Discipleship Training: Learning to Follow Jesus

Discipleship Training: Learning to Follow Jesus

Jan. 06, 2019

What is a disciple?

In Jesus' day, a disciple was someone who wanted to BE what their rabbi IS. As Christians, our "rabbi" is Jesus. To be a disciple is to learn to follow Jesus more closely; to be more like Jesus every day.

Discipleship Training at The Village is designed to help you be like Jesus in your home, at work, in our church, and in the world.

One of our desires for our church is that each individual would have a ministry INSIDE the church and a mission OUTSIDE of the church. Our courses are designed to equip you; train you; to accomplish both.

4 Studies Available

GriefShare: Grief Recovery Support Group
(Begins TUESDAY, Feb. 5 at 6:00PM in the Connection Cafe. Facilitated by Nancy Paul)

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before.

GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has three distinct elements consisting of a video seminar with experts, support group discussion with focus, and personal study with reflection.

(No childcare available)

Financial Peace University (FPU)
A:
(Begins WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 at 6:00PM in Room 1108. Facilitated by David Countryman)
B:
(Begins SUNDAY, Feb. 10 at 9:00AM in Room 1108. Facilitated by David Countryman)
C:
(Begins SUNDAY EVE., Feb. 10 at 5:00PM in Room 1108. Facilitated by Dr. Lee & Doug Hodges)

FREE PREVIEW JANUARY 27TH
5:00-7:00PM - ROOM 1101

Millions of people have gone through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU). They've worked a plan, rewritten their stories, and changed their futures. This class meets for nine weeks, one night a week. It incorporates small-group discussions that help encourage accountability and discipleship. FPU teaches members how to handle money GOD’S WAYS, and His ways work!

Order your FPU Kit HERE

A: (Village Student Ministry available for 6th-12th grade students. No other childcare available)
B:
(Village Kids, Preschool, Nursery, and Village Student Ministries all available on Sunday morning for parents with kids of any age.)
C:
(AWANA available for children ages 2 through 5th grade. Preschool Care available for children under 2. Register your children HERE)

Christ-Centered Parenting: Gospel Conversations on Complex Cultural Issues
(Begins SUNDAY, Feb. 10 at 5:00PM in Room 2204. Facilitated by Pam Morton. - Book $15)

Are you equipped to talk to your kids about today’s cultural issues? Designed to help you lead your children and teens in a confident and responsible way, this study will equip you to address topics children of all ages face, including:

  • Gender issues
  • Suicide, depression, and anxiety
  • Pornography
  • Addiction and coping mechanisms
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Singleness, dating, marriage, and divorce

Give your kids a biblical worldview that will produce the next generation of culture "shapers" – not simply the next generation shaped by their culture.

View the trailer for "Christ-Centered Parenting" HERE

(AWANA available for children ages 2 through 5th grade. Preschool Care available for children under 2. Register your children HERE)

Biblical Parenting in a NON-Biblical World
(Begins SUNDAY, Feb. 24, at 5:00PM in The Fellowship Hall. Taught by VCA Superintendent Tom Rider)

What is a "Worldview"?

“Worldview” is simply the lens through which one views the world. It is a set of answers to fundamental questions by which we make decisions; judging what is right and what is wrong. In order to live the Christian life effectively; in order to reach a lost world; Believers must have a worldview that corresponds to reality. In other words our worldview must hold to what is TRUE; a Biblical Worldview.

How do we raise children to have such a view when we live in an increasingly NON-Biblical world? Tom Rider will spend five, one-hour sessions, teaching you how to train your kids to have a Biblical Worldview and live it out.

(AWANA available for children ages 2 through 5th grade. Preschool Care available for children under 2. Register your children HERE)

7 Studies Available

Foundations: Eleven Core Truths to Build Your Life On

(Begins SUNDAY, Jan. 6 at 5:00PM in Middle School Room 106. Taught by Gary Wieland)

Many Christians today live their lives, plan their schedules, and use their resources completely disconnected from what they say they believe. This spiritual disconnect is the cause of so much of the stress and problems in our lives. Foundations is an innovative study about the essential truths of the Christian faith and how these truths are to be lived out – in your relationships, your character, and your work. Rather than just teaching doctrinal knowledge, this course will show you how to apply biblical truths and implement them in your everyday life.

