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.
Fall 2019 Schedule: September 1st - November 17th
- Story - Christian Story - (Teachers: Cory Bledsoe & Brent Parker)
- From beginning to end, the Bible reveals the glory of Jesus. But for many Bible readers, it isn't that simple. We're often unsure how the Bible's many stories, characters, and events relate to each other and connect to Jesus. This study aims to help Christians understand better how every part of Scripture fits to reveal the glory of Christ Jesus.
- Belief - The Trinity: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit - (Teachers: Nathan Hunter & Jesse Erickson)
- The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Three distinct persons, ONE God. A study of the Trinity.
- Discipleship - Biblical Stewardship - (Teachers: David Lewis, Jr. & Jeremy Sumners)
- Develop a biblical understanding of money and possessions along with practical means for stewarding your money for God's glory.
- Relationships - Principles of Parenting - (Teachers: Kirby O'Brien, II & Andrew Hirschy)
- This class will present a big-picture view of God's plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, this class shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God—grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents. We will be using the book Parenting, by Paul David Tripp, as our guide.
- Elective - In the Beginning: a study of Genesis 1-11 (Teachers: Gary Yochum & Nick Weaver)
- Genesis is a word that means "origin", so this study of Genesis 1-11 will invite us to reconsider the origins of the world, of humanity, and of sin. The class is designed to overview selected aspects of creation theology, with a focus on practical implications of the "great rebellion" in the Garden. (Primary resource will be the Scriptures.)
We also have a full schedule of classes for the year.
Register for a Class:
Registration for the above classes opens Thursday, August 1st.
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.