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A simple set of studies introducing the core ideas of discipleship from John 17. The lessons are as follows:
The goal of discipleship
The result of discipleship
How discipleship works
Connection Point 1—Connecting to the mind of Jesus through His word
Connection Point 2—Connecting to the heart of Jesus through intimacy with Him
Connection Point 3—Connecting to the will of Jesus through our choices
Connection Point 4—Connecting to the work of Jesus through sacrificial service
Planning my journey
This curriculum that can be used for pre and post baptismal preparation, but can also be used for those wanting to explore the basics of Christianity.
It focuses on the central idea that as human beings, we are designed to reflect the image of God. This happens as we learn to desire to “gaze on the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27:4) and prioritise this longing above all other things. When we learn to do this well, we will “become transformed into his image with every increasing glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
After 10 introductory lessons that lay out the framework for life with God, there are 54 further lessons that are divided into 4 areas that students focus on 1) openness, 2) faith, 3) living by divine power, 4) mission. These lessons can be used as an à la carte menu depending on the needs of your students. Lessons are a mixture of spiritual habits and biblical doctrines that are framed in the story of being restored in the image of God.
The teacher's greatest ally—``For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son`` (Romans 8:29)
Fresh Start is a chapter by chapter study through the book of Matthew. It looks at unpacking the story of Jesus and answers the key questions about living as a Christian. These lessons can be done individually but are also designed to be used with groups. The lessons are as follows:
Introducing Jesus (Matthew 1-4)
What is the gospel? (Matthew 5-7)
A power to transform (Matthew 8-10)
How are we changed? (Matthew 13 & 18)
“Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 14-17)
Why people didn’t like Jesus (Matthew 19-23)
Living for the future (Matthew 24-25)
“Why did Jesus have to die?” (Matthew 26-27)
An unstoppable kingdom (Matthew 27-28)
So what do we do now? (Matthew 28:16-20)
Help for the journey 1: prayer (Matthew 6:5-15)
Help for the journey 2: the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3)
Help for the journey 3: the church family (Matthew 12:46-50)
Communion with God teaches students how to develop the habit of daily devotions.
The main section focuses on three areas. First, Bible study—which teaches different methods of study so students can find a method that works best for them. Second, prayer—which highlights four focuses for a balanced prayer life. Third, mission—which looks at how God prepares us for mission and how to be prepared to join God in His work each day.
There are Bible study, prayer and mission journal pages for students to record their own discoveries and prayers. The journal pages make their time with God concrete. It also provides a record of what God has done in their lives to encourage them in the future.
My journey into communion
Why communion with God matters
Three attitudes for communion
Finding a time & place
How to use this guide
Bible study—reflecting God’s heart & mind
Method 1 (Listening)—Reading to hear God speak
Method 2 (Listening)—Savouring God’s words
Method 3 (Questioning)—Asking Questions
Method 4 (Imagining)—Being there
Method 5 (Analysing)—Travelling to Corinth
Bible study journal
Prayer—receiving God’s power
Column 1—Dying to my sinful nature
Column 2—Baptised by the Spirit: for daily transformation
Column 3—Baptised by the Spirit: for daily mission
Column 4—Thanks & Praise
Columns 1-4—Praying God’s words
Mission—revealing God’s glory
Joining God’s work 1—How God reveals His glory
Joining God’s work 2—Becoming: Life in God’s school
Joining God’s work 3—Becoming: Pruning
Joining God’s work 4—Doing: Adventures in service
Joining God’s work 5—Doing: Building spiritual friendships