CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

As part of our Christian growth and development, Discipleship & Nurture (D&N) committee recommends 3 streams for meeting members’ needs:

  1. Christian Journey: for new believers to be nurtured to Christian maturity

  2. Leader’s Journey: for small group leaders to be trained and developed.

  3. Life Phase Journey: for all believers to be equipped and have needs met in different life phases and transitions

All courses, workshops, seminars or discussion series rolled out will come under one of the 3 streams for all members. The following courses will be rolled out if there is sufficient demand. If you are keen, please respond by visiting on the respective links to register your interest.

Christian Journey

1. Disciple I Bible Study

During the course of thirty-four weeks, DISCIPLE study groups will move through the biblical story from Creation to the New Jerusalem. The titles of the sessions along with theme words; theme words; and major persons, events, and topics will fix the sequence of the biblical story in the minds of the participants. The principal Scripture for each session follows the chronological movement of the biblical story.

For: Members who are working towards the following are suitable for this course: Disciple Path Phase 2 [Faithful Witness]

Growing and mature believers with a passion for going deeper into God’s Word from both the Old and New Testaments.

When: Registration for 2021 classes will start in Dec 2020. If there is

sufficient demand, we will start course on I will indicate in publicity that we will start the week beginning 1 Mar 2021 if there is demand.

How long/format: 34 weekly sessions / 2.5 hrs each session

  • 3.5 to 4 hours per week of independent study and journaling. Daily reading of the Bible and study manual. Minimum 30 minutes each day.

  • Video presentation that draws on the work of biblical scholars

  • Facilitated group discussions

Learning Outcome:

  • At the end of the lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how our Human Condition influences our view of the world and God;

  • Learn how the Marks of Discipleship transforms our thinking and draws us closer to becoming more like Christ;

  • Apply the Word in our daily lives with better understanding.

Notes: Participants are required to purchase the Study Manual @ $30 (price correct at time of printing)

 

Registration: Please look out for announcement in CharisMC church bulletin or register at: http://bit.ly/2Q3G2oL. Registration closes on 27 Feb 2021.

2. Disciple II Bible Study

DISCIPLE 2: INTO THE WORD INTO THE WORLD is the second study of the DISCIPLE programme and is prepared for youth and adults who are graduates of DISCIPLE 1 BECOMING DISCIPLE THROUGH BIBLE STUDY (BDTBS). It builds on biblical knowledge gained through the overview of the whole Bible in BDTBS and deepens biblical understanding by probing selected portions of Scripture. Emphasis shifts from the broad view to the deeper, more detailed view.

Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts will be read entirely. Each week’s reading assignments will also include appropriate passages from other parts of the Bible Torah forms the foundation for Old Testament traditions. Genesis and Exodus play a distinctive role in Torah teaching. The teachings, sermons and life of Jesus in Luke provide the impetus for the strong movement.

 

For: Members who are working towards the following are suitable for this course: Disciple Path Phase 3 [Mature Disciple]

Graduates of DISCIPLE 1: BECOMING DISCIPLE THROUGH BIBLE STUDY (BDTBS) who would like to deeper study of Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts and develop Spiritual Disciplines

When: Registration for 2021 classes will start in Dec 2020. If there is

sufficient demand, we will start course on I will indicate in publicity that we will start the week beginning 1 Mar 2021 if there is demand.

How long/format: 32 weekly sessions / 2.5 hrs each session

  • 3.5 to 4 hours per week of independent study and journaling, Daily reading of the Bible and study manual. Minimum 30 minutes each day.

  • Video presentation that draws on the work of biblical scholars

  • Facilitated group discussions

Learning Outcome:

  • Each week, participants will cover the following:

  • Making Connections - Apply different ways to study the Bible to deepen understanding of Scripture as you begin to make connections between what you are reading and what you already know.

  • Spiritual Disciplines - Reflect on and practice a spiritual discipline (daily). Practicing spiritual disciplines can bring order to life and keep Bible Study related to witness and service in the world.

