Why this topic?
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
This semester we will focus on the renewal of our minds. What does it mean to think “Christianly”? How does following Jesus change the way we see the world, make decisions and think about our lives? How do we properly understand the Scriptures and the role they are meant to play in our everyday lives? How do we take the truth of Scripture and apply it to the particularities of our life and an ever-changing world? To what extent are we expected to process these kinds of questions on our own versus in community? These are the kinds of questions we will address together throughout this course.
Put another way, this semester is about breaking barriers of biblical illiteracy, lack of wisdom for everyday life and the self-isolation which so often dominates our decision-making.
What will be the content and structure of our sessions?
The course itself will bear considerable resemblance to our structure last semester. While informed by many different sources/curricula, the content will be produced uniquely for Jacob’s Well. It will be biblically-based and focused on providing practical exercises to help take the content from the table into everyday life.
How will tables be organized this time around?
We want to continue doing our best to honor the relationships many of you have cultivated, whether in CCGs or through our Discipleship Course. On the sign-up form, you will be able to request to be seated with one or two individuals or couples with whom you have an existing relationship. You may be placed with other individuals from your CCG as well, and we hope that discussion and relationships will grow as we build new relationships and deepen existing ones.
What about the alternate Sunday morning course?
We will once again offer a Sunday morning session from 8:15-9:45am for those unable to attend Wednesday nights. As with last year, we would strongly urge everyone to make Wednesday nights work as that will be a much more comprehensive experience of the course. Given the lack of external curriculum for this semester, we will likely be using video of the Wednesday night content for the Sunday morning session each week with an in-person facilitator guiding the rest of the time.
Will childcare be provided?
We want to help make Discipleship Course as accessible as possible for families. Childcare will be provided for both Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. When you sign up, please indicate your childcare needs on the provided form so we can plan childcare accordingly.
What if I have to miss a week?
We are asking for a commitment over the course of these eight weeks. Each night will focus on a different topic that builds on the previous week’s content and discussion. We know that work and life commitments may be filling up your calendar. We would ask that if you are signing up for the course, you are able to commit to at least six weeks out of the eight. If you would like to see the content for any weeks you may miss, please reach out to Rachel at email@example.com.
How does this fit into our larger plan for discipleship as a church?
Over a three-year period (Fall 2018 – Spring 2021), we have set out to equip our church with a Biblically faithful and deeply transformative, shared experience of discipleship. Over these three years, we are attempting to truly break personal, relational and cultural barriers that keep us from encountering Jesus together in life-changing ways. Our hope is that this shared experience will provide a foundation for effective discipleship pathways for years to come at Jacob’s Well.