“ And Jared lived after he begat Enoch eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters . . .”
WHY CAN’T I FIND GOOD METHODIST STUDY MATERIALS?
FIRST: To fulfill the Scriptural mandate to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to those who are lost and apart from God, and to then disciple them (teach them to observe) in all things taught by the Lord in the Scriptures. ( Matthew 28: 20 ) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. SECOND: To teach sound doctrines to those believers who are so inclined to study to show themselves approved unto God as workmen who need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth ( 2 Timothy 2: 15 ). Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. THIRD: To train those so gifted by the Spirit to be teachers, who for various reasons cannot attend institutes of higher learning, that they may be qualified to teach Sunday School, Bible studies, and home cell-group studies, as the opportunity arises. ( 1 Timothy 2: 2 ) And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. FOURTH: To equip all believers who will submit themselves to the Lord to be more effective witnesses of the good news of Jesus Christ, that salvation has come, and sin need no more rule in the life of man…salvation by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ. ( 1 John 1: 1-3 ) That which was from the beginning . . . declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Laying the Foundation is a foundational Bible doctrine study Building on the Foundation is an advanced Bible doctrine study Becoming an Effective Witness is a guide for witnessing Available later in 2009: A Study of the Christ is a study on the doctrine of Christ from creation to consummation
Year One - 101 Laying the Foundation - God's Answer To Your Questions 3 CEUs Year One - 102 Building on the Foundation - Understanding God's Revelation 3 CEUs Year One - 103 Becoming an Effective Witness - How Do I Tell Them? 3 CEUs Year One - 104 A Study of the Christ - Jesus from Creation to Consummation 3 CEUs Year Two - 201 Free To Serve God - Answering the Call To Christian Service 3 CEUs Year Two - 202 The Holy Spirit - His Work, His Gifts, His Fruit 3 CEUs Year Two - 203 Ministering to the Hurting - Ministry in Action 3 CEUs Year Two - 204 The Two Great Commandments - Relationships with God & Man 3 CEUs Year Three - 301 Understanding the Bible - Bible Survey and Bible Study Methods 3 CEUs Year Three - 302 Major World Religions and Christian Cults - A Basic Overview 3 CEUs Year Three - 303 Survey of Christian Education - Growing in Grace and Knowledge 3 CEUs Year Three - 304 Biblical Systematics - A Structured Approach to God's Word 3 CEUs Year Four - 401 A Review of Church History - Early Church through 20th Century 3 CEUs Year Four - 402 John Wesley - His Life, Ministry, and Doctrines 3 CEUs Year Four - 403 Biblical Ethics - Doing What Is Right (In Every Situation) 3 CEUs Year Four - 404 Preparing & Delivering a Sermon (laity - choose course from Year 5 or 6)) 3 CEUs Year Five - 501 The Pastor/Teacher - His Personal Life and Public Work 3 CEUs Year Five - 502 Character Studies in Leadership - How to Lead God's People 3 CEUs Year Five - 503 Concepts of Church Growth - Home Missions & Church Planting 3 CEUs Year Five - 504 Free Electives - various .5 or 1 CEU programs available 3 CEUs Year Six - 601 Understanding Our Wesleyan Heritage - Where We Are Today 3 CEUs Year Six - 602 A Theology of Missions - Reaching the World for Christ 3 CEUs Year Six - 603 Biblical Counseling - Applying Scriptural Truth to Personal Life 3 CEUs Year Six - 604 Free Electives - Various Denominational Programs & Requirements 3 CEUs
Ten Biblical Reasons to have the LOLM Bible and Ministry Training Program Available for Your Local Church 1. To help believers become “approved unto God” through the study of the Word. ( 2 Tim 2:15 ) 2. To increase one’s faith through the hearing and understanding of the Word. ( Rom 10:17 ) 3. To grow in the grace and knowledge of our God by diligently seeking Him. ( Heb 11:6 ) 4. To gain victory over sin by hiding His Word in our hearts. ( Psalm 119:11 ) 5. To learn how to effectively use the Sword of the Spirit in our spiritual warfare. ( Eph 6:17 ) 6. To have the gift of the Holy Spirit “stirred up” within us and used within the church. ( 2 Tim 1:6 ) 7. To prepare the saints for the work of the ministry for the edifying of the Body. ( Eph 4:12 ) 8. To train believers to apply their faith through practical works. ( James 2:18-26 ) 9. To bring Christians into the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ( Eph 4:2-4 ) 10. To teach conservative Bible believing Christians our Christian heritage (who we are), our Wesleyan-Arminian doctrines (what we believe), and most importantly our Biblical foundations (why we believe as we do). ( I Pet 3:15 )
Currently there are at least six additional centers that should be open by Summer 2010.
<ul><li>How the Small Group Study Will Benefit Believers and the Church </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose of the Small Group is to aid Christians in their personal walk with God. </li></ul><ul><li>2. It will be an efficient and effective method of reaching people for Christ (evangelism –proclaiming the Gospel). </li></ul><ul><li>3. It will be effective in discipling people into Christian maturity (education – teaching them to observe). </li></ul><ul><li>4. It will provide for the immediate need in the Southern Methodist Church to initiate growth </li></ul><ul><li>in existing churches and to plant new works across the country. </li></ul><ul><li>5. It will help provide for the financial needs of the Southern Methodist Church on the local and the General Conference level. </li></ul><ul><li>6. It is anticipated that during this process the local church will grow as new believers and </li></ul><ul><li>those previously unchurched will seek a place to worship. </li></ul>