Equipping Class Archives

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May God give us wisdom and understanding as we seek to increase in knowledge.

  • 1 john

    "So That You May Know"

    Assurance of Salvation in the First Epistle of John

    Is it possible to know for sure that you are saved? The Apostle John believed that is was, and he wrote his first epistle "so that you may know that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:13). John wrote his first letter to a group of churches that were unsettled by the influence of false teachers who denied the humanity of Jesus and the need for righteous living. These false teachers were upsetting believers and leading them astray. In response, John taught his readers that true knowledge of God must lead to righteous living. In fact, keeping God's commands is one way that we can know that we are true believers.

  • Acts

    The Spirit moved in dramatic ways in the early church. The gospel was preached, thousands were added to their number, many were healed, and the good news about Jesus was spread across continents. Covering the exciting action of the Spirit in the years just following Jesus' life on earth, this study will open your eyes to the Spirit's power in the past and present and help you apply the riches of Scripture to your own life.

    Here are the notes from our Acts study using John Stott's book, Acts: Seeing the Spirit at Work.

  • christology

    Christology: The Person and Work of Christ

    No doctrine is more important than Christology. Jesus Christ is at the center of everything we believe. In fact, all other doctrines are meaningless if we believe error about Jesus. In this study we examine the person and work of Jesus Christ, learning about who he is and what he has done. The goal is not simply to learn more facts about Jesus, though that is a worthy goal, but rather to have our minds and our hearts stirred to worship and love Jesus more.

  • James

    What is genuine biblical faith? How do followers of Jesus demonstrate that faith through their words and actions? James, the half-brother of Jesus, penned his letter to a group of people who claimed to be followers of Jesus but were living as if they were non-believers. Their words and actions did not match the faith they claimed to possess.

    Many Christians today experience the same struggle. We know Jesus and we do our best to follow Him in obedience. However, sometimes we find ourselves living as if we have two minds: one spiritual and one unspiritual. Studying the book of James verse-by-verse will help us understand why single-minded devotion to Christ is so important.

  • Psalms

    The Psalms are a unique collection of prayers/songs from ancient Israel's worship. They reveal to us the complexity of life and the breadth of emotions through which every worshiper of God travels. Though written thousands of years ago, the Psalms have been preserved in God's Word for all believers. Even today, we can still find meaning, encouragement, and a voice in the Psalms.

    Here are the notes from our Psalms study using Claus Westermann's book, The Psalms: Structure, Content & Message.

  • the pursuit of god

    Whether you are thirsting for more of God or do not yet know of the "mighty longing after God" that so consumed A.W. Tozer's life and ministry, The Pursuit of God will draw you into a deep, abiding relationship with the One who "nourishes the soul." This spiritual masterpiece exposes the roadblocks that keep us from fully knowing God, reveals our responsibility of the pursuit, and ultimately leads us into the very Presence of God Himself. The chapter notes below look at Tozer's Spirit-inspired words and the message that God may be leading you to in your own spiritual walk.

  • Understanding and responding to islamic terrorism

    Islamic terrorism is on the rise. With the recent advent of ISIS, many Westerners are beginning to realize that Islamic terrorism is a larger movement that they previously thought. New groups are emerging across the Middle East and Africa, and we are also seeing small-scale attacks in the United State and Europe by men claiming to be loyal to the Islamic State. Islamic terrorism gets closer to home each day. As such, Westerners in general, and Christians in particular, are finding themselves unequipped to understand and respond to Islamic terrorism. They simply do not know why these groups have emerged and how we can defeat them.

    During these -week lessons, we will examine five of the most prominent Islamic terrorist groups: Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Islamic State (ISIS). We will explore the religious motivations that influence them, their history and leadership, and the violent impact they have on the Middle East, Africa, and now the West. Some of the topics examined include: Islamic reform ideology, goals and contributing factors, how "Islamic" terrorist groups are, the relationship between modern terrorism and the life of Muhammad, and the emphasis on religious martyrdom.

    As the impact of Islamic terrorism in the world grows, Christians also need to understand why these groups have emerged and how to respond to them from a biblical worldview. Do we pray? Do we increase mission work? Do we take up arms and fight? While the Bible does not mention Islamic terrorism specifically, it does address the role of governments in protecting citizens and how Christians should respond to violence and persecution.

Emotional Wellness Series

Each Spring at Grace we host an Emotional Wellness Series to address common emotional problems that many people either struggle with personally or are familiar with relationally.

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