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.
Quarter 4 Schedule: June 2nd - August 25th
- Story - Old Testament Theology - (Teachers: Chase Sears & Brent Parker)
- What is the message of the Old Testament and how as believers in Christ should we understand and apply the Old Testament to our lives? This course seeks to explore the Old Testament: its central themes, structure, and overall message. We will not be surveying each book of the Old Testament, but instead we will focus on the big picture of the Old Testament and how its message, themes, and promises, developed over time and in Israel's history, anticipates and points to Jesus Christ and life in the age of the new covenant.
- Belief - The Word, Church, & Last Things - (Teachers: Garrick Bailey & Nick Weaver)
- Some questions are easily answered. Why is the sky blue? Where do babies come from? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? This course is all about the tougher questions. Can I trust the Bible? Where did it come from? Is it truly God’s Word? What is the church? When did it start? Is it necessary? Are baptism and the Lord’s Supper all that important? How and when should we do them? Why do so many Christians fight about them? What does the Bible say about life after death? Is Jesus coming back soon? Do we know exactly what will happen when he does? How can I have hope when everything feels hopeless?
- Elective - Pursuit of Holiness - (Teachers: Gary Yochum & Jeremy Sumners)
- “Be holy, for I am holy,” commands God. But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian’s daily life. In The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do―and what we should take responsibility for ourselves. As you deepen your relationship with God, learn more about His character, and understand the Holy Spirit’s role in holiness, your spiritual growth will mature.
- Elective - Respectable Sins - (Teachers: Cory Bledsoe & Michael Britton)
- Abortion, adultery, violence---it seems the big sins grab all the headlines. But what about jealousy, selfishness, greed, and "little" faults we live with every day? Join us as we look at the spiritual dangers of "acceptable" transgressions and seek to thoughtfully examine our lives and turn away from more subtle negative behaviors.
We also have a full schedule of classes for the year.
Register for a Class:
Registration for the above classes opens Sunday, May 5th.
Complete the registration form or call the church office 812-283-9400.
For more information about our Discipleship Classes please visit the Welcome Center, or contact Kirby O'Brien.