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  • Discipleship Course Study Guide

    Fall 2018 and Winter/Spring 2019

    Additional course studies are available for all levels.

    Contact Discipleship Director for further information.

    [email protected] ~ (561) 793-2475

    10701 Okeechobee Blvd. Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411

    discipleship

  • Ladies

    Jesus said to His disciples, “Come follow Me.”

    At Connect Church we endeavor to faithfully follow

    Jesus Christ by actively studying God’s Word.

    Our mission is to ‘Glorify God by leading others

    to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.’

    In order to accomplish this mission

    we have developed a thorough discipleship plan

    entitled University of Christian Life.

    This design allows individuals to appraise

    their spiritual journey as a disciple.

    We encourage you to reflect upon your life in Christ.

    Are you a follower of Jesus?

    We invite you to consider joining us

    as we grow closer to Him.

    Our journey is with God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    For additional information:

    561-793-2475 or [email protected] 1 14

    Recommended Reading List

    Biblical Studies Track

    Christian Growth Track

    Family Track

    Suggested readings to accompany your current track of study.

    Hermeneutics – Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation by Henry A. Virkler The Story of Christianity Volume 1 by Justo L. Gonzalez The Story of Christianity Volume 2 by Justo L. Gonzalez

    Loving Wisdom – Christian Philosophy of Religion by Paul Copan When God Goes to Starbucks by Paul Copan

    Too Busy Not To Pray by Bill Hybels The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

    Hearing God’s Voice by Henry and Richard Blackaby Runaway Emotions by Jeff Scherve

    Visionary Marriage by Dr. Rob Rienow Visionary Parenting by Dr. Rob Rienow Love & Respect in the Family by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

    God, Marriage, and Family - Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation, 2nd Ed. by Andreas J. Kostenberger & David W. Jones

    Parenting Isn’t For Cowards by Dr. James Dobson

    Theology for Today by Elmer L. Towns

    Everyone’s a Theologian by R.C. Sproul Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster

    Spiritual Influence by Mel Lawrenz

    Level 401

    What does it mean to be a Disciple of Christ?

  • Preparing to Follow Christ

    □ Accepted Christ as Your Personal Savior

    Romans 3:23 - “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

    Romans 6:23 - “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is

    eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    Romans 10:9-10 - “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’

    and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you

    will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness,

    and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.”

    Beginning to Follow Christ

    □ Baptized by Full Immersion

    We believe baptism is following

    Jesus’ example, identifying with

    His death, burial, and resurrection,

    and expressing our belief to those

    who don’t know Christ.

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    Facilitators Contact Information

    Isaias Alcala

    [email protected]

    Sam Burton

    [email protected]

    Mario & Becca De Jesus

    [email protected]

    Pastor Mike Eleveld

    [email protected]

    Jeff & Robbie Elliott

    [email protected]

    Dr. Dale R. Faircloth

    [email protected]

    Pastor Sam Fowler

    [email protected]

    Marlon Francis

    [email protected]

    Josh & Kim Gentry

    [email protected]

    Gene & Tryna Groat

    [email protected]

    Art & B.J. Heyman

    [email protected]

    Pastor Duval Madrigal

    [email protected]

    Victor & Sweetlin Manoharan

    [email protected]

    Pastor Jim Sims

    [email protected]

    Discipleship Director

    Alinda Faircloth

    [email protected]

    mailto:[email protected]

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    Learning to Follow Christ

    Just as spending time with others helps us know one another better,

    devoting time to be with Christ helps us know Him even greater.

    Reading God’s Word, listening for His gentle leading

    by the Holy Spirit, guides us to a deeper knowledge of our Savior.

    How do we spend time in God’s Word?

    The SOAP method for devotional journaling

    is the approach we use for daily study.

    SOAP is an acrostic for:

    Scripture Reading - Observation - Application - Prayer

    Scripture - Read the passage of Scripture for the day and allow God

    to speak to you. Look for a verse that spoke to you. Write it down.

    Observation - Write your observation as to what is happening in the

    text. What do you believe is the point of the passage?

    Application - Ask yourself how this Scripture applies to your life right

    now. Write down how it can apply to you today.

    Prayer - This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this

    Scripture, or even a prayer for greater insight on what He may be

    revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be

    sure to listen to what God has to say!

