The Course objective is to preach the plain, authentic Gospel.From the outset, it places great emphasis on convincing the students of the relevance and the authority of the Bible using compelling arguments and contemporary facts. By the end of Session Two the students usually have a very positive and curious attitude towards the Bible. This dramatically changes the course dynamics. As they begin to believe the Bible is the Word of God, a new sobriety settles on the hearers. The Bible has their undivided attention.
It is a sustainable goal for church planters, churches and students alike The course runs for just five weeks, which can be easily fitted into any church calendar, avoiding unnecessary conflict with other ‘in-house’ activities. Individuals considering attending are more likely to enrol as it only requires short-term commitment. Consequently, the majority of students last the course. Once church personnel are familiar with how to run the course, it can be presented live in an appropriate hall, in a smaller group setting or in a private home using DVD’s.
The course appeals to individuals from all walks of life Historically, the target audience has been extensive. It has worked well across a broad age group, spanning mature young adults through to active 60+ year-olds. Whilst the course is designed for ‘thinkers’ it is by no means solely for the academically minded. It also targets the sincere and honest, ‘church goers’ and ‘God-fearers’ who try to live by their conscience and ‘sinners’ who know they’ve messed up but are ready to listen. Its aim is to make God’s timeless message relevant
People damaged by life’s experiences or those facing trauma find new hope. Even opened-minded sceptics can be won over by the cumulative evidence presented. Such individuals are in everyone’s sphere of influence.
The course is also suitable for a Christian’s own personal growth. It is recommended that Christians accompany their invitees to the course, because they automatically reap great benefits themselves. It is also relevant for Christian ‘transfers’ who have not been exposed to the basic teachings of the Bible. High on God’s agenda too, are the ‘prodigals’ who desperately need restoring to Christ. It is an ideal route back to God. Finally, it is an invaluable resource for trainee leaders and those involved in local outreach..
‘Persuasion evangelism’ is a Biblical model to win people for Christ The apostle Paul consistently used this method (see Acts 18:13, 19:8). The course material employs the same principle, validating the claims of the Bible with a combination of biblical evidence and secular facts. However, it doesn’t sidestep contemporary issues and struggles of life, but rather identifies them and offers individuals clear, biblical counsel.
Visually impacting PowerPoint presentations hold the students attention The course is a ‘no-frills,’ thematic approach to the life-changing message of the Bible. Presented with compelling, PowerPoint visuals, the five modular teachings take the students on a progressive, step-by-step journey to their final destination: ‘How to experience a brand new life.’ This means of communication has proven to be highly effective. It engages the audience by reinforcing key points and evidence, statistically increasing retention by over 30%!
‘Focused’ interactive discussion groups girl homegroup Each session concludes with facilitator-led discussion groups meeting for the last 20-30 minutes. This is not is an open forum; instead, students are invited to answer three simple but focused questions based on the session talk. In this way, the group doesn’t get diverted but stays on track. If genuine questions are asked and remain unanswered they are recorded and a Question and Answers forum is arranged at the end of the course.
Three homework modules further reiterate the session material The purpose of homework is to familiarise the students with the Bible and allow the Word to speak for itself. Designed to be within everyone’s reach, it essentially requires ‘filling in the blank’ Bible verses and if they wish, commenting on what they’ve learned. Usually, the students are excited to share their findings in their discussion groups! It is really important that the facilitators and Christians do their homework too! Leading by example is what non-believers need to see.
5. New birth
The course presents one principle theme - new birth The course objective focuses on the primary aim of the ‘Gospel’ - biblical conversion. Its premise is that people need to be converted first, before they can grow as Christians. If they do make that decision, they are recommended to enrol on the sequel, Foundations Course.
This is a follow-up course for converts and outlines the basic beliefs and practices of the Bible that are vital for living a productive Christian life. It is unique in that it includes the elementary teachings recorded in Hebrews 6:1-2
By the end of the course each individual knows the full implications of the gospel.This involves making a considered, lifelong commitment to God. It means making a personal choice to turn from their old life and follow Christ’s teachings, which are the basis for true biblical discipleship.
The guarantee is a fulfilled life - for this life and the life to come. Of course, God is the source of all success in every aspect of the work of the Gospel, but experience has proven that when we preach the ‘unvarnished’ Gospel, we reap a harvest that lasts the course of time!
7. Transferable teachings
An exciting aspect of the Course is that it is a ‘transferable concept!’
The apostle Paul referred to a ‘pattern of teachings’, which he considered foundational in all his churches. It was these vital doctrines that Paul used to mentor Timothy. As his life was drawing to a close, he instructed Timothy to ‘entrust (them) to reliable men.’ This resulted in the quantitative and qualitative growth of the early church. (1 Corinthians 4:17, Philippians 3:17; 2 Timothy 1:13-14; 2:2)