Six 8-week Courses during July-August
Sundays @ 5:30pm
Each summer the community of believers at Old Fort Baptist Church gather for discipleship courses lasting eight weeks during the months of July and August. Last year, each course focused on helping to understand the Gospel and how to speak Gospel truth. In 2014, OFBC learned about discipleship and that being a Christian means a continual commitment to pursuing a relationship with Christ and we strive to be more like him.
This year, the EQUiP focus will be on living life together in Gospel community. In addition to the eight weeks of Sunday night classes, Old Fort will be incorporating potluck dinners in the Ministry Center on Wednesday nights throughout July and August. These potluck dinners will provide opportunity to live out what is being learned on Sunday nights.
Join us Sunday nights at 5:30pm in July and August to learn how to live life together for His glory.
Course descriptions provided below.
Taught By: Mason Van Tassel & Jim Roberts
The Life: Living the Spiritual Disciplines, from DisciplesPath, is an introductory course.
A disciple's life is predicated on and rooted in the spiritual disciplines. But today's world with its many distractions and trivial pursuits, encourages anything but discipline. How are we to cut through all this noise? A true disciple of Jesus responds with the disciplines found in Scripture.
The Life answers the question "What does a disciple do in relationship with God?" Through this vital disciple-making experience, each group member discusses and practices some of the following disciplines: reading the Bible, prayer, community, serving, and evangelism. This study uses teaching, questions, conversation, exercises, and individual study to facilitate transformational discipleship.
LIFE ON MISSION
Taught By: Mike Metz & Carl Casterlin
Life on Mission: Joining the Everday Mission of God, written by Dustin Willis and Aaron Coe, is an intermediate course.
Life on Mission is a rich but simple guide that will help everyday missionaries (electricians, lawyers, church planters, students, moms, etc.) in the areas of gospel and mission, which will lead to an effective ministry within one's own community.
Life on Mission not only delivers a robust gospel base with daily mission practices, but is threaded with engaging stories and powerful questions that help individuals to take their next steps to living life on mission.
LIFE IN COMMUNITY
Taught By:Mike Black & Dan Johnson
Life in Community: Joining Together to Display the Gospel, written by Dustin Willis, is an intermediate course.
When people live in community moved by the gospel and marked by the Spirit, great things happen. They commit to one another. They grieve together, sing together, eat, pray, and play together. They love, serve, honor, encourage, and provide for each other gladly. And they live on mission together.
Hearts are healed, walls come down, and outsiders come in. No competition. No pretense. No vain conceit. Just full hearts breaking bread and giving freely. It is nothing short of amazing. Most of us live in a shadow of what God intended for us. Life in Community callsd us into the light. Reclaiming Scripture's stunning vision of gospel-centered community, it inspires us to live in love unbounded. Read it, live it, and join the movement. Help unleash the power of extraordinary community.
Taught By: David McAlhaney & Matt Meadows
Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community, written by Dietrich Bonhoffer, is an in-depth book study course.
Martyred by the Gestapo near the end of World War II for plotting to assassinate Hitler, Dietrich Bonhoeffer left a legacy of writings that has become a prized testimony of faith and courage for Christians around the world. Life Together is Bonhoeffer's inspiring account of a unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany. It reads like one of Paul's letters, giving practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.
Taught By: Guy LaCoss & Todd Miles
Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community, written by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, is an in-depth book study course.
"Church is not a meeting you attend or a place you enter," writes pastors Time Chester and Steve Timmis. "It's an identity that is ours in Christ. An identity that shapes the whole of life so that life and mission become 'total church.'" With that as their premise, they emphasize two overarching principles that govern the practice of church and mission: being gospel-centered and being community-centered. When these principles take precedence, says the authors, the truth of the Word is upheld, the mission of the gospel is carried out, and the priority of relationships is practiced in radical ways. The church becomes not just another commitment to juggle but a 24/7 lifestyle where programs, big events, and teaching from one person take a backseat to sharing lives, reaching out, and learning about God together.