You're part of something larger than your own life.
Advance in Faith Level 1, consists of 8 units that are designed to help believers grow in an understanding of scripture and faith, and learn how Christian principles apply to modern day life.
You're part of something larger than your own life.
We'll look at the authority Jesus has, as both a human being and divine.
What is the Bible? What does it say about itself? What did Jesus say about Scripture? How do we use it?
Why does prayer matter? How does prayer work? How does God answer prayer? How and when do we pray?
Who is Holy Spirit? What did Holy Spirit do in Bible times, and what does he do today?
Christian community is founded on allegiance to Jesus. He renews the way we think, so we love one another.
In whose story are we living?
How does the Old Testament describe the story of God's people?
The Good News of Jesus is the heart of the Christian story.
Where is our story headed? Our hope is for Christ's return, and our resurrection.
Help us find the words to express the Good News of Jesus in our culture.
What is the gospel? What gospel did Jesus preach? What could we learn from the earliest know formulation of the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-8)?
We seek to understanding Jesus in his setting, with the terms he used to describe himself and his work.
Why did Jesus prefer to label himself "the son of man" -- a phrase that means human? What did he think humans should be doing, and how did he plan to do it differently than other humans?
We look at Jesus' teaching as found in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). What was Jesus calling God's people to be and do? And how did Jesus himself embody his teaching?
Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem has huge significance. He rides into his capital to the adulation of the crowds, and overturns the temple. What was he doing?
Why did Jesus die? How did he understand what his death meant? What changed when he rose from the dead?
How is Jesus present and at work today? How do we partner with him?
Who is Holy Spirit? How do we encounter him? How his his presence with us different than it was in Old Testament times?
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to his followers (John 14-16), and his first act after ascending the throne was to empower his followers with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1-2).
How do we life a life that produces what the Spirit intends (his fruit) instead of expressing our broken humanity (Galatians 5)? What does this life in the Spirit look like (Romans 8)?
What would it look like to use the gifts of the Spirit (as listed in 1 Corinthians 12) to care for each other?
Holy Spirit empowers us to partner with God in caring for people. His gifts include prophecy, distinguishing spirits, tongues, and interpretation.
God is a relational being (three in one). See how they treat each other, e.g. Father and Son, Son and Spirit. They're the best dance moves ever! Join the dance.
Faith is essential to life, so what is it? How do we identify it?
Faith in ...? How do we know who God is and what to trust him for?
What are the things the build up (or break down) or faith?
What's the connection between what you say and what you believe?
What's the connection between faith and works?
What is the supernatural? How does faith function as a gift of the Holy Spirit?
What are the spiritual disciplines, and how do they help us grow?
Bible study and prayer are the most foundational ways to grow spiritually. Learn how to do these things well.
What is fasting? What does the Bible say about it? Why fast? How does Christian meditation differ from meditation in other religions? How do we practice mediation?
How can living simply enrich our lives? How can refusing to dominate others enrich our sense of community?
You find life not is isolation but in community, with guidance from God and from trusted people. Authentic living means being honest with God and with each other, even about our mistakes.
The final three spiritual disciplines we discuss are: serving God and others, developing rhythms of time with God in solitude, and living to bring honour to God.
Understanding what informs the personality and wiring of a leader. Examining Scripture and self to identify our “sovereign foundations.”
Identifying Biblical approaches to handling shame, vulnerability and success as leaders. How does God call us to process these things as leaders?
Discovering the unique strengths and shape of our leadership makeup.
How does God shape us through times of trail, failure and pain in our leadership environments? Understanding examples of ‘failed’ leadership in Scripture as stories of discipleship.
Equipping Christian leaders as practitioners of healthy conflict. Understanding conflict styles and how Biblical approaches to conflict resolution fit into our various leadership environments.
Discerning future trends of culture and capacity. What will leadership look like in the future and how can Christian leaders be equipped and mindful about the changing landscape?
Advance in Faith Level 2 is an inspiring series of 16 units, rotating through every 4 years designed to take participants deeper in their understanding of scripture, theology and Church history.
How should we approach the Book of Revelation? We look at the book in its original setting, and consider the four ways it is commonly interpreted. The first vision introduces the main character of the book: Jesus (Revelation 1).
Having met our king (Rev 1), John receives messages from the ruler to seven outposts of his kingdom (Rev 2-3). His next vision is of our magnificent sovereign who has the throne and rules of heaven and earth (Rev 4).
Those who acknowledge the Lamb celebrate his victory, while those who resisted him are removed (Rev 19-20). God's government sets everything right; everything he intended in the beginning is fulfilled in the end (Rev 21-22).
What’s the significance of approaching God as our Father? Jesus was God’s Son; are we included in that relationship?
Why do we pray for God’s name to be hallowed? What is God’s name? Isn’t it already holy?
What are we praying when we invite God’s kingdom to come? Can you imagine God’s will done on earth as it is in heaven? How can we live like that now, even when people still hurt us?
Does our daily bread cover all my needs? How should I expect God’s provision: so I can stockpile for my future, or so we’re dependent for fresh bread to share for each day?
We know we need God’s forgiveness, but why does Jesus make it conditional on whether we forgive others for the debts they’ve incurred to us? That’s not how the gospel works, is it?
Why do we ask God not to lead us into temptation? Surely God doesn’t want us to be tempted? What are we praying when we ask to be delivered from evil?
Influences in this period include Leo 1, Gregory the Great, and the Rise of Islam.
The good news travels from Asia Minor to Greece.
Why is caring for creation an essential part of Christian discipleship and basic to our human vocation?
How significant is the ecological crisis we face? What are the significant threats?
Exploring the spiritual,cultural, structural and systemic issues that need to be addressed in order to make meaningful changes to how we manage the environment as those mandated by God to steward creation.
What is the Biblical basis for environmental theology?
Guidance on how Christians can personally and practically participate in creation care.
Some guidance on personal and practical responses to the call to participate in creation care, engaging engage with the issues relating to the current environmental crisis and help provide solutions.
Ethics (often called moral philosophy) is the study of human morality and the application of that morality to contemporary life. Its concern is not only with what is right (morality) but also with doing what is right (moral application).
How is the Book of Psalms arranged? What kinds of Psalms do we find (genres)? Is there a central theme to the Psalms? What characteristics do we find in Hebrew songs that will help us understand them?
Psalm 2 introduces the king who represents God's reign on earth. What did this mean for Israel? What does it mean in light of Jesus? What does it mean for us today?
Psalm 8 describes the human vocation of managing creation on God's behalf. Psalm 22 is a lament: things are not running as they should. We look at what these Psalms would have meant for Israel, what the mean in light of the Christ, and what they mean for us today.
Psalms 45 and 89 describe the character of our heavenly sovereign. His character is fully revealed in his anointed ruler (the Christ).
Psalm 137 is a shocking reaction to the horror of the exile. Psalm 108 consists of verses from Psalms 57 and 60 recompiled after the exile into a new theme. We look at what these Psalms meant for Israel, what they mean in the light of Jesus, and what they mean for us today.
Psalm 145 is one of the concluding praise songs. What did it mean for Israel, in the light of Jesus, and for us today?
How is the New Testament put together? Who were the people who wrote these books, and what was their background? What are "Gospels"? Why are the first three similar? Who wrote the Gospel of John, and what message was he conveying?
Four perspectives on Genesis 1:
Responses to questions texted in on the night.