Christian maturity is the aim of every believer and the goal is to reach "the very height of Christ's full stature" (Ephesians 4:13). In this 192-page course, Rick Howard teaches that although we cannot become completely like Christ, we are to reach for this highest of goals that the Bible sets for us, since this will enable us to achieve greater success in life and ministry.
The Kingdom, the Power and the Glory
The New Testament, the new agreement that God made with humanity through His Son, Jesus Christ, is the subject of this course written by Jean-Baptiste Sawadogo and Marcia Munger. This survey of the New Testament brings a realization that God speaks authoritatively to the church and the world today, just as He did in the New Testament and throughout the course of history. The information contained in this course will help provide a fuller understanding of New Testament truths and the reliable manner in which they were transmitted to us. A study of this course will enable students to teach others about the Word of God in a greatly enhanced fashion.
The Responsible Christian
Author Jose R. Silva Delgado shows us how to become faithful stewards. In a parable, Jesus commended two good stewards who had managed their assets wisely and condemned the one who did nothing with what he had been given. This course teaches how to manage and invest what God has entrusted to us, so that one day He will say, "'Well done, good and faithful servant…. Come and share your master’s happiness!'" (Matthew 25:23)
Tents, Temples and Palaces
The books of the Old Testament are surveyed in this course, written by Rick Howard. This look at the Old Testament begins with creation, continues through the judgment of the Flood, and then picks up the theme of God’s chosen people, the seed of Abraham. The author discusses the writings of the Old Testament as an account of God’s dealing with the people He chose to use to bless the world. Many of the names, terms, and events that are often difficult to understand are addressed, along with questions that are pertinent to understanding the Old Testament period.
Understanding the Bible
The careful, methodical study of the Bible is the subject of this course. In the first part, author Dorothy Johns introduces the principles, terminology, and means of interpretation that are essential to all effective methods of Bible study. The next series of lessons emphasizes scrutiny of individual books through the synthetic or whole-book method of study. The biographical, topical, and devotional methods of study are critiqued in the last section. While much in the course is necessarily an academic discussion of how to study the Bible, major emphasis is placed on the student’s spiritual improvement and how a systematic study of the Scriptures is the best means for achieving this goal.
Cornerstones of Truth
As you have probably discovered, the teachings in the Bible are not presented according to topics. For example, the book of Genesis does not give us a complete explanation of the Godhead, nor does any other single book. An important way to study the Bible is to find all the teachings related to a certain topic. Authors Floyd Woodworth, Jr. and David Duncan will follow this kind of systematic study to see what the Scriptures teach about the universe and its Ruler, about humankind and the structure God has chosen for human development. Students will also discover what the Bible has to say about the future.
Counselor, Teacher and Guide
Near the end of Jesus’ ministry on earth, He told His disciples that the time was coming when He would not be with them. He said, "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth" (John 14:16–17). Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit. In this course, author William Farrand will acquaint you with the ways the Holy Spirit helps you, in the same way that Jesus helped people when He was here on earth.
Preaching and Teaching
Author Ernest Pettry demonstrates how to communicate God’s message effectively through preaching and teaching. These two methods of sharing God’s Word are alike in many ways. Yet during the history of the Christian church, each method has developed some distinctive characteristics. This course points out the advantages of both methods and helps prepare the reader to use them in the best manner for evangelizing the unreached and providing for the spiritual development and maturity of those that are ministered to.
Christian Spiritual Formation Seminar
Christian Spiritual Formation is essentially the process of sanctification with its ultimate goal of becoming Christ like. Many term this type of spiritual formation, "spiritual transformation" (Romans 12:1, 2). Paul told Timothy to train himself to be godly (1Timothy 4:7). Biblical spiritual formation is an intentional effort of the Christian to live a godly life, not in his own strength but through the power of the Holy Spirit as he yields and cooperates with the working of the Holy Spirit in his own life (John 15:5). Sometimes Christians forget they are to be disciples. A disciple’s life is one of godly training and self-control. The rewards are a joyous, well-disciplined life producing much fruit. Thus, the intent of Christian spiritual formation is to facilitate the Holy Spirit's inward transformation of our hearts, which is reflected through our outward behaviors. He does the transformation, and we exert our effort to become more like Him.
Church Leadership Development Seminar
Church Leadership Development is a systematic approach to expanding the performance capability of individuals in leadership roles within the church organization. Not only will the Church Leadership Development be beneficial for the individual but for the health and well - being of the church organization as a whole. Some teaching topics include: Communication, Confrontations, Criticism, