Discipleship Level I: Foundations – Essential Beliefs and Practices for the Christian Life
The durability of any structure depends on the integrity and strength of its foundation. With this truth in mind, we seek to establish the basic doctrines and practices for a healthy Christian life in this introductory level. Of primary importance, we emphasize the basic contours of the gospel through the plan of salvation. Each graduate of this course should be able to pray with another person to receive Christ; know the basic events and characters of the Bible; and begin a regular routine of personal prayer and scripture study.
We address such doctrines as the nature of God; the trinity; the divinity and humanity of Christ; and the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. We discuss such important spiritual disciplines as prayer, fasting, meditation on scripture, worship and participation in the life of the church. We introduce baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and provide an overview of the books, events, and characters of the Bible. Finally, we discuss how to share our faith with others.