow future and current ministry leaders and communicators. Completion of this course is required for everyone interested in pursuing a position of influence at Grace Mills River such as Officers, Teachers, Ministry Leaders, Small Group Leaders, Worship Leaders, etc.

Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
Independent Study
In many ways, the church today has more consumers than committed participants. We see church merely as an event we attend or an organization we belong to, rather than as a calling that shapes our entire life. Many of us would be relieved if God had placed our sanctification in the hands of trained professionals, but that simply is not the biblical model. If you followed the Lord for a thousand years, you would still need the ministry of the body of Christ as much as you did the day you first believed. This need will remain until our sanctification is complete in Glory. This is a comprehensive treatment of how God uses people as tools of change in the lives of others, people who themselves are in need of change. *Required for all Grace Classes teachers & mentors.

Here’s how it works. Choose one of the book options, register online (either we can order the book or you can do that on your own) and begin reading. Registration allows us to let other people know who else is reading the same books so that you will have opportunities to get to know your fellow readers by engaging in conversations at your convenience throughout the reading process. Gospel Readers (approximately 3 or 4 books a year) & Deeper Readers (1 or 2 books a year) will invite registered readers to join in a few discussion forums near the end of the reading period. Devotional Readers will not have any formal forums but we encourage you to interact with others who are reading the same book by inviting 1 or more of your fellow readers to gather in your home, for a hike or at a favorite coffee shop from time to time for conversations. Ladies, if you have always wanted to read through Bible, you have a unique opportunity to participate in the weekly Ladies Bible Read for a fun and relational way to read Scripture. Please remember to register for any or all of the Readers options.

Diving Deeper: The Institutes of John Calvin, Tony Lane and Hilary Osborne (Abridged)
Start reading now, discussion forum beginning on September 8th, 2019.
This abridged edition of the Institutes provides a readable and inexpensive sampler of Calvin’s greatest work. Lane has condensed the 1559 edition, retaining the heart of Calvin’s teachings on all his major themes.

Devotional: Saving Grace by Jack Miller
Start reading book now, then discuss after the holidays.
Begin a Year of Grace-Filled Living Now! The gospel changes how we live each day. That’s the premise of Saving Grace and the legacy of Jack Miller’s ministry. Founder of Serge and the New Life Presbyterian network of churches, Miller believed that Christians need to hear the gospel by faith every day, and he preached what he believed. With topics like forgiveness, relationships, temptation, prayer, joy, and perseverance this daily devotional will help readers to catch Miller s hope-filled vision for living in light of the gospel.

Ladies Bible Read
1st & 3rd Fridays at 11:00 am. Year round class
Experience fellowship and growth in your reading of scripture by going through a one year Bible reading plan. For ladies of all ages. Appropiate for everyone, Christains, doubters and non-Christians.

Moving On: Beyond Forgive and Forget by Ruth Ann Batstone
Start reading book now, then discuss book after the holidays. An email will be sent out to those registered about the discussion forum dates.
Moving On presents a compassionate and nuanced exploration of what forgiveness is and is not. It looks honestly at the realities of deep hurt and offers concrete direction for working through the process of forgiveness. Jesus, the man of sorrows and well acquainted with grief, is the one who understands our struggle and is with us each step of the way. His gospel is not a panacea for trouble, but it is the path through trouble as we keep our eyes fixed on him. We can forget the evil that has been done, but we can grow in faith, hope, and love as we turn to Jesus daily.

If you have any questions about classes/scheduling at Grace Mills River please contact John Shelley at