Subjects we Teach.

OVERVIEW

The subjects we teach can be divided into three categories:

•    Doctrinal
•    Books of the Bible
•    Leadership and Lifestyle

In one sense, there is little difference between the three because the doctrinal topics are based on books of the bible as well as discussing how we can integrate this teaching into our lifestyle. Likewise, the books of the Bible are full of practical application which should impact how we live. Similarly the Leadership and Lifestyle subjects are based on the teaching of God’s Word. The three are interrelated.

Doctrinal subjects.

The Doctrinal subjects pull together the various aspects of teaching that we find throughout Scripture so that we have a comprehensive understanding of the various truths of the bible as they apply to a certain topic.

One of the problems in the church is that people sometimes have a “proof text” approach to discovering truth. I mean by that, that they “pull out” a given text which deals with a certain subject and see it as containing all the truth on that given issue. This is a dangerous approach because the Bible is full of complex issues which can’t be restricted to one verse. For example, Paul tells us in Romans 13:1-2 to submit to the governing authorities and that “he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.” However, Peter and John, when ordered by the leaders of the day to stop teaching in the name of Jesus, did “rebel against the authorities” and said, “We must obey God rather than men!” The “proof text” method will often concentrate on only one aspect of biblical truth and ignore the others; usually resulting in a distorted view of the Bible.

Looking at the various strands of teaching on a given subject helps us to get a balanced overall view that should enable us to arrive at a position which is closer to divine truth.

Books of the Bible.

One of the reasons why we examine books of the bible in their entirety is to help leaders understand that we must interpret any given verse in keeping with its context and not divorce it from what the author has written before and after. Too often people will take a verse out of context and make it mean something different from what the author said. This distorts its meaning.

Further we examine books of the Bible to help us to better understand doctrine and how it applies to life.

Ultimately, we teach the Bible because “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16).

Leadership and Lifestyle.

Our mission statement is “equipping leaders so that the body of Christ is built up.” Leadership is important. Pastors need to understand that they have been called to lead and to do it in a biblical way. Jesus is our example. If the pastor is not leading in an appropriate manner then the church will probably not grow.

Lifestyle issues are another way of looking at biblical teaching that relates to how we should live. For example, the topic “Bringing Your Children to Faith” brings together various truths from the Bible that relate to raising children to be successful, godly men and women and presents them in a comprehensive practical manner. We need to appreciate that doctrine has to be put into practice and we need instruction on how to be better parents, better spouses and the like.

THE SUBJECTS WE TEACH.

Doctrinal

Person of Jesus
Jesus and Salvation (The Work of Jesus)
The Holy Spirit: Living by Faith
Eschatology
Women and Ministry

Books of the Bible

Minor Prophets (Amos, Jonah, Micah, Habakkuk and Malachi)
Romans
1 Corinthians
Ephesians
Revelation

Leadership and lifestyle

Principles of Leadership (Leadership I)
Developing your Gift of Leadership (Leadership II)
Marriage
Bringing Your Children to Faith.