Mid-Week Discipleship

Mid-Week Discipleship

NOTE: In the Fall of 2021, we permanently moved our Sunday Morning Sunday School classes to Wednesday night. We made this decision for many reasons, but the two primary reasons are: (1) It gives us more time to teach and (2) It provided a meaningful opportunity to reconnect with our church family in the middle of the week. We are thankful to the Lord that this has only served to intensify our discipleship efforts as a church.

MID-WEEK DISCIPLESHIP

We believe that every Christian is called and gifted to minister in some capacity (1 Cor 12).  Our Mid-Week Discipleship classes meet on Wednesday nights, from 6:00-7:15 PM, and are our attempt to equip our children, teens and adults with the theological groundingBiblical world-view, and practical skills they need to pursue God, love people, and multiply fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

CHILDREN — 3 1/2 yrs through 5th Grade:
Our two Mid-Week Discipleship classes, for 3 1/2 yrs-1st graders and 2nd-5th graders, will be continuing in their study of the Bible using the Answers Bible Curriculum. Our children will pick up where they left off last year, studying the life and teachings of Christ.

The Answers in Genesis (AIG) curriculum seeks to provide our children with a comprehensive view of the Bible while emphasizing that our children need to know they can trust the Word of God. By mixing in apologetics, AIG focuses on instilling an appreciation for the authority and trustworthiness of Scripture.

In addition to learning the Bible, we will be focusing on helping our children memorize various Bible verses.

If you’d like to learn more about the curriculum, go here: https://answersingenesis.org/sunday-school.

JR & SR HIGH:
This fall I will continue leading our teens through the Gospel of John. I am really excited to continue to walk with the students through this book. John presents a unique portrait of Jesus and his ministry, and we will be attempting to plumb the depths of this Gospel in order to let it reveal who Jesus is and respond to him with our whole lives. Yet we will not only be attempting to unpack the glorious picture of Jesus Christ found in the Gospel, we will also be seeking to help the students grow in their ability to independently study and apply God’s Word to their lives. From those who are just beginning, to those who are much more advanced, I’m praying this study will meet them where they are and take them to the next level.

Students will be assigned a section to read and study each week before class. Points toward a reward will be given to those who complete their homework.

Please join me in praying that God will use this study to deepen our student’s understanding and appreciation for Jesus Christ, and to help them learn how to study God’s Word more effectively.

–Pastor Ryan

ADULTS

This next year we are going to pressing into one of the most misunderstood, overlooked, and actively avoided callings of our discipleship to Jesus Christ— personal evangelism. Please do not stop reading here!

Why? Why do we all seem to struggle with evangelism? Well, I recently asked someone in our church that very question, and this was their honest reply:

  • I don’t feel like I am a very good example as a Christian. When I look at myself, I see all my flaws and honestly wonder why anyone would want to listen to me.
  • I don’t want to come across as a pushy religious person.
  • I often assume most of the people around me are Christians because of the way they live.
  • I don’t feel educated enough to present the gospel in a clear, compelling way, nor do I feel like I can address many of the basic questions unbelievers have about Christianity.
  • I’ve been taught the Holy Spirit will give you the words when it time to share… but I never seem to have the words when the time comes.
Notice their answer was not, “I don’t really care what happens to unbelievers” or “well that’s your job pastor.” No. They know that evangelism is part of everyday Christianity. They feel guilty when they think about it. But they just cannot seem to find a way to move forward.

Well, what if I told you that the way forward is not that complicated; and that it can be very organic, respectful, and relational? Even more, what if told you that this way is not about always having all the right answers or mastering a specific presentation —as good, helpful, and necessary as presentations are— but consistently exposing our friends or coworkers to the active power of God in his Word?

The way forward I am talking about is a simple, straight-forward method called One-to-One Bible Reading, by David Helm. In fact, the thing I love about One-to One Bible Reading is that it helps us overcome many of the roadblocks listed above. It’s relational not pushy. It promotes authenticity, in that it provides a context to be honest both about personal sin in light of the gospel and one’s continual need to grow in their faith. And most of all, it constantly presses the readers into the two-fold question: “Who is this Jesus Christ? And how should I respond to him?”

But here is the key, we are not just going to spend our time discussing this method and its theoretical application. We will be actively honing our skills together in class so that we can become increasingly proficient in their practical implementation so that, by God’s grace, we will actually use them for God’s glory in One-to-One relationships.

For your ever-increasing joy in Jesus Christ,
Pastor Mark