Cohorts are designed to help you develop the knowledge to progress through the educational portions of your discipleship pathway. The process we follow for each cohort is based upon the biblical Hebrew wisdom model and on sound, contemporary educational research that equips the student in techniques of sound study of the word of God.
Each cohort is made up of at least 3 people, and engages us in five steps:
Step 1: Study the Scriptures
This step is foundational. We cannot begin exploring the issues of the Bible without first understanding exactly what the passages mean. In this step, a passage is read, a few basic questions about the passage addressed, and the core teaching of the passage is summarized.
Step 2: Consult the Scholars
God raises up teachers and scholars to serve in every generation. Solid, carefully chosen research is presented––in nugget form––to stimulate thinking. These nuggets are presented as brief commentaries and short instructional quotes on ideas related to the core truths of the passage being studied.
Step 3: Think Through the Issues
Without the process of thinking through the implications of the teaching of a passage, we can gloss over the significance of the core truths. This is best done in small groups where issues can be discussed thoroughly. Issues are discussed in light of the biblical texts that are being studied.
Step 4: Apply the Principles
This step completes the basic learning cycle. Gaining a clear grasp of an issue and accurately understanding core biblical truths is simply not enough. It must be applied to our lives. This step affords the student an opportunity to do just that while making the application specific and related to the core truths of the passages studied.
Step 5: Reshape Our Lives
This step brings together the entire study process of the first five sessions. Going beyond the applications made in the Apply the Principles sections, this session encourages the student to think through his whole life and rearrange his worldview. He will be encouraged to commit his heart––by reflection, personal journaling, and prayer. To commit his mind––by forming clear convictions and memorizing Scripture. To commit his life––by decisions, personal projects, and life habits.
Which Cohort do I join?
The answer to this question is found by looking at the stage of your spiritual journey, combined with how God has wired you up to be and what he intends for you to do. We help each person understand this based on our Discipleship Pathway.
This cohort is designed to establish a new believer in his or her faith as well as to give believers (especially those who were not carefully grounded in their faith) a fresh look at the New Testament account of the first-century churches. It walks through 4 courses over the duration of about a year. The courses emphasize a thorough study of the book of Acts and major on Paul’s letters to the churches, since he was appointed to bring God’s plan for this age into full view and to properly and fully establish the churches and new believers in the faith.
First Principles Cohort
The First Principles leads students through a learning process---a process designed to teach them to think through and develop a firm understanding and reason behind their faith.
Fall 2019 Course - Become a Disciple & Belonging to a Family of Families
In partnership with our network, Gospel Ventures Network, Bild International, and the Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development, we offer accredited courses for those pursuing leadership within and beyond our local church. Those who take these courses may either audit the courses, earn a Certificate, or take them in pursuit of accredited degrees - B.Min., B.Th., M.Min., M.Th., D.Min.
Fall 2019 Course - Pauline Epistles
Adult learning cohorts meet on Wednesdays from 6-8pm at Christ Community Church.
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