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.

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)
(Begins WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 at 6:00PM in Room 2209. Facilitated by David Countryman)

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

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Christ-Centered Parenting: Gospel Conversations on Complex Cultural Issues
(Begins SUNDAY, Feb. 10 at 5:00PM in Room 2207. Facilitated by Pam Morton)

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. (AWANA available for children ages 3 through 5th grade. Preschool care available.)

Biblical Parenting in an NON-Biblical World
(Begins SUNDAY, Feb. 17, at 5:00PM in Room 2209. Taught by 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 3 through 5th grade. Preschool care available.)

First Steps: New Believers' Training
(Begins SUNDAY, Jan. 6 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 and you begin to grow in your faith as a believer in Jesus. (AWANA available for children ages 3 through 5th grade. Preschool care available.)

Foundations: Eleven Core Truths to Build Your Life On
(Begins SUNDAY, Jan. 6 at 5:00PM in Room 2204. 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 a fresh, innovative curriculum 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 3 through 5th grade. Preschool care 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)

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The Measure of A Man: Twenty Attributes of a Godly Man
(Begins SUNDAY, Feb. 10, at 5:00PM in Room 2208. 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 3 through 5th grade. Preschool care available.)