Archive for April, 2010

Basic Discipline #5: Committed Gathering – What the Church IS…

Monday, April 26th, 2010

We look at 7 characteristics of a local assembly (church). Not just any group is a “church,” but only those that exist for the reasons that God gives, and that function in the way that God defines.

Becoming Fruitful Disciples: Eliminating Worry (Part 1)

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Luke 8:14 Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with CARES, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

We begin our look at the first type of “weed” that chokes out spiritual maturity and fruitfulness: Cares (worries). In this study, we examine four areas in which God specifically tells us not to worry.

Basic Discipline #5: Committed Gathering – What Is the Church? (What It Is NOT…)

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

As we begin our 5th Basic Discipline for Believers, Committed Gathering, we first look to define and describe what the Church is. We explain the difference between “THE” church (the universal, general, or “catholic” church) and “A” church, the local, functioning body of believers. We also take a brief look at what the local church is NOT, and what a local church IS, by definition.

Becoming Fruitful Disciples: Developing Roots

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Luke 8:13 “But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.”

Though some interpret only the fruitful to be believers in the Parable of the Seed and Sower, we believe it better understood as those that indicate life to be believers. Those of the stony ground (“who believe for awhile”) and those of the weedy ground (“who bring no fruit to maturity”) are believers that are immature and drawn away by the world’s hardships toward believers (stony) or the world’s enticements (weedy).

Today, we address the seed that lands on the stony ground, which believes for awhile (John 3:18), but in times of trouble caused by following Christ, retreat. We give several Biblical instructions to believers that help them indeed develop roots, which give needed and expected maturity and stability in one’s spiritual life.

4 Reasons for Communion (1 Cor 11:17-34)

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Communion is often just a ritual at the end of a service. It can and should be one of the most important promptings and practices of the local assembly.

Victory in Jesus: The Believer’s Reason for Confidence

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

We look at the overwhelming victory that Jesus has secured for us.

What Is Easter All About?

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

We step back and look at the big picture, asking three questions:

(1) What Happened?
(2) What Does This All Mean?
(3) What Do I Do Now?

Easter is THE most important event in all of history!

Basic Discipline #4: Generous Giving (Series Review)

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

We take a class session to summarize our latest discipleship discipline: Generous Giving.