Purpose of Equip Classes
At FBC Sparta, we engage in the discipleship process to bring believers to spiritual maturity in Christ for the glory of God. To fulfill the great commission, we evangelize, establish, equip & export. Discipleship occurs through life on life mentoring and through corporate gatherings. In part fulfillment of this goal, we are offering Equip Classes. Equip classes are smaller gatherings on Wednesday nights that are meant to help believers grow in their knowledge and application of the Scriptures. We are offering the following 5 classes:
A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracted World (curriculum: Paul Miller)
Prayer is so hard that unless circumstances demand it—an illness, or saying grace at a meal—most of us simply do not pray. We prize accomplishments and productivity over time in prayer. Even Christians experience this prayerlessness—a kind of practical unbelief that leaves us marked by fear, anxiety, joylessness, and spiritual lethargy. Prayer is all about relationship. Based on the popular seminar by the same name, A praying life has discipled thousands of Christians to a vibrant prayer life full of joy and power. In A Praying Life, author Paul Miller lays out a pattern for living in relationship with God and includes helpful habits and approaches to prayer that enable us to return to a childlike faith.
Course Instructor: Jon Rushing
Course Location: First Worship House
Church History: Hades’ Gates Won’t Prevail (curriculum: Mark Dever)
This course is designed for the person who has never studied Church History as well as for the person who has some background in the subject. It is intended to provide an overview and exploration of the major movements and developments of the Church from its first day until now. Major events, places, people, and theological developments will be identified and discussed in the context of world history. How all this history connects to the shape, conduct, and identity of the Church and of Christians today will be a key question that will be front and center throughout the entire course.
Course Instructor: Tom Strong
Course Location: WWW S.S. Classroom
Financial Peace University (Dave Ramsey)
Learn to be a good steward of your financial resources for the glory of God. FPU is a money-management course taught by America’s most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more. Using Biblical wisdom and helpful application, this video based/interactive course will help you (&/or your spouse) bring this area of your life under the Lordship of Christ.
Course Facilitator: Harold Walker
Course Location: Library
Course Kit: $100 (scholarships available upon request)
Getting to the Heart of Parenting (Paul Tripp)
Parenting is hard, but there are few things in life that rise to this level of importance. God has chosen parents to be primary instruments in the shaping of a human soul. So often we get it wrong by using power to get our children to behave in certain ways. We establish laws and then play the role of police officer and judge. As Paul Tripp explains, parenting is so much deeper than rules and regulations. A biblical view teaches that parenting is all about the exposure and change of a child’s heart. Permanent behavioral change only occurs when the heart of a person is changed by grace. Getting to the Heart of Parenting covers principles of grace for children 0-5, 6-12, and 13-18. Learn how to become an instrument of heart-changing grace in the lives of your children. This course will be part video based and part interaction.
Course Facilitators: Brad & Elicia Walker/Ryan & Samantha Heady
Course Location: Fellowship Hall
Exploring the Heart of God (Dr. Joel Johnson’s study through Scripture)
An in depth look at two major doctrines in the Bible: The Doctrine of God & The Doctrine of Man. We will look at how they relate to the Christian’s spiritual journey through life. Emphasis will be placed on “…rightly dividing the word of truth…” in order to discern the divine Personality’s perspective, as well as, purpose in creation, and man’s pilgrimage toward perfection; it will be an exciting adventure exploring the Bible to discover God’s gerund, gender, & great generosity!
Course Instructor: Joel Johnson
Course Location: The Sowers S.S. Classroom