Contend is not a new Connect Group, rather an opportunity for Christians to attend topical sessions that will be taught throughout the semester. If there is a topic of interest, you can drop in for just that Sunday. Likewise, if you’re interested in everything on the list then stay for the whole thing!
Did you know that Christians are called to love God with their mind? All throughout scripture, God entreats his people to go deeper, to love wisdom, to embrace knowledge and understanding, and to be ready to articulate the truths of the faith in season and out of season. This is no small calling! But with time and effort, a disciple of Christ can apply one’s self and learn the truths of God.
To help people along this journey, Swift Creek is now offering Contend—a two-year curriculum spread out over four semesters developed and taught by members of Swift Creek.
The team has worked tirelessly to help present the truth of God in a way that even new believers can understand without sacrificing depth. It is sure to challenge the most mature Christians to go deeper in their faith. Each semester has a different theme: Define, Delineate, Defend, Deliver.
DEFINE SCHEDULE (FALL 2017)
Sunday Mornings at 11am in Building C
Some people see “doctrine” as a dirty word – something that is contentious and divisive. At the same time, doctrine is what unites believers around causes. What we believe about salvation affects how we will do mission work. What Christians believe about the church will determine how they organize themselves. There are numerous doctrines in the Christian faith with boundless implications on how you live your life. Understanding these doctrines is the foundation to a richer and deeper faith. Click the title of past lessons to download a pdf of the notes from that session.
What is Theology?
Define the discipline of theology and how theology impacts everything the church does.
Doctrine of the Bible
Understand the importance of the Bible and how it supports all aspects of the beliefs and practices of the church.
Doctrine of God
Define theology, the Holy Trinity, God the Father in the Trinity, and his work in the world.
Doctrine of Jesus
Comprehend the second person of the Trinity: Jesus—his deity, humanity, office, and work.
Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Understand the third member of the Trinity: the Holy Spirit, his deity, and work.
Doctrine of Creation
Study about the doctrine of divine creation and how this frames the redemption story.
Doctrine of Man
Learn the nature of man, how God created man and woman as image bearers of God, and how we are unique creations—distinct from all others.
Doctrine of Sin
Study the fall of man and its effects on man, man’s relationship with God, and God’s relationship with the world.
Doctrine of Salvation
Learn about the process of salvation including the topics of sin, grace, calling, regeneration, conversion, justification, and sanctification.
Doctrine of The Church: Baptism & Lord’s Supper
Learn about the various modes of baptism used in Christian churches, views on the Lord’s Supper, and why Baptists do what they do.
Doctrine of The Church: Spiritual Gifts
Holy Spirit gives every believer spiritual gifts. Learn about these gifts and how they can be used to build and edify the church.
Doctrine of The Church: Church Polity
Learn the different views of church polity, church offices, and the how ministry is organized and carried out in the church.
Doctrine of Angels
Understand the role of angels, their relationship to God and man, and their roles in service to God.
Doctrine of Satan & Demons
Learn about the origin of Satan and his minions and how they work in the world as enemies of God.
Doctrine of Prayer and Miracles
Understand the nature of prayer and miracles, their purpose, and how they work.
Doctrine of End Times
Understand the issues surrounding the end times and how this impacts the urgency of missions and ministry in the present.