The New Testament Church & Ministry Today
We are living in the era of The New Testament Church. What does the ministry of the Apostles as illustrated in the Book of Acts have to say to us about our ministry today? Is there evidence that God is raising up a church today that will be a strong resemmblance to the first century church? The implications of church development (both positively and negatively) throughout time from the first century until the present day are truly significant. Today God is speaking to His church through an anointing that is as powerful as that of the first century church.
Old Testament Survey
This course develops a high level view of the 39 books of the Old Testament. From Genesis through Malachi the student will be exposed to author, purpose, audience, historical setting, approximate dates of writing, and key people. Key principles of each book will be discussed, to include but not necessarily be limited to: a chronological synopsis of the book that will bring out the major themes of the writing, explanations of these major themes and their significance relative to the message God has for us.
New Testament Survey
This course develops a high level view of the 27 books of the New Testament. From Matthew through Revelation the student will be exposed to author, purpose, audience, historical setting, approximate dates of writing, and key people. Key principles of each book will be discussed, to include but not necessarily be limited to: a chronological synopsis of the book that will bring out the major themes of the writing, explanations of these major themes and their significance relative to the message God has for us.
God and His Finances
Do you believe that God is concerned about your finances and the decisions that you make concerning them? Considering the fact that Scripture references money and related matters more than 2350 times (contrast this with the fact that faith is mentioned less than 500 times), there is no doubt that God knows the importance of this issue. Understanding the Biblical principles related to your finances, your tithing and your stewardship in general, is the primary focus of this session. The implications related to contentment and real ownership are necessary elements to walking in God’s power, His grace, and being an effective minister of the Gospel.
Abiding in Faith
If prayer is the life blood of the church and those who minister there, then faith is the Spiritual Energy that moves the body. Faith is what moved Noah to build the ark. Faith is what Abraham exercised when he moved his family and when he offered Isaac as a sacrifice. In fact, faith defines our movements through life against all odds when we have no way of knowing the outcome. Operating and abiding in faith gives us the certainty to minister under the anointing of God. In this session you will learn what God’s word says about faith and how to, through obedience, abide not only in your own faith, but that faith which is conferred upon us through Jesus Christ.
Prayer and Intercession
Prayer is the life blood of any church and the ministers that serve therein. If we are to get to know God, if we are to minister unto Him first, then we must be in a constant state of developing and nurturing our relationship with Him. The vehicle by which we do this is prayer. Several differing types and styles of prayer will be studied during this course with the path ultimately leading to the exercise and gifting associated with Intercessory Prayer. As ministers of the Gospel, we are called to stand in the gap, to get outside of ourselves and to allow God’s mercy, grace and love to flow through us and bring an effect unto others. We are called to intercede on behalf of others!
Servant Leadership (4 wks)
Servant Leadership, touted by some as the newest and greatest of all leadership styles, is actually as old as time itself. The Bible speaks often, illustrates profoundly and gives us the ultimate example of real servant leadership in the person of Jesus Christ. In this session you will study how Christ leads from a position of servanthood and what this teaches us about leadership in the church, in our families, and in our world today. As Christ came to serve, so is it with us who have been called to minister to Him. We have been called to serve and to lead through that serving.
Our platform for “lay pastoring” is primarily in the small group or “home group” setting. As such, this session will focus on bringing to the students an understanding of home group ministry and leadership. The home group environment is the primary intimate connection point for the majority of members of The Well Christian Community. This environment provides a safe, intimate and transparent environment for fellowship, sharing, and prayer. From a leadership standpoint, this is the environment where pastoring, as appropriate can take place. This session will discuss the dynamics of home group leadership, the do’s and don’ts of home group dynamics, and finally the home group as an outreach or evangelistic platform.
The Bible informs us that we are created for fellowship or companionship with God; therefore it is our responsibility to be clear about our role in this relationship. This session uses four themes or topics to define our role in loving God in ways that please Him. These themes include:
- loving Him because He first loved us;
- loving Him with all our heart;
- loving Him with all our soul:
- loving Him with all our strength.
Loving people can often be one of the most difficult challenges we face as Christians. Loving God is typically not a challenging because He has done so much for us. It is God’s intention that we love not only Him but also His creation. This session will give insight into God’s heart about this subject. The purpose of this session is for us to embrace God’s desire and apply this to our lives. God’s true desire is that we know this through knowledge; understanding it through our hearts; and applying it in our lives through wisdom.
During this four to eight week session, each student will develop and deliver a fifteen (15) minute presentation to an audience of church leaders and their classmates. These presentations are not preaching or teaching assignments, rather they provide an opportunity for students to share what God has revealed to the student over the session of their attendance at the Rock School of Ministry. All messages will be recorded and a copy offered to the students for their reference.