(AWANA available for children ages 2 through 5th grade. Preschool Care available for children under 2. Register your children HERE)

Nehemiah: Leadership Lessons from a Great Leader
(Begins WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9 at 6:30PM in the Fellowship Hall. Taught by Dr. Bill Korver & Vickie Burge)

Join Vickie Burge and Dr. Bill Korver as they lead you through a study of the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah is a history of renewal, prayer, and opposition as the Jews return from exile in Babylon. See how God continued in His faithfulness to His people and learn to apply it today.

(Village Student Ministry available for 6th-12th grade students. No other childcare available)

Faith Under Fire
(Begins TUESDAY, Feb. 5 at 6:00PM in The Conference Room. Taught by Pastor Kevin)

Does the Christian faith stand up to scrutiny - tough scrutiny? In this study, we will listen to some of the toughest skeptics of the Christian faith discussing the following topics among others:

  • Is the Supernatural Real? (Objections from an Atheist)
  • Is Jesus a Prophet or the Son of God? (Objections from a Muslim)
  • Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? (Objections from a Philosopher)
  • Do All Roads Lead to God? (Objects from the Baha’i Faith)
  • ...and more!

Our objective is to train you to deal with these objections and help people see what is really true.

(No childcare available)

Contradict: All Roads Do Not Lead to the Truth
(Begins WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 at 6:00PM in The Conference Room. Taught by Pastor Kevin)

"May we speak to you? You have heard of God the Father but have you heard of God the Mother?"

If you have a college student, they may have already been approached with this question or others from other faiths that claim to be Christian but are far from it. As ambassadors of the Truth Himself; Jesus Christ; we need to be able to connect with those who have an incorrect worldview so we can lead them to the truth.

In this course we will look at three prevalent cults (Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, World Mission Society Church of God) and we will look at three major world religions (Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism). We will compare them to Christianity with the hope to better equip you to engage them when they come to you or your college student – or when you go to them!

(Village Student Ministry available for 6th-12th grade students. No other childcare available)

Disciple Maker: Training Teachers to Disciple the Church
(Begins SUNDAY, Feb. 10 @ 5:00PM in Room 2203. Taught by Dr. Bill Boyd of CCBS)

The Village is starting formal teacher training in 2019! Dr. Bill Boyd of Carolina College of Biblical Studies has graciously offered to do for us what he has done professionally for years; TRAIN teachers to teach the Word of God.

The course is a year long commitment. The course will be taught in three sections.

  1. How to Study the Bible (February - April)
  2. Principles of Teaching (May-July)
  3. Principles of Teaching LAB (September-December)

The course is open to anyone with a desire to effectively and properly teach the Bible. Whether you are a Life Group Leader, a mentee of a Life Group Leader, a Discipleship / Small Group facilitator, or if you'd like to be any of the latter, this is for you!

(AWANA available for children ages 2 through 5th grade. Preschool Care available for children under 2. Register your children HERE)

GODTalks: Truths Worth Spreading
(Begins SUNDAY, Feb. 10 at 5:00PM in The Conference Room. Taught by Pastor Kevin)

I have spent over 10 years training and mentoring the Next Generation; currently GEN Z. In our classes and on the street engaging the culture I have been hit with some interesting challenges and questions regarding our faith. Some of those questions led to powerful truths about who God is, who we are, and what we are to do. The answers were mind-blowing and to many students, life-altering.

In this course, I have selected those answers that were so powerful that they became classes in and of themselves.

A few of those are

  • The Timelessness of God
  • The Case of Rahab
  • The Trinity: Our Source of Ethics
  • Eternal Security
  • ...and more!

Come and learn what the Next Generation is asking; and learn what the amazing answers are in GODTalks; Truths Worth Spreading.