    We study the Scripture during a personal quiet time,

    through group discussions, and within worship services.

    You will find the Bible passages on the website,

    as well as in the weekly Worship Folder.

    Discipleship Course Calendar Winter / Spring 2019

    201

    MasterLife (Book 3&4)

    Royal Palm campus - Begins 02/03/2019 - 10:30 AM

    Acreage campus - Begins 02/03/2019 - 9:00 AM

    Experiencing God

    Acreage campus - Begins 02/03/2019 - 9:00 AM

    301 - Biblical Studies Track

    The Apostles’ Creed

    Royal Palm campus - Begins 01/16/2019 - 7:00 PM

    That The World May Know - Vol. 3

    Royal Palm campus - Begins 03/13/2019 - 7:00 PM

    301 - Christian Growth Track

    God Owns It All

    Acreage campus - Begins 03/24/2019 - 9:00 AM

    Lord, Change My Attitude

    Royal Palm campus - Begins 01/16/2019 - 7:00 PM

    301 - Family Track

    Love & Respect

    Royal Palm campus - Begins 01/16/2019 - 7:00 PM

    Raising Kingdom Kids

    Royal Palm campus - Begins 03/27/2019 - 7:00 PM

    401

    The Portable Seminary - (Invitation Only) Royal Palm campus - TBD

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    Connecting with Christ

    Learning - Level 101

    □ Attend Church Orientation to discover God’s mission for your life with this church family.

    □ Submit the Partnership Covenant to join with others in service for Christ.

    □ Complete the One to One Discipling study course to grow in your relationship with Christ.

    □ Join a Connection Group to share life with other believers.

    Having a personal relationship with Christ, identifying myself through

    believer’s baptism, and believing that God has led me to officially join

    with the ministry of this church - I commit to live my life as an example

    of Christian faith and purity.

    I also make the following commitments:

    1. I will celebrate by being spiritually prepared and

    committed to worship God in spirit and truth in weekly

    Celebration Service and in my own personal devotion

    time with God.

    2. I will connect with other Christians and preserve the

    unity of this church by actively participating in a

    Connection Group for fellowship, Bible study

    application, and accountability.

    3. I will contribute to the ministry of this church with

    my time, prayers, monies, and abilities and support

    the leadership in accomplishing God’s mission in

    our community and in the world.

    PARTNERSHIP

    COVENANT

    Discipleship Course Calendar Fall 2018

    201

    MasterLife (Book 1&2)

    Royal Palm campus - Begins 09/09/2018 - 10:30 AM

    Acreage campus - Begins 09/09/2018 - 9:00 AM

    Baptist Faith & Message

    Acreage campus - Begins 09/09/2018 - 9:00 AM

    301 - Biblical Studies Track

    The Heart of God’s Story

    Royal Palm campus - Begins 10/31/2018 - 7:00 PM

    That The World May Know - Vol. 1 & 2

    Royal Palm campus - Begins 09/19/2018 - 7:00 PM

    301 - Christian Growth Track

    When Life is Hard

    Royal Palm campus - Begins 09/12/2018 - 7:00 PM

    Acreage campus - Begins 09/09/2018 - 9:00 AM

    Christian

    Royal Palm campus - Begins 10/10/2018 - 7:00 PM

    301 - Family Track

    7 Rings of Marriage

    Royal Palm campus - Begins 10/10/2018 - 7:00 PM

    401

    Spiritual Leadership - (Invitation Only)

    Royal Palm campus - TBD

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    Connecting with Christ

    Training - Level 201

    □ Join a Connection Group And / Or

    □ Complete all 201 Discipleship Studies

    MasterLife An excellent study to help individuals mature in Christ as

    they gain victory over areas of weakness and master living

    in the Word, prayer, personal purity, witnessing, and other

    key disciplines of the faith. (4 Book Study - 24 sessions)

    Experiencing God

    This study challenges Christians to experience the fullness

    of a life lived in fellowship with the loving, personal God

    who reveals Himself to us. (13 sessions)

    Baptist Faith And Message 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 identify the Biblical foundation

    for these beliefs, and how to apply them to the Christian

    walk. (13 sessions)

    Connecting with Christ

    Worship services are held weekly to celebrate who God is

    and what He has done for each of us through His Son Jesus Christ.

