Essentials Classes are designed to provide a foundation for a life of discipleship and mission.
These first three classes will cover the basics of Christian identity and practices.
ESSENTIALS GOSPEL FLUENCY
FEB. 9 | 9AM-12:30PM
Essentials Gospel Fluency Class we will explore what it means to live out a Gospel Identity as well as how to cultivate a more personal relationship with God, moving beyond simply knowing about God into truly knowing God.
GOSPEL FLUENCY AND THE STORY OF GOD
MAR. 9 | 9AM-12:30PM
Gospel Fluency is learning how to interpret all of life through the lens of the gospel and the new identities it gives us. What we mean by “gospel” is the entirety of the Story of God. Gospel fluency is the ability to see your story (your identity and conflicts) within the narrative of God’s story.
ESSENTIALS GOSPEL FLUENCY
APR. 6 | 9AM-12:30PM
This Essentials Class will serve to equip you in cultivating healthy relationships, living with a missional heart that is focused on making disciples, and exercising wisdom in managing the abilities, resources, and opportunities that God entrusts to you.
GOSPEL FLUENCY CLASS
Read Gospel Fluency Teaching Notes by Pastor JR Vassar. Journal a response to each identity that is yours in Christ.
Read “What does it mean to find your identity in Christ” by Gavin Ortlund. Journal your response.
Read The World We all Want Gospel Presentation until you have internalized it.
Practice presenting The World We All Want using the icons we have created. Practice with a spouse, friend, or child. Do it numerous times until you are comfortable presenting it.
Read Gospel Fluency and the Story of God by Pastor JR Vassar (Second Session notes).
THE WORLD WE ALL WANT ICONS
WATCH THE GOSPEL FLUENCY CLASS ONLINE BELOW
FEBRUARY 9 | CLASS 1
MARCH 9 | CLASS 2
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO ARE THE ESSENTIALS CLASSES FOR?
We have designed Essentials Classes to help anyone grow in the most critical disciplines required to faithfully follow Jesus, invest in others, and meaningfully contribute to his mission. Our hope is that every person who calls Church at the Cross home would go through Essentials Classes.
WHAT DOES THE ESSENTIAL CLASS SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE?
Essentials Classes are teaching and training environments that meet from 9am - noon on Saturdays. The three upcoming classes are February 9, March 9, and April 6 and are led by a pastor or elder.
WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL CLASS REQUIREMENTS?
You will be given assignments that include tasks like journaled responses to short articles and videos as well as prayer and scripture exercises. The assignments keep Essentials from simply becoming an exercise in receiving information and more of a true teaching and training initiative.
WHAT WILL MY CHILDREN BE DOING DURING THE CLASSES?
For anyone taking the Essentials Classes we will provide both childcare for birth through 2-year-olds, as well as age appropriate “Essential Kids” for 3-year-olds - 5th grade. Our Children’s Ministry will be providing teaching and training for our children using materials that loosely connect to the materials you will be learning in Essentials. We see this as a real opportunity for families to be discipled and shaped together, growing our faith alongside one another. We want this to be a helpful and meaningful discipleship opportunity for your children as well as for you.