1 Timothy 4:7b-8
““...discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things,
since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” ”
What are DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING CLASSES?
Every Christian is called to be a disciple of Jesus. The word disciple means to be a learner or a student, and it conveys the idea of following and imitating a master, in our context, the Lord Himself.
Discipleship Training at Foothill Christian Fellowship is a series of classes aimed at building up the church so that we can effectively know and follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
We provide a variety of classes that fall into three separate tracks…
1. Bible Survey — this track aims at getting us more grounded and established in Scripture.
2. History & Theology — this track strengthens our grasp and command of sound Bible doctrine. In addition, we will get an introduction to the history of God’s work in and through the Church.
3. Christian Discipleship — is a broad track that seeks to instruct us in the fundamental disciplines of the Christian life, as well as train us in the more practical aspects of following Christ.
WHEN are DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING CLASSES?
All classes meet every Sunday from 9:00-10:00am.
We will be having new classes every 13 weeks. Our spring classes run March 17th through June 9th.
1. FEAR OF MAN/KNOWING GOD’S WILL Location: Room 5
The Fear of Man class (7 weeks) will explore what the fear of man looks like in our lives and in our culture, how we have lost the focus of fearing God and loving others, and how we can begin to reestablish the fear of God in our lives and regain a right perspective about ourselves and others. We will identify what biblical repentance in this area looks like and will see explicitly that overcoming the fear of others is not something we can accomplish on our own.
In the Knowing God’s Will class (6 weeks) our goal will be to look at what the Bible says about decision-making. Out in the wider Christian world, there are some really unbiblical ideas about how God guides our decisions. And yet the Bible gives us some amazing truth about how God does guide us. Our hope is that this class will provide some practical, biblical help.
2. BIBLICAL MANHOOD & WOMANHOOD Location: Room 2
Our culture is very confused about what it means to be a man and woman. God is not baffled! It is He who has made us and not we ourselves (Ps. 100:3). We will rely upon the sufficiency of His Word to draw our conclusions on the issue of gender and gender roles. We will look at prescriptive passages (those passages that prescribe particular roles, tasks, and stewardship for men and women) as well as descriptive passages (those which describe, depict, and portray men and women and how God created us, but may not contain a command to obey or prohibition to follow). We will use wisdom in figuring out how we can best live out our roles as man and woman in light of the patterns and principles that we see. The truths we will discuss are relevant in every stage of life.
3. OLD TESTAMENT OVERVIEW, PART I Location: Room 8
The Bible is one book, divided into two testaments, one older and the other newer. Our duty as God’s people is to understand the whole counsel of God. In order to grasp all He has said we must seek to know the Old Testament as well as the New. In this class we will gain invaluable insight into Person and purposes of God. The Old Testament provides a rich context for all that is revealed in the New Testament, and your understanding of God and His work of redemption through Christ will grow exponentially since many of the references and allusions made in the New Testament cannot be fully understood apart from the Old. The Bible, in its entirety, is a book about Jesus Christ who came to fulfill the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms (Luke 24:44). One of the goals of this course is to help us see how the whole Bible hangs together as a single narrative. From Genesis to Malachi—join us!
4. SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II Location: Main Building
This is the second half of the Systematic Theology course we began in winter. This course presents a biblical understanding of God, man, sin, church, end times, etc. The objective of studying theology is to come to know God better, to understand His purposes and plans, as well as to understand ourselves more fully and how we might please Him. Studying truth about God will fuel worship. The Bible teaches us doctrine and it is our joy to study it. If you missed Part One of this class, you might consider waiting and taking the class in the order it was designed. We will repeat Systematic Theology in the future.