Summer is officially over–well…the break not the heat!! With school starting to get back in full swing and most summer breaks coming to an end all adult Wednesday night classes will begin on August 17th. Below is a description of each class that will be offered this semester.
Christians are God’s adopted kids. And God’s adopted kids are to be about their Father’s business: glorifying God by being transformed by the gospel and making disciples who make disciples.
For many of us, if we have any church background at all, we were trained to attend activities, not equipped with the Word to apply the gospel to the heart in biblical community in order to build reproducible disciples. As a result, we struggle to read our own hearts, let alone the secular culture around us. It does not have to be this way. God’s Word can go forth from us with God’s power. In fact, it must!
You are already a disciple of someone or something and you are already making disciples of someone or something. Come learn how to be an effective disciple of Jesus who invites people into the incomparable joy of following Jesus. Reserve you spot now here!
DiscipleMakers 1 & 2
The introductory year of DiscipleMakers explores the bedrock of the Christian life. Participants should expect to spend roughly 2 hours per week in preparation for group discussions. The cost for DiscipleMakers 1 is $40 and the cost for Disciple-Makers 2 is $40.
DM1: DiscipleMarkers 1 (Fall 2016)
Major questions to be addressed: What is the gospel? What are the core beliefs Christians build life around? How is what we know to affect how we live?
|What is the Gospel? -Greg Gilbert||Gospel|
|“Centrality of the Gospel” -Tim Keller||Gospel|
|Gospel-Centered Church -Tim Chester and Steve Timmis||Church|
|Christian Beliefs -Wayne Grudem||Systematic|
|“What We Believe” -COM Leadership’s Statement of Faith||Systematic|
|One to One Bible Reading -David Helm||Discipling|
DM2: DiscipleMakers 2 (Spring 2017)
Major questions to be addressed: What is our identity as saved people? How do we experience real change? What does Jesus ask of us? Me, a disciple-maker?!
|Who Am I? -Jerry Bridges||Identity|
|You Can Change -Tim Chester||Sanctification|
|Follow Me -David Platt||Discipling|
|“Means of Grace: Bible, Prayer, Community” -Porterbrook||Sanctification|
Disciple-Makers 3 & 4
The advanced year of DiscipleMakers provides additional equipping in evangelism and discipleship. Building on knowledge from DM1 and DM2, participants should expect to spend roughly 3-5 hours per week in preparation for group discussions and activities. Substantial theological reading combined with writing and application exercises serve as tools to increase love for God and love for people. The cost for Disciple-Makers 3 is $40 and the cost for Disciple-Makers 4 is $40.
DM3: DiscipleMakers 3 (Fall 2016)
Major questions to be addressed: What is true joy and how do we pursue it? Are God’s commands and our happiness at odds? What are the major cultural objections against Christianity and how do we lovingly address them?
|Taking God at His Word, Kevin DeYoung||Theology|
|Instruments in Redeemer’s Hands, Paul David Tripp||Discipling|
Read 1 short book* from the list each semester & write a 500-word reflection paper:
|Sexual Detox, Tim Challies|
|Smooth Stones, Joe Coffey|
|Just Do Something, Kevin DeYoung|
|The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, Mark Dever|
|Humility, CJ Mahaney|
|Church Membership, Jonathan Leeman|
|Crazy Busy, Kevin DeYoung|
|Resolving Everyday Conflict, Ken Sande|
|Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart, JD Greear|
|True Beauty, Mahaney and Whitacre|
|What’s the Difference, John Piper|
|The Dangerous Duty of Delight, John Piper|
|Christ in the Chaos, Kimm Crandall|
|Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, JI Packer|
|Is God Anti-Gay?, Sam Allberry|
|What is a Healthy Church? Mark Dever|
How well do you know God’s love for you? Have you experienced the Redeemer’s love today, this week, this summer? Has the person, the words, the works of Jesus Christ recently moved you to prayer, to worship, to ‘risky behavior’ in His Name?
If you’re anything like me, questions like this are unpleasant. My tendency is to become a little defensive wrestling through its implications. After all, I’m saved by grace and I don’t need to prove myself to anyone, especially not God. Right?
But what if…God expresses His love for us in ways that threaten our status quo? And what if our perceived threat could be transformed into delight of a Savior who loves us enough to challenge our way of thinking, of living, of loving one another? What if our perspective shifted…from seeing God as a threat to our hope of comfort, our plans for success, our sense of security, to actually being our hope, our treasure, our security?
That’s what regroup is. It’s culture shift for church. It exposes our tendency to create a religion of comfort, and challenges us to find delight in God when life grows uneasy, unpleasant and unpredictable. Why?
- Because we all suffer from a sort of worship deficiency whereby we erect ourselves at the center of the universe and become, in effect, glory thieves, striving to take something that’s not ours to take.
- Because we mute the brilliance of God’s love for mankind into something that’s socially acceptable from 11 to 12 on a Sunday morning.
- Because we’ve become far more engaged in our own kingdom building than in God’s.
Please consider joining us on Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30pm in the West wing. We’ll use the following 9 weeks to study the book Exodus while using the book ‘Redemption’ as a study guide. The class will be two-part in nature, with the first 30 minutes devoted to reviewing the material as a group and the last hour reserved for personal application on a gender basis. There is a minor fee ~$12 for the book.
Financial Peace University
Do you spend your money the way you want to, or the way you’re forced to? Does your check register reveal that you serve God with your resources? Are you handling His gifts well? Financial Peace University is a 9-week video course (plus one-week intro) by Dave Ramsey addresses these topics, and teaches skills to help you be a better manager of what God gives you. This class will meet in the East wing of the auditorium starting August 17th.