The Essentials class is 43 talks for those new to Christianity, prospective members, and those who wish to learn more about CPC.


Essentials is a regular Sunday school class serving those new to CPC and/or those new to Protestant and Reformed doctrine. Lessons rotate annually from four core categories: Christian doctrine, Bible knowledge, Church History, and life at CPC. Some people will attend to prepare for membership, though the class is not a prerequisite to membership. Some people will attend to learn essentials about Reformed Christianity. The class is structured so that it is easy to drop in on topics of particular interest. Topics are posted on the church calendar.

Essentials is a point-of-entry for the Sunday school ministry of CPC. Ultimately, one of the other Sunday school classes will be a better place for long-term care and community.

Each class opens with a guest speaker: an elder, deacon, member of the Pastoral Staff, adult Sunday school leader, Ministry Team chair, or member of the Support Staff. Each guest will take 5-10 minutes to ...

  • Introduce themselves, their family, and a little personal background
  • Explain how they first came to CPC
  • Describe specific ways CPC has been special to their family
  • Describe how they serve CPC
  • Describe ways you can serve in their area of ministry


Talks on the Bible (13)

Old Testament

Navigating the Old Testament

Old Testament History

How to read the First Five Books

How to read the Historical Books

How to read the Prophetic Books

How to read Hebrew Poetry

New Testament

Navigating the New Testament

New Testament History

How to read the Four Gospels

How to read the Epistles

How to read Revelation


Talks on Christian Doctrine (25)

The Bible - January 26, 2020

One Story - February 2, 2020

The Mission and Vision of CPC - February 16, 2020

Ministry Structure at CPC- February 23, 2020

How to become a member - March 1, 2020

Shepherding at CPC - March 8, 2020

The Trinity and the Covenant of Redemption - March 15, 2020

The Work of the Holy Spirit - March 22, 2020

What is a Person? - March 29, 2020

Two Covenants - April 19, 2020

Original Sin - April 26, 2020

What is the Gospel? - May 3, 2020

The Order of Salvation

Free Will and Election

Ordinary Means of Grace 

Three Uses of the Law

Who is Jesus?

The Cross

The Church

The Lord’s Supper


Infant Baptism

Membership and Vows

Last Things

Heaven and Hell


Talks on Church History (9)

The Apostolic Church (Acts)

The Early Church (65-313)

The Christian Empire (313-500)

The Medieval Church (500-1309)

Renaissance and Reformation

Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century

The Church in America 1

The Church in America 2 - January 5, 2020

Presbyterianism - January 12, 2020

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