We believe that Christian discipleship is a holistic endeavor, as our faith impacts every aspect of our life. At the very center of any "school of discipleship” is Christ in the gospel, the power that gives the life of God to all who believe in him. The gospel is the free gift of God's grace possessed by faith in Christ alone. It is the discovery of being set free from the fear of divine and human condemnation, while transforming our relationships, our work, and our worship! The Gospel is nothing less than the "power of God unto salvation!"
Many of the following are classes taught at CPC, but they can be read independently and are a great resource for personal study.
Level I: Christian Basics
Gospel Christianity I: This is an introduction to the heart of Christian belief. Who is Jesus? Why did he die? How do we change?
Christianity Explored: One life, what’s it all about? Using material from Christianity Explored Ministries, these videos and studies introduce us to Christianity through the Gospel of Mark.
The Apostles' Creed: Discover the bedrock of Christian faith in this ancient creed. These studies are a companion to the book We Believe by Michael Horton.
Level II: Christian Foundations
Church History Turning Points: This course highlights the decisive moments in the history of Christianity. The broad-brush approach allows us a unique perspective on God’s work through history.
Total Christ Spirituality: The term “Total Christ” originates from the 5th century pastor-theologian St. Augustine, who described the relationship of Christ’s incarnational ministry (past) to his ongoing ascension ministry (present) as “the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us; to that flesh is joined the church, and there is made total Christ, both head and body.” This study walks through the ways this concept frames our faith and practice.
Gospel in Life: How is the gospel lived out in your heart, in your community, and in your world? This study, designed by Redeemer City to City, contains elements of video, Bible study, and discussion questions.
Level III: Christian Witness and Service
Confessional Theology: A rich study of theological doctrines, this class is a great introduction to what we believe the Bible teaches.
Introduction to Spiritual Leadership: The dynamics of spiritual leadership and the skills of a spiritual leader.
Church History: The Early Years, explore the history and theology of the early church up to the 5th century. More than a dry record of dates and places, History II will focus on biographies of key figures in the formational period of Christianity. The course is designed to emphasize how relevant this period is to our needs today.
Church History: The Reformation: The Protestant Reformation was a spiritual revival and call to reform. It is a period that offers valuable lessons for the modern church. Like History II, History III will use biographies to guide us through this time period.
Church History: The American Journey: This period of revival and expansion continues to inspire, challenge and influence the church today. We will focus on 9 key moments, using short videos by engaging scholars followed by pastor-led discussion.
Apologetics and Evangelism: How do we give a reason for the hope that is within us? These classes teach us both the theology and practice of sharing our faith.
Missionary Encounters of Other Faiths: A study like this is practical and relevant in addressing how to enter into a dialogue with friends and neighbors of other faiths. This series seeks to encourage us and strengthen us in our trust in the gospel, while learning about, and even learning from, those different from us.
Level IV: Christian Leadership
Shepherd Leader Training I Total Christ Ecclesiology: In depth training for those aspiring to the role of Elder or WLB.
Shepherd Leader Training II Total Christ Life-on-Life Discipleship: In depth training for those aspiring to the role of Elder or WLB.
Lay Counseling: The gospel has the power to transform every aspect of our lives. We believe that every counseling issue is spiritual as well as biological and social. This class is part of a holistic approach to helping hurting people.
Bible Interpretation: An introduction to reading, understanding, and applying scripture.
Heresies: The real life impact of theology gone bad.
Great Books of Christian Discipleship I: More than a book review, these are studies of theological topics guided by exceptional books on the subject.
Great Books of Christian Discipleship II: More than a book review, these are studies of practical topics guided by exceptional books on the subject.
Christian Spirituality: The habits of a biblical spirituality.
Prayer: Topics on prayer from a few great resources
Covenantal Parenting: Apply the gospel to your parenting, while instilling a covenantal framework to raising your children.
When Life is a Work of Art: Work, by its very nature, is "Art" as it relates to God's callings.
Missional Ecclesiology: Reformed understanding of church and mission.