Discipleship Classes

Discipleship Classes

Introduction:

Discipleship classes are held on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 AM

They are designed to guide us in our spiritual growth and to train us up in our walk with Jesus Christ. Based on Ephesians 4:12-15 our desire as a church is to equip God's people for ministry. In doing so, the church will be mature, anchored in biblical truth, and filled with love for one another. Our prayer is that of Paul’s, “that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment... and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11).

Classes run on a quarterly schedule in five tracks of study:

  • Story - Aims to expand our understanding of the Story of Redemption told in the Scripture and which continues today in the history of the church.
  • Belief - Aims to ground our faith in the teachings of the Scripture held by God's people throughout the ages.
  • Discipline - Aims to direct us in applying the Scriptures to our daily lives as we seek to discipline ourselves for godliness.
  • Relationship - Aims to shape our interaction with one another according to God's design for humanity made in his image and likeness.
  • Leadership - Aims to train up godly leaders to serve in the church, the home, and community.

3-Year Discipleship Scope and Path:

If you're new to Oak Park, one of the questions we often hear is, "What Discipleship Class should I take?" In an effort to guide new members—and even existing ones—on which classes they should take, we've developed a suggested 3-year path. This path will equip you to fulfill the mission of Oak Park and grow to be a leader in the home, the church and in the community. 

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Quarter 2 Schedule: December 2nd - February 24th

  • Story -(Class is Full) New Testament Theology - (Teacher: Chase Sears)
    • The course seeks to present a holistic perspective of God's redemptive work in Christ as presented in the writings of the New Testament. Specifically, we'll explore how the New Testament writers equated Christ's arrival with the coming of the kingdom. In doing so, we'll learn how all the Old Testament promises have found their fulfillment in Christ and what importance this has for the Church as we await his Second Coming and the consummation of all things.
  • Belief - Christian Beliefs - (Teachers: Nathan Hunter & Mike Bauslaugh)
    • This study examines in detail the 18 doctrines outlined in the Baptist Faith and Message statement. Combining biblical insight with historical and contemporary illustrations, the authors help you understand essential Baptist beliefs, identify the biblical foundation for these beliefs, and apply the beliefs to your Christian walk. Expand your understanding as Baptist doctrine is brought to life through engaging historical and contemporary illustrations and applications.
      *Baptist Faith and Message workbook will be available in the library on 11/18.
  • Discipline - How to Study the Bible - (Teachers: Brian Joines)
    • Understanding the Bible isn't for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It's meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your twenty-first-century life.
  • Relationship - Parenting - (Teachers: Joshua Page & Jody Thomas)
    • There are many styles of parenting and many needed for different kid's personalities and at different stages of life. This class will combine Biblical truths with books that tap into Christian wisdom to help parents of kids at different ages think through the practical issues they are facing. You will also hear about the goals of Oak Park's Children and Youth ministries. 
  • Leadership - Discipling in the Church - (Teachers: Shane Parker & Kirby O’Brien)
    • This course is aimed at equipping teachers and community group leaders in the church. We'll explore the biblical mandate for discipleship in the church; how we carry this mandate out at Oak Park; and devote ourselves to specific training for teaching classes and leading community groups. Please note this class is a prerequisite to teach a class (children, student, or adults) or lead a community group at OPBC.

We also have a full schedule of classes for the year.

Register for a Class:

Registration for the above classes opens Sunday, November 4th.

Complete the registration form or call the church office 812-283-9400.

Contact:

For more information about our Discipleship Classes please visit the Welcome Center, or contact Kirby O'Brien.