Study to Make Him Known
A seasonal journey into discipleship
Currently Closed for Spring 2013.
The Harvest is an introductory look into discipleship facilitated through a small group setting that meets every other week. We explore the importance of the gospel, baptism, prayer, scripture, family, church, the Lord’s supper & the great commission. The goal will be to discuss these things in an atmosphere of worship and loving accountability. For any other questions or details about future groups please contact Jerimiah Smith.
If you’ve been a part of FBCA for any length of time then you know that we embrace the philosophy of church-based sending. That means we send our own “cross-cultural workers” to live in other cultures throughout the world in order to advance God’s kingdom. Maybe that’s you. Maybe God is calling you to go. This is a church that wants to embrace, equip and support that calling. Panorama is a comprehensive small group study aimed to prepare people to be sent as long-term workers. As one of the chief member churches in the KINEXXUS network (formerly GCPN), we have the curriculum in place to provide the type of training such a calling would require. If you want to know more about this process and pursue additional training then please let us know or read about Panorama at FBCA. Here are your some options to consider:
Perspectives – this is missions 101 at its best. Each Spring semester FBCA partners with several other Arlington area churches to host this dynamic missions training. It’s 15 weeks long with 15 different exciting speakers that cover the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic approach to missions.
Intro to Panorama – This is a basic introduction to our personalized training for future workers. It’s designed for a small group setting and is discussion based. Over the course of about 15-20 weeks these intentional moments of community will help shape and evaluate your call to missions.
Advanced Panorama – The content for this study is also designed for a small group setting but is geared specifically for those who have affirmed their call to be sent. Even if you don’t know “where,” once you have resolved the Lord is sending you then this in-depth study will help equip you to be sent by our church.
We’d highly encourage each and every Sunday morning Bible Study to set aside three weeks a year to review these lessons. If it’s not on a Sunday morning then maybe in a small group throughout the week. In any context, these lessons provide reveal the primary missional strategy of our church. Find out the details here.
Books to Read
The purpose of this section is to continue to collaborate and share in the ideas of other individuals and allow that collaboration to continue to inform our knowledge of God. The list below is not meant to be considered an exhaustive collection of educational resources but rather a brief but diversified sampling of works that challenge our thinking of how to view God, the world and our interaction with both.
T4T: A Discipleship Re-Revolution is one of the most convicting and practical books that takes us back to the heart of mission … discipleship. These real life testimonies of how God is moving throughout the world will motivate you to engage like never before.
Let the Nations Be Glad has provided thousands of seminary students, missionaries, and pastors with a sound theological foundation for missions. John Piper now offers a revised and expanded edition of this theological and biblical defense of God’s supremacy in all things.
Announcing the Kingdom is a comprehensive survey that explores the biblical foundation of mission. Arthur F. Glasser investigates the development of the kingdom of God theme in the Old Testament and its fulfillment through Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and the work of the Holy Spirit through the church.
In Christ & Culture, Richard Niebuhr speaks of Christ and culture as the two points of reference for faith and ethics and challenges a new generation of Christians to be true to Christ in a materialistic age.
• Aren’t all religions fundamentally the same?
• Was Jesus who He claimed to be?
• Can one study the life of Christ and demonstrate conclusively that He was and is the way, the truth and the life?
Peace Child is the story of Don and Carol Richardson and their experience with the Sawi people. Imagine sharing the gospel with a tribe of cannibals who admire Judas’s betrayal more than Jesus’ sacrifice. Not only murder, but treacherous murder, had been the ideal of the headhunting Sawi people of New Guinea for generations. As they searched for the key that would open the gospel to the Sawis, God moved in a remarkable way, revealing His true Peace Child, a figure the Sawis knew vaguely from their own mythology. To the Hebrews He was the Lamb of God, to the Greeks, the Logos. But to the Sawi He was the ‘Tarop Tim Kodon, the Perfect Peace Child–the ideal fulfillment of their own redemptive analogy.
Operation World is the definitive prayer guide to the nations, peoples and cities of the world. It includes key background information for every country, major prayer challenges gathered direct from hundreds of on-site Christians workers, and is the most comprehensive up-to-date compilation of prayer information produced.
The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman, is an essential discourse on globalization, it’s opportunities for individual empowerment, its achievements at lifting millions out of poverty, and its drawbacks – environmental, social, and political. While it is not written from a Christian perspective, if it is read from a Christian perspective it can be a very formative work in terms of how mission will be done in the years ahead.