Starting today (February 1st), I will be facilitating a new class on personal discipleship. For the next nine weeks, we will meet promptly at 10:45 a.m. in room 156 at the Williamsburg Community Chapel.
This class will build upon the apostle Paul’s instruction in (Philippians 2:12):
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;”
“Personal discipleship” is the process by which a believer or seeker accepts personal responsibility for exploring the claims and content of the Bible. The class will explore resources and topics, going beyond the sacred page to meet some of today’s most interesting and thought-provoking theologians, apologists, and philosophers. We will discuss historical evidence for the Resurrection, the dating of Easter, apologetics, textual criticism, the trustworthiness of Scripture, biblical inerrancy, science and faith, and current topics in theology.
The first session will focus on resources for personal discipleship. Click on the image above to download a PDF file containing hyperlinks to some of my favorite resources, which I will demonstrate in the class. If your personal studies are getting a little rote, try clicking on the images in this file to find some refreshing new tools and resources that you can use to reinvigorate your devotional life. The breadth and depth of high-quality resources available today is absolutely stunning.
Objective Truth As The Basis For Our Study
I posted the following video a couple of weeks ago. It presents an interesting, refreshing basis for studying the Christian faith—specifically that Christianity is founded on objective truth. The ideas in this video will frame our approach to studying during this class.
February 1st, 2015 at 3:12 pm
Great start to the class today, John! You presented a great set of resources for personal study. Thanks for your dedication and hard work. I’m just glad I got there early enough to get a seat.
February 2nd, 2015 at 11:02 am
Thanks Dave, I really appreciate your support. I’ve had a lot of fun preparing to share this material, and we have a great group to dive into the topics. It should be an interesting spring!
February 3rd, 2015 at 9:28 pm
John, I’m not the most diligent student on the word, I keep focusing on life and everyday situations. But I have Faith and I want answers and facts about the Bible, Christ and God and I am so thankful for you and Mike and my class. More than I hoped for.
February 4th, 2015 at 6:38 am
Thanks for your encouragement Faith! That desire to find answers and facts about the Bible is exactly what drives personal discipleship. I am so excited about the opportunity to share this material with people who really want to investigate the claims and content of the Bible.