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Introducing EQUIP

By Pastor Ben Hiwale

Do you want to go deeper in your understanding of God’s word? Do you want to live authentically as a true disciple of Jesus Christ? At Koinonia Fellowship, our desire is to foster a church community where believers can belong, grow and serve. On Tuesday, September 12 we will launch Equip - a series of in-depth, classroom-style courses that will strengthen your faith and challenge you to pray, engage, and share the truth of the gospel with those around you. 

EQUIP is Koinonia’s plan to strengthen God’s people in faith and prepare them to become mature disciples, who are then effective in making disciples. EQUIP courses will challenge you to go deeper in your understanding of God’s word and live authentically as a true disciple!

In terms of spiritual formation, the scriptures point to the need for building intimacy with God, building Christ-honoring relationships, discovering and utilizing one’s spiritual gifts, and discovering and utilizing one’s witness. As those things are cultivated in someone’s life spiritually, we believe that it will help them to repeatedly and faithfully identify, pray, engage, and share the truth of the gospel with people that God has put them around geographically and in their sphere of influence (work, family, friends, etc). EQUIP courses are about equipping you for life and ministry.

Our mission is to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ. How do we do this? EQUIP courses are grouped together in distinct tracks designed to interact with each critical area of spiritual growth:

Spiritual Life

Marriage and Family

Missions/World Religions

Evangelism

Financial Stewardship

Worship

Prayer

Leadership

Apologetics

Bible Study Methods

Why Equip?

We as a church have desired to be intentional about “equipping saints for the work of the ministry” (Ephesians 4:12). Koinonia Fellowship is a church community where believers can: Belong, Grow and Serve "the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.” (Colossians 1:28) We desire that God “...equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:21) 

Many may think that the term “disciple” refers only to the early followers of Christ. We know that they were a praying, worshipping, loving, giving, and evangelizing group of men and women who refused to keep the truth of the gospel to themselves. Yet, God still desires disciples today—ordinary people like you and me whom God can use to do extraordinary things. The Christian experience of the believers in the first-century church may seem radical to many in the church today, but to those early believers, it was normal Christianity. And these men and women—empowered and motivated by the Holy Spirit—turned their world upside down for the sake of Christ. In short, they were true disciples of Jesus Christ. 

The Scriptures give us this basis for discipleship:

Titus 2:4 — Older women are to train younger women.

2 Timothy 2:2 — Paul trained Timothy to train others to train others.

Ephesians 6:4 — Fathers are to train their children.

Matthew 28:20 — Missionaries are to teach the nations everything Jesus commanded.

Hebrews 3:13 — All Christians are to exhort each other every day to avoid sin and to stir each other up to love and good works. (See also Hebrews 10:24–25.)

1 Peter 4:10 — All Christians are to use their gifts to serve others.

Acts 18:24–26 — Priscilla and Aquila, on the spur of the moment it seems, explained the way of God more accurately to Apollos.

Every Christian should be helping unbelievers become believers by showing them Christ. That will then enable them to become disciples, since every Christian should be helping other believers grow to more and more maturity. That is making a disciple. And every Christian should be seeking to get help for themselves from others to keep on growing. That is also our discipleship. And every church should think through how all of these kinds of biblical disciple-making find expression in their corporate life.  

You love God, and you want to follow Him. Now you have to choose:

• To live for yourself or to deny yourself.

• To ignore the cross or to take it up.

• To seek to save your life and ultimately lose it, or to lose (or invest) your life and ultimately find it.

• To gain the world or to forsake the world.

• To lose your soul or to keep it.

 

How to Choose a Class

Since we will be offering many courses from which you can choose, many people find it challenging to decide which classes they should take. Here is our recommended approach:

Determine your available schedule. 

Review the available classes.

Decide which course or courses match your spiritual need.

CLASS Commitments

Remember, EQUIP is intentionally a classroom setting and you are taking a course on a given subject. Because our classes rely heavily on discussion and community, we ask participants to commit to the following before signing up. Space is limited, so please do not take a spot in a class if you cannot:

Attend the first class of the semester.

Attend at least 80% of the class meetings. For most classes this will mean missing no more than one class.

Each course may have additional requirements to enable you to get the most out of the semester.

If you have any questions about these requirements, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

In September, we are introducing our first course under EQUIP, which will be “Evangelism: Proclamation and Conversation”. Perhaps you have wanted to know how to proclaim the gospel to unsaved family, friends, colleagues, or strangers, but when the opportunity presented itself, you did not know what to do. This course on Proclamation and Conversation Evangelism is going to help you overcome those fears and give you tools and practical experience to get started. This course begins September 12, 2017 and ends October 14, 2017. More information is available in the Welcome Center and online.

 



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