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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!
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:
The Sermon on the Mount:
A Cultural and Personal Revolution
Engaging in the culture as Christians involves a radical change in one’s outlook and behavior. Everything about us changes in relationship to the world. Whether it’s the world of business, government, family, education, or any area of life, there is a fundamental difference in how Jesus sees our place in it. This study will take a hike up the mountain overlooking the Sea of Galilee and spend time hearing from Jesus what His heart is regarding life in the Kingdom and life on earth.
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 current session this track is offering is::
SPICES--Adding Flavor to the Later Years of Life
As we encounter spices in the Bible, we see how they are used to enhance flavor, provide fragrance, and even create soothing balms. This study aims to open eyes and hearts to the possibilities of serving the Lord faithfully while living the full and vibrant life that God intends for his children.
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 currrent session this track is offering is:
The Apostle Paul often started a new church plant by visiting the synagogues, where he would “reason” with the more educated religious leaders. He would often “open” or “read” a portion of the Old Testament and then go about explaining the meaning, often with reference to Jesus Christ and the gospel. You could say this was his “model” of discipleship, be it only the starting point. Over the next 14 weeks, we will be looking closely at 1 & 2 Thessalonians, exploring Paul’s early letters of encouragement to spur this church along in its faith journey, but also to challenge them to spread the word of Christ with others. In these two letters, Paul reveals that the promise of Christ’s return is more than a doctrine of our faith; it is a remarkable truth that can shape how we live, how we connect, and how we view ministry.
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!
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 current session this track is offering is:
“But what if _________?”
Over the next six weeks, we will walk through the teachings of Jesus found in Matthew 5, 6, and 7. We’ll talk about what they mean, how we apply them, and the “what if... ” questions that come to our mind as we read them. For example, Matthew 5:42 tells us to give to the one who asks and not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. What if I don’t have it? What if they are using me? What if it means my family or I go without? These are some of the questions we’ll explore together.