(AWANA available for children ages 2 through 5th grade. Preschool Care available for children under 2. Register your children HERE)

First Steps: New Believers' Training
(Begins SUNDAY, Apr. 7 at 5:00PM in The Conference Room. Taught by Pastor Kevin)

You just became a Christian ... now what?! What is baptism and communion? How do I study the Bible? How do I pray? What is a disciple anyway? Pastor Kevin will spend four sessions training you to live your new faith effectively. You will cover the latter questions and more as you begin to grow in your faith as a believer in Jesus.

(AWANA available for children ages 2 through 5th grade. Preschool Care available for children under 2. Register your children HERE)

3 Studies Available

Why Do You Believe That? A Faith Conversation
(Begins THURSDAY, Jan. 17 @ 9:30AM in Room 252. Facilitated by Heather Avery. Book - $13)

How confident do you feel in talking about matters of faith? Do you wish you could express your beliefs with more effectiveness? Join us in a practical seven-session study. Gain understanding and skill to share Jesus effectively with others. You’ll better understand your own faith. Answer your doubts, build your confidence, and start changing lives.

Participants who take this Bible Study will:

  • Become equipped to share their faith and defend their faith conversationally with friends and neighbors
  • Feel more confident in their faith and knowing what they believe
  • Feel comfortable representing Christ to someone who doesn’t believe
  • Take the mystery and fear out of sharing their faith
  • Gain education, build a firm foundation, and be practically equipped

View the trailer for "Why Do You Believe That?" HERE

(Preschool Care available. Register your children HERE)

The Quest: An Excursion Toward Intimacy with God
(Begins SUNDAY, Feb. 10, at 5:00PM in The Fireside Room. Facilitated by Lisa Johnson & Charlean Cox. - Journal $15)

Curiosity is hardwired in humanity. We have this innate need to question and seek after what we don’t know or understand. In this 6-session Bible study, delve into Scripture to explore how God created us to seek after Him—a God who desires to be found and known. In this lifelong quest of faith, learn to develop your intimacy with Him and embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.

  • Deepen your intimacy with God as you ask, discuss, and ponder questions of faith.
  • Take comfort in remembering this world is only a temporary stay until we reach our heavenly home.
  • Understand that questions are inherent and essential to growth.
  • Embrace the adventure that comes with living a life for God.

View the trailer for "The Quest" HERE

(AWANA available for children ages 2 through 5th grade. Preschool Care available for children under 2. Register your children HERE)

Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God
(Begins SUNDAY, Feb. 10 @ 5:00PM in Room 2201. Facilitated by Paige Robinson)

Sooner or later, every mother will stop and ask herself, Is this all I am? God has instilled motherhood with meaning and purpose as part of His greater plan for humanity. Whether or not a woman has been called to traditional motherhood, she demonstrates her nurturing gifts daily through care-giving, hospitality, discipleship, teaching, raising children, and serving others. Join us in this 6-session Bible study as we look to Scripture for evidence of God’s mission for motherhood and His greater purpose for each and every woman.

  • Expand your understanding of motherhood based on Scripture and God’s plan
  • Recognize that you are not just a mom and that motherhood is meaningful because of who God is
  • Live in God’s purpose for your life
  • Dig deeper into Scripture with a group or independently
  • Allow God to renew your mind about Him, His mission, the gospel, and motherhood

View the trailer for "Missional Motherhood" HERE

(AWANA available for children ages 2 through 5th grade. Preschool Care available for children under 2. Register your children HERE)

The Measure of A Man: Twenty Attributes of a Godly Man
(Begins SUNDAY, Feb. 10, at 5:00PM in Room 2205. Facilitated by George Morton)

True masculinity is not measured by the strength of a man, but by these twenty biblical guidelines drawn from the Apostle Paul's letters to his young protégés Timothy and Titus. Inspiring, encouraging, and practical, this book shows men how they can reach God's standards as fathers, husbands, and mentors to other men.

(AWANA available for children ages 2 through 5th grade. Preschool Care available for children under 2. Register your children HERE