Essentials for a New Disciple This is an important study for any new disciple or someone seeking understanding about the essentials of things like God is, and what it means to believe and walk with Him.
Walking with God The opening pages of the Bible shows us that Adam walked with God. Our destiny is to do the same. Jesus died and rose again to restore mankind to a relationship with God. Christianity and eternal life is more than just obeying religious rules in order to get into heaven when you die. Jesus said “eternal life” is knowing Him (John 17:1-3). Christianity is about relationship with God in which we walk with Him. The study “Walking With God” will take us through various aspects of God’s design for our walk with Him. As we walk with God, His ways become our ways which leads to experiencing more of the fullness of His life.
Maturing in God There is a creation design for growth and maturity. Children can grow physically but not mature which can be the cause of many problems. The same can be true for Christians and churches. The writer to Hebrews admonishes the church for their immaturity and challenges them to “press on to maturity” (Hebrews 5:12-6:1). As Christians “abide in Christ” the Father and Spirit work in them to bring about maturity so they can “bear more fruit” and bring glory to God (John 15:1-8). In the study “Maturing in God” we will look at various aspects of How God works to mature us both individually and corporately
Foundations of Healthy Church Life As you study God’s Word, you will find that it refocuses your view of God, of yourself, and of others. In fact, it will begin to shape your entire life. Like a master road map it will begin directing the steps you take. It will begin changing the attitudes of your heart, the words of your mouth, and the priorities that govern your life. This study begins with the essentials of faith personally and onto our life among the people of God, the church.
Walking With God on Mission God has always been a divine family, Father, Son, and Spirit. He created mankind in His “image” and “likeness” then gave them the creation mandate to “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…subdue…and rule over it” (Gen 1:26-28). The mandate can be summed us as God’s family walking together with Him and each other in pursuit of His mission. The Bible begins with His family walking together on His mission and ends with His family, the church at the culmination of that mission the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:7-9). In the study “With God on Mission” you will be equipped to work more effectively with God as we pursue His mission on the earth.
Connecting with and releasing God’s supernatural power God’s people are called to walk on mission with Him everyday, everywhere, all the time. Missions isn’t just for a few special people with special callings to unique places. Missionis all of us in our everyday life. Missions is in our neighborhood, workplace, and marketplace. We are to demonstrate and proclaim the good news of God’s Kingdom and reconciliation through Jesus. It is important to remember that God’s Kingdom isn’t just a message. There is a power of the Kingdom of God that is to be demonstrated as well. 1 Corinthians 4:20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in words only, but in power. This study will help equip you to be more open to, and move in God’s supernatural power on mission.
Theology of Apostolic Prayer 1 Prayer is as essential to the Christian life as breath is to our physical life. Many of God’s people are sometimes at a loss about how to pray. When it comes to the part of prayer in which we ask God for things we approach it like it is a shopping list for our own personal interest. If a visitor from another planet came to check out what serving God is all about by secretly observing the prayer life of Christians (prayer is our communication with God) he would probably conclude that God’s sole purpose of existence is to stand ready to grant any personal wish that His people have. God’s design for prayer is much bigger than that. “Theology of Apostolic Prayer” will help us explore what God’s intention is for prayer connected to His purpose revealed in the Bible and the apostolic writings. It also contains a lists of all the prayers prayed by the apostles to give us a guide for things God’s wants us to seek Him about prayer.
Handling Sensitive Conversations Jesus said the most important issues upon which everything rest is “Loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength” and “loving your neighbor (those close to you) as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31, Matthew 22:37, Luke 10:27). Most of the problems in local church life are not theological as much as they are relational. Usually they entail some form of failure in handling sensitive relational interactions. This is why approximately 44% of the instruction in the Epistles are about how we relate together with fellow believers. God’s people need to have His presence and wisdom in handling sensitive interactions. In the study “Handling Sensitive Conversations” we will examine God’s wisdom in handling challenging relational interaction.
Leadership in the House of God Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “I will build My church,” and for over 2000 years He has doing it faithfully. As His people have worked together with Him in the process there has been ups and downs along with good and bad examples in building. In the areas of local church leadership we have seen many different models handed down to us over the centuries. Some have been very Biblical while others drifted away from Biblical design. In this study “Leadership in the House of God” we will attempt to look as closely as we can at the Biblical design for leadership in the local church. We will cover the important issues of elders, deacons, as well as the Ephesians 4:11 (five-fold) ministries and how they relate in local church leadership.
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