Equipping Hour

Sundays, 9:30 a.m.

He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4:10-16 

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Our mission at Calvary is to know Christ and make him known. We do this by seeking to carefully guide each person, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to develop and reproduce a passionate, genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.

That is why we are introducing the Equipping Hour...

 

As the text above from Ephesians indicates, the role of those called to be leaders in the church is to equip the saints for the ministry they have been given! Each follower of Jesus has been given a gift to use to build up and grow the body, not only in knowledge but also in serving. We grow together in community, as a strong family—the family of God! Then, as a family, we encourage each other to be about the ministry to which God has called us!


The purpose of the Equipping Hour is to train the family in smaller settings, through the Word and relationships, equipping people to live for the Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit. In this way, we can work together to fulfill the mission of the church.


The goal and prayer are that this hour can be used to help you know what to do with what you know or have learned. You will be challenged to put what you have learned into action! You will learn how to think biblically and how to have a biblical worldview.


This hour, placed between the worship services, will allow for varied opportunities for you to be trained in areas you may never have thought of before, in intergenerational settings. It will allow you to get to know others in the family of the church who are also seeking to be equipped.


To start, four tracks will run simultaneously, along with a student ministries track. These may change if equipping in other areas is needed. The initial session will be six weeks, so that you can jump in and see which track will best equip you for your journey.


Please look at the following offerings and prayerfully consider the place God may have for you!

Track 1: Engaging the Culture

training you to live and speak God's truth

Specifically, training how to nurture and grow a biblical world view and way of thinking and then applying and speaking from that biblical worldview in the current situations that are occurring in our community and in the world.


Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times,

to know what Israel ought to do. 1 Chronicles 12:32


The session this track is currently offering is:

Engaging the Culture With Your Spiritual Gifts


Beginning November 15:

When Bad Things Happen. Period.

The Soul's Guide Through the World of Evil and Suffering


This class will explore questions regarding the existence of evil, the place of suffering in our lives, and the gospel’s message to a hurting world. Differing views from various religions and philosophies will be presented, along with the biblical perspective and how such an understanding can benefit one’s relationship with God and with others. Rather than limiting the content to an intellectual understanding of the subject, the class will explore meaningful application to our day-to-day life and our culture.


Track 2: Faithful Living

training you to run the race set before you, 

right to the finish line

God calls us to faithful living in every generation. What does it mean to live your life faithfully? How can the truth of the Bible truly shape the way I live out my faith on a day-to-day basis? How do I continue to stay in the game in every season of life? This track will be focused on equipping and training you how to live the Christian walk faithfully and obediently following Jesus in the various seasons of life as you continue to encourage and point others to him.


Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2a


The initial session will focus on:

Journeying with Jesus in Challenging Times

Are there challenges in your life right now? How can you live faithfully in the midst of those challenges? What are some practical teachings and examples from Scripture that will help you live faithfully in your day-to-day life?


Track 3: Cornerstone

training you to equip the next generation

Each generation is presented with the opportunity to make God and his truth known to the next generation. That can be challenging in this day and age, yet the truth of God gives us what we need to be able to equip and disciple the next generation. This track will be focused on equipping and training you how to make disciples in the family in an ever-changing culture.


that the next generation might know them,

the children yet unborn,

and arise and tell them to their children,

so that they should set their hope in God

and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments. Psalm 78:6-7


The initial session this track will be offering is:

A Look at the Psalms

The book of Psalms is an irreplaceable devotional guide, prayer book and hymnal for the people of God. Tim Keller says, “The book of Psalms is not just a matchless primer of teaching but a medicine chest for the heart and the best possible guide for practical living.” Martin Luther calls it “a mini Bible.” Psalms is a book that anticipates and trains us for every possible social, emotional and spiritual condition we encounter. It shows us what dangers lie ahead, what we should keep in mind, what our attitude should be, how to talk to God about it and ultimately how to seek the help we need from the Lord. Each week during our study we will be taking some time to break into small groups to apply the truth of Psalms to our everyday life. Join us as we journey through a variety of Psalms, exploring God’s practical purposes for our lives and ultimately leading us to Jesus. 


Track 4: Practical Theology

training you to apply truth to life  

How does orthodoxy (knowing the truth about God) become orthopraxy (putting the Word into practice)? Theology can seem overwhelming and yet, if we are to know Christ in a way that allows us to make him known, we must know who he is as he has revealed himself in the Bible. But knowledge is not the ultimate goal. This track will help you learn how to learn the deep truths of God and then use those truths to make a difference in the way that you live out your faith.


Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.

Do what it says. James 1:22 (NIV) 


The initial session will focus on:

The Doctrine of God (also known as theology proper)

We will discuss such things as God’s omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, and eternality, learning about who God is and what He does. Only by knowing who God is and what He does can we properly relate to Him. We will learn to think biblically about him and then look for ways to make him known from that proper relation.


Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 

Romans 11:23

Student Ministries Track

training students to read and apply the Word

This is a special equipping hour for students in 6th-12th grades. We will be digging into Scripture, developing a better understanding of biblical truth, and applying that truth to our current culture. From the fundamentals of our Christian faith to apologetics, students will be challenged to take their faith to the next level.


All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17


The initial session will focus on:

The Apostles’ Creed

This study takes students into the foundations of Christianity for a closer look at what we believe. This study uses the Apostles’ Creed to help students grow in their understanding of the Christian faith, live as disciples of Christ, and experience a profound sense of belonging within the kingdom of God.