    It is a corporate opportunity for worship, praise, prayer,

    fellowship, study, and giving.

    The Biblical passage presented each Sunday

    is the same section the church family studied

    throughout the prior week (Explore the Bible).

    I will praise You in the great congregation;

    I will exalt You among many people.

    Psalm 35:18

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    Connecting with Christ

    Leading - Level 301

    Biblical Studies Track

    □ Lead a Connection Group □ Complete all Discipleship Studies listed within one 301 Track

    □ Lead Leaders of Connection or Discipleship Groups

    □ Complete all 401 Discipleship Studies

    Spiritual Leadership This study offers insightful counsel into the ways God develops, guides, and empowers spiritual leaders.

    Guidance is given on how leaders can make a positive

    impact on the people they are leading. (11 sessions)

    Created for Community With a passion for communicating, this study uses the resources of the Biblical message, the heritage of the church,

    and the thought forms of our culture as tools to construct a

    helpful theology that is Biblical, historical, and contemporary.

    (12 sessions)

    The Christian Counselor’s Manual The Christian Counselor’s Manual discusses a wide range of

    issues, topics, and techniques in counseling: *Who is qualified

    to be a counselor? *How can counselees change? *How does

    the Holy Spirit work? This is an outstanding reference book

    for Christian counselors. (26 sessions)

    The Portable Seminary Designed for anyone who wants an introduction to a Seminary education. The major topics covered include surveys of the Old

    and New Testaments, systematic theology, church history,

    apologetics, missions, ethics, Christian education, and more.

    (12 sessions)

    Connecting with Christ

    Leading Leaders - Level 401

    The Heart of God’s Story This study explores the beauty of God’s unfolding story

    throughout the scripture, examining God’s presences, His

    creating design for us and our mission with Him. (6 sessions)

    The Apostles’ Creed This in-depth study exams the essential doctrines and beliefs

    that summarize the gospel and the foundation of our faith. The

    scriptural truths contained in the creed enable us to build our

    Christian lives on good theology. (12 sessions)

    That The World May Know These Faith Lessons weave together historical, cultural, and

    geographical contexts to provide insights into how people in

    Biblical times understood Jesus' teaching.

    Fall (12 sessions) Winter/Spring (20 sessions)

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    Connecting with Christ

    Leading - Level 301

    □ Lead a Connection Group □ Complete all Discipleship Studies listed within one 301 Track

    Christian Growth Track

    Connecting with Christ

    Leading - Level 301

    □ Lead a Connection Group □ Complete all Discipleship Studies listed within one 301 Track

    Family Track

    Lord, Change My Attitude This study uses examples from the Israelites’ journey out of

    Egypt to how attitude can affect whether someone stays

    in the wilderness or enjoys the blessings of the Promised Land.

    (11 sessions)

    When Life Is Hard Experience Biblical truths through this study which provide

    encouragement, hope, and practical answers for those enduring

    difficult times straight from God’s Word. (6 sessions)

    Christian Unpack the qualities Jesus prescribes for his followers which

    made them unique. What if believers today embodied these

    traits? Would the non-believing world put aside its definition

    of Christian and instead know us by our love? (8 sessions)

    God Owns It All How much is enough? The answer to this question is found

    in God’s Word. The Biblically based principles equip us to

    approach money management and financial planning with

    freedom, generosity, contentment, and confidence.

    (6 sessions)

    Love & Respect Based upon Ephesians 5:33, this study reveals the power of

    unconditional love and unconditional respect, and how

    husbands and wives reap the benefits of marriage the way

    God intended. (7 sessions - 2 hours or 14 sessions - 1 hour)

    7 Rings of Marriage The 7 “rings” outlined in this study will teach couples to view

    their marriage with the end in mind, ultimately leading to a

    lasting and fulfilling relationship in every stage of marriage.

    (8 sessions)

    Shepherding a Child’s Heart Grounded in the Bible's divine plan for parenting, this study

    defines parenting goals and provides the scriptural methods for

    accomplishing them. Infancy through the teen years.

    (13 sessions)

    Raising Kingdom Kids This study challenges and equips parents to fully understand

    their position under God, helping to fulfill their role in

    parenting the children God has given them (6 sessions)