We believe there is certain basic information, knowledge, and life-skills every Christ-follower needs to grow, so we’ve put together a set of courses designed to help you grow in relationship with God and others. We call these courses ESSENTIALS because they focus on the top subjects we believe are essential for our growth.

Essentials Courses

Pursuing God

This is the first course in our “Essentials” track of our Growth Path. Most Christians know it’s important to spend time with God one-on-one, but often have not discovered a way to make it work in their lives. In this course we will be exploring different approaches to Bible study and prayer, how to interpret the Bible in context, how to hear God’s voice, how to pursue spiritual disciplines, how God has wired us differently, and the impact this has on how we spend time with Him.

Loving People

Most Christians know that one of our highest callings in life is to learn how to love people in the same way God loves us. But we often don’t know how to do this in real life. The good news is that the New Testament is full of practical advice and illustrations on what this looks like. So in this course, we are going to be learning how to do relationships in a whole new way –the Jesus way. We will be covering a wide variety of topics including what true love looks like, how our character impacts relationships, the importance of dealing with our past, how to grow in authenticity, how to communicate, forgive and work through conflict in healthy ways, and much, much more.

Serving Sacrificially

We believe God has created each of us for a purpose and shaped us to carry out that purpose by giving us a unique set of spiritual gifts, passions, natural abilities, personality, and life experiences. In this course we will study what the Bible teaches about our core identity as servants of Christ, and we will explore how God has uniquely shaped each of us to serve and make a difference. We will be using several different testing instruments to discover how God has wired you including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, The Wagner Spiritual Gifts Test and the StrengthsFinder assessment.

Sharing Christ

Most Christ-followers want to have a greater influence in helping others come to Christ, but we are not always sure how to do it. And sometimes, we’ve had bad or awkward experiences trying to share Christ in the past. The purpose of this course is to help us learn how to build relationships with non-believers and share the message of Jesus in a way that is natural, authentic, and fits our different personalities. We also explore some of the most commonly asked questions and objections people have when we talk about spiritual issues.

Financial Freedom

This course uses the curriculum of nationally-known author and radio talk show host Dave Ramsey called Financial Peace University. In this series you will learn how to eliminate debt, save for the future, invest for retirement, select the right insurance, deal with collection agencies, plan for college, find a career you love, grow in your generosity, and more. This biblically-based course has been taken by over one million families.

The Message

This course will provide an introduction and overview of the whole Bible – both Old and New Testaments. The goal of this course is not to make you an expert on the Bible but to help you understand how it fits together so you feel comfortable studying it on your own.

Knowing God

This course is an overview of basic systematic theology that will introduce you to the major topics of the Bible and prepare you for a lifetime of growth in your understanding of who God is, who we are, and how our relationship works.

Reasons to Believe

This course is an introductory overview of Christian apologetics and the reasonableness of the Christian faith. We will cover topics dealing with God’s existence, the reliability of the Bible, the resurrection of Jesus, the problem of evil, and some of the common objections to Christianity.

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