  • Sabbath – Reflect on a different emphasis on Sabbath. This reflection should inform your decisions about how you remember the Sabbath and how you will live the other six days of the week.

  • Into the World – You will be called to identify some needs in the world calling for ministry and for you to respond accordingly.

  • God’s Word in my World – You will be invited to summarise the Scripture message you have heard that will shape your ministry and to decide what response and commitment you will make to that message.

Notes: Participants are required to purchase the Study Manual @ $30 (price correct at time of printing)

 

Registration: Please look out for announcement in CharisMC church bulletin or register at: http://bit.ly/2IAcxqK. Registration closes on 27 Feb 2021.

 

3. Precepts upon Precepts

A study on Discipleship. Paul entrusted the Gospel to Timothy and others. Learn how a faithful steward protects and delivers the Word of truth—even in the midst of persecution. We will be studying the book of 2 Timothy - 6 Lessons (In & Out).

 

For: If you desire to know God and understand His precepts, learning using the Precepts Inductive Bible Study techniques. Precepts Inductive Bible Study is suited for disciples who are keen to study more deeply the Bible.

When: Class will start in late February.

How long/format: Meeting weekly by zoom / 1.5 hours of weekly discussion

  • 30 mins of independent study a day.

  • Facilitated group discussions

  • Video teaching to be viewed OTOT before the next lesson.

Learning Outcome:

  • To establish the people of God in God’s Word.

  • God’s eternal, inerrant Word is our guidebook for all of life, and inductive study gives us the key to understanding that guide.

  • To help us discover Truth for ourselves by using the Inductive Bible Study method.

  • The Inductive study is a method that brings us directly to the Word of God apart from another’s understanding or interpretation of the text, involves three skills: observation, interpretation, and application.

Note: Study Manual is @$12 a copy.

Registration: Registration for 2021 classes will start today via https://bit.ly/2Tbdc7g

Registration closes on 31 Jan 2021

4. Follow up classes for New Believers/Disciples

The aim of this course is to ground new believers or young disciples in the foundation for their Christian life and to point the way to maturity. There will be lessons on assurances which are on basic promises God gives to Christians and lessons on Christian living on major scriptural principles to help individuals grow spiritually. Participants will be involved in bible studies and discussions. There will be 16 weekly sessions conducted. Each discussion/session will be for about 1.5 hours. There will also be practical sessions on skills (3 sessions) needed by new believer or young disciples.

 

There will be Lessons on

  • Assurances which are on the basic promises God gives to Christians

    • Assurance of salvation

    • Answered prayer

    • Victory over sin

    • Forgiveness

    • Guidance

  • Christian Living which discuss major scriptural principles to help individuals grow spiritually.

    • Putting Christ first in your life

    • Relying on the Lord’s strength

    • The importance of the Bible

    • Love

    • Giving

    • The church

    • Good works

    • Witnessing

5. S.H.A.P.E. SEMINAR

The purpose of this seminar, is to focus on the individual approach to ministry. There are Five Personal Factors that have combined to shape the "real" you. By identifying the specific traits you possess in each of these areas, the ministry God has designed you for will become clearer. The 5 factors are: 1) Spiritual gifts, 2) Heart, 3) Abilities, 4) Personality, 5) Experience

 

For: Members who are working towards the following are suitable for this course: Disciple Path Phase 1B and later phases  i.e. All believers who desire to discover and deploy their spiritual gifts. And in so doing members would honour God, build up the church and account for the gifts our heavenly Father has so generously given to His children.

 

 

 

When: If there is sufficient demand, we will start course on 11 Sept 2021.

 

 

How long/format: 5 weekly sessions / 2.5hrs each session

  • Teaching

  • Discussion in groups

 

 

Learning Outcome:

  • Three phases to completing this seminar

  • Attend SHAPE Seminar

  • Complete your S.H.A.P.E. Personal Profile

  • Meet with your facilitator for an interview

 

  • Over five sessions, the course will help you to:

  • Discover your unique design (S.H.A.P.E.) for ministry and commit to developing and using your God-given gifts and abilities in serving God and others.

  • Select and begin serving in the ministry that best expresses what God made you to do.

  • Continue growing and maturing in Christ, developing your

  • character, gifts, and abilities for better service, and remain sensitive to His leading.

 

 

Note: Participants are required to acquire the Study Manual.

 

 

Registration: Registration for 2021 classes is opened via https://bit.ly/34J3QWT

 

6. CVL Discussion Groups

Charis and other Christian friends are welcomed to join the groups to discuss issues and insights on victorious Christian Living. Discussions are based on Christian books written by Bishop Robert Solomon and others authors such as CS Lewis, John Stott, Charles Swindoll, JI Packer. These book cover contemporary Christian topics or studies of books of the Bible. At each session we will read a chapter but stopping from time to time to iterate the lesson, share our thoughts, experiences and insights

 

There are two CVL Bible Discussion Groups meeting fortnightly by Zoom

1. Saturday Group @10 am for CVL elders 55 years and above. It has a good mix of Charis members and Christian friends from other churches. This group has met for more than 6 years and covered >10 books. Currently they are studying Growing Old Gracefully by Bishop Solomon

 

2. Monday Group @ 8.30 pm is Intergenerational comprising elders and young couples and singles around 25-45 years. This group is unique in being able to share different perspectives according to its wide range of ages. The group will start on a new book Job-A Man of Heroic Endurance by Charles Swindoll in Jan 2021.

 

When: Classes will start in Dec 2020

 

How long/format: Meeting fortnightly by Zoom

  • At each session a chapter will be covered but stopping from time to time to iterate the lesson, share our thoughts, experiences and insights

 

 

Learning Outcome: Opportunity to share different perspectives according to its wide range of ages.

 

 

Note: Participants are required to acquire the Study Manual.

 

 

Registration: Please submit the form (via link below) if you are keen. The facilitator will contact you regarding meeting details. Thank you.

 

Registration is on-going via https://forms.gle/gBb73EDP1gDUSEde8

7. Bible Reading Guide (AQ)

Why have another material for bible reading when there are so many online that we can choose from? The objectives of the guide are as follows:

  • Members can meditate deeper into the messages preached during Sunday services and be further blessed as God speaks to each. The bible reading chapters for some days in the week may be more than what is listed for the Sunday scripture passage.

  • The materials can be used by the family for discussions e.g. over meals or family devotion.

  • Members can share their thoughts and what the Lord is teaching them during cell meetings.

 

You may download the Bible Reading Guide here - https://www.charismc.org.sg/bible-reading-guide

Leader's Journey

1. Small Group (SG) Leader’s Training

To be advised

Life Phase Journey

1. The Marriage Preparation Course

The Marriage Preparation Course was developed in 1985 by Nicky and Sila Lee (authors of The Marriage Book) to help couples invest in their relationship for a lasting marriage.

 

For: Members who are working towards the following are suitable for this course: any Phase in Disciple Path. The Marriage Preparation Course is for any engaged couple planning to give their marriage the best possible start. The course is also for couples who would like to explore the idea of getting married. The course is based on Christian principles but designed for all couples with or without a church background. You do not need to be getting married in a church to come on the course.

 

When: If there is sufficient demand, we will start course on 23 Jan 2021.

 

 

How long/format: 5 weekly sessions / 2.5hrs each session

  • Homework discussion with partner

  • Video presentation that draws on the relationship areas

  • Discussion between couple only

Over five sessions, the course will help you to:

• Recognise the importance of commitment

• Understand and appreciate your differences

• Learn the art of communication

• Resolve conflict

• Spend time together

• Recognise the influence of your family background

• Develop a good sexual relationship

• Talk about your goals, values and dreams

 

Note: Participants are required to purchase the Study Manual @ $10 (price correct at time of printing)

 

Registration: Registration for 2021 classes is opened via https://bit.ly/CMC_MPC_register

 

Registration closes on 23 Jan 2021.

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