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DeeperLife classes are in-depth discipleship opportunities that are offered at other times beyond Sunday AM Groups. These courses are designed to challenge you toward maturity in your faith and to a greater knowledge of God's Word as you seek to be a follower of Christ (a disciple).

We seek to carry out our vision of disciples making discples through helping people establish four points of connection in their lives.

  • Connect persons to Christ through faith and repentance.
  • Establish persons in a mature faith and in authentic community.
  • Equip and mentor persons toward sharing faith and serving others.
  • Multiply opportunities to engage believers in making disciples.


Summer 2017 Deeper Life Classes


We live in an age when everyone is trying to live richer, fuller lives. We're told to buy this, try that, eat those, and say no to the rest, as if that's all we need to do to make our lives complete.
Two thousand years ago, the church at Colossae faced similar challenges. The apostle Paul wrote a letter outlining the only way we can live complete lives: Christ. What can we learn today from this ancient church?

Called by many scholars the "most profound letter Paul ever wrote," Colossians warrants a careful, faithful study. In this short but exciting letter, Paul makes the case for the supremacy of Christ in all things. This class will call your attention to Paul's essential thoughts on living a complete life.

  • Teacher: Dr. Thurman Hayes, Jr.
  • Coed
  • Location: Adult 7
  • Time: Wednesday, 6:30 PM - Begins May 31, 2017. (5 Weeks)

Leading Life Changing Groups

Have you ever thought of leading a small group? Have you ever wanted to learn the skills of a small group leader? This class is an introduction to anyone who would like to learn about leading a small group.

Like nothing else, small groups have the power to change lives. They’re the ideal route to discipleship—a place where the rubber of biblical truth meets the road of human relationships. Leading Life-Changing Small Groups helps you learn the basics of leading a successful small group. Regardless of whether you are a person leading for the first time or you have been leading for years, this class will help the small group leader more effectively facilitate group discussion and encourage and support group members in a way that leads to authentic and lasting life change.

The class will give insight into the process of group formation and answer practical questions about meeting preparation and how to encourage group participation. It includes a model for discipleship within a small group and suggestions for dealing with some of the common roadblocks and struggles that most groups encounter. For those who want to lead small groups with excellence and truly witness life change in their small groups, this class will offer practical answers and inspiring examples.

  • Teacher:  David Edgell
  • Coed
  • Location: Traylor 2nd floor (T204)
  • Time: Wednesday, 6:30 PM - Begins June 7, 2017 (5 Weeks)

Joshua: Living as a Consistent Role Model

Joshua shows how faith is still the ultimate weapon, regardless of the battlefield. In a world that appears to be largely confused about the nature of strong leadership, the story of Joshua is a clear and vivid depiction of what strong leadership looks like. Though Joshua faced real flesh and blood battles, he shows how men today can put on the “whole armor of God” to defeat the powers of darkness whether in the conference room or the factory floor. Join with other men in studying this strong biblical role-model and be challenged toward    being a man of character.

  •  Teacher:  Steve Windon
  • Men's Study
  • Location: Traylor 2nd floor (T212)
  • Time: Wednesday, 6:30 PM - Begins June 21, 2017 (10 Weeks)


In spite of his dire situation as a prisoner in a Roman jail, Paul's letter to the church at Philippi overflows with joy. Discover Paul's secret to finding joy in Christ as you study verse-by-verse through the book of Philippians. Take notice of how Paul's single-minded focus remains on Jesus and learn how your joy can also be complete in Christ.

  • Teacher:  Dr. Thurman Hayes, Jr.
  • Coed
  • Location: Adult 7
  • Time: Wednesday, 6:30 PM - Begins August 2, 2017 (6 Weeks)

 Exploring the Bible

In Ephesians 4:12, the Apostle Paul said that the purpose for providing church leaders is to EQUIP members of the body of Christ with the skills and knowledge to carry out their tasks of ministry. Each week we will be taking an in-depth look into the Sunday School lesson to gain content knowledge and process skills to assist in teaching and working with small groups.
Winter 2017— Joshua, Judges and Ruth
Spring 2017—Matthew 14-28

  • Teacher: Kermit Hobbs
  • Coed (S.S. Teachers - Adult)
  • Location: Choir Room
  • Time: Wednesday, 6:30 PM (Ongoing)



The registration table is located in the Family Gathering Area at First Suffolk. Registration forms are available below:

  • Registration Form
  • Deeper Life Brochure