Equipping Classes

Equipping the Saints

Our equipping classes are an essential element in helping us fulfill our mission statement. They provide training for our church family to be more competent, committed, and contagious disciples of Jesus Christ. Here are three reasons why we believe every disciple of Christ should invest in an equipping class here at Grace.

Know God

The Lord has revealed himself and his eternal plan of redemption in a book, and his desire is that we know and love him with our whole being (Matthew 22:37). We are all called to grow in the knowledge of God as a means of growth in godliness (1 Corinthians 14:20). Throughout the New Testament we learn that it is the responsibility of every Christian to grow in our thinking about God. As we increase our knowledge of God—his attributes and his works—our faith also increases, allowing us to become more conformed to His likeness.

Apply Truth

Christ-exalting preaching is absolutely essential to the life and health of the church, but it is not the only ministry of the Word. Preaching exalts, proclaims, and celebrates the glory, majesty, and beauty of God in the Gospel. But it is mainly addressed to the entire congregation without any discussion. Equipping classes provide both monologue and dialogue. They provide detailed training and interaction, with focused time and attention on specific topics (parenting, finances, evangelism, systematic theology, biblical interpretation, etc.) The concentrated nature of the equipping class is designed to teach you to apply the Gospel to every facet of life.

Help Others

Equipping classes should encourage further discipleship. They allow the elders and other gifted teachers the opportunity to exercise a vital, life-giving ministry while training others to use their gifts to build and serve the church. As you learn and grow, you will be equipped with knowledge and experience that you can then invest in others.

Fall 2017 Equipping Classes

Exposition of Exodus | August 20–December 3

Teacher: Scott Bucher
Location: Board Room
Category: Exposition of a Biblical Book
Focus: Equip the church through focused exposition of a book of the Bible. This class will feature engaging and rich teaching with consistent pastoral application.

Systematic Theology, Part 2 | August 20–December 3

Teacher: Ken Harvey, John Paul Stepanian, and David Morris
Location: Library
Category: Systematic Theology
Focus: Studying God as he has revealed himself in his holy Scriptures. The course will be “systematic” by beginning with a study of Bible inspiration, inerrancy, authority, and sufficiency. From there we will explore the nature of God, the Trinity, and the work of God in creation and providence. Our goal is to trust, know, and obey God more by reading what he has revealed about himself in the Bible.

Fundamentals of the Faith | August 20–December 3

Teacher: Charlie Fernandez
Location: Library (career center)
Category: Spiritual Formation
Focus: This class will equip new believers with a rock-solid theological foundation while simultaneously helping more mature Christians sharpen their understanding of key doctrines. It will equip the church for evangelism and discipleship while fostering the only kind of unity that truly means anything in the church—unity based on a shared understanding of God’s truth.

Baptism Class | August 13–September 10

Teacher: Dom Avila & Scott Ardavanis
Location: Library
Category: Spiritual Formation
Focus: Explain the need, purpose, and process of baptism, culminating in a baptism service.

Membership Class | October 1–29

Teacher: Dom Avila & Scott Ardavanis
Location: Library
Category: Spiritual Formation
Focus: Explain the reasons for church membership at Grace, the process, and the heart of GCV for anyone considering joining Grace Church. This class is informal, personal, and designed to help you become a member at Grace Church.

Student Ministries | August 20–December 3

Teacher: Shay Thomason
Location: The Landing (1849 18th Ave, Kingsburg)
Category: Spiritual Formation
Focus: The student book study centers on junior-high and high-school students reading and discussing a practical, theological piece of Christian literature chosen by GCV staff. With an intentionally casual atmosphere, this class encourages students to voice their thoughts and questions in a free-flowing manner. 

Children’s Sunday School

Sunday school classes are available for children of all ages. See the Children’s Sunday School page for details. 

 

Equipping Class Categories

Grace Church’s equipping classes are designed to cover topics within a major theme of Christian education. Members will gain a breadth and depth of biblical knowledge, as well as wisdom for faithful Christian living.

Biblical Survey

These classes will give you a broad overview of the biblical content but not go into a verse-by-verse discussion.

Exposition of a Biblical Book

These classes will help develop expositional skills (understanding and application) by studying specific books of the Bible.

Biblical Theology

These classes will study the teaching of the individual authors and sections of the Bible and of the place of each teaching in the historical development of the Bible.

Systematic Theology

These classes will look at all of the Bible’s teaching on specific topics. Instead of asking what a particular book or author teaches on a given subject, it asks what we can know about that particular subject from the entire Bible.

Spiritual Formation

These classes focus on issues of spiritual growth and maturity. This emphasis is designed to enhance the student’s ability to guide others in spiritual formation in a variety of ministry settings by offering additional training in areas such as spiritual formation in contemporary culture and the practice of the spiritual disciplines.

Biblical Skills

These classes will help you take what you have learned and use that knowledge in real-life situations, including how to study your Bible, defend your faith, and evangelize.

 

Contact

Have questions? Contact:
Dominic Avila
(831) 324-3935
dom@graceofthevalley.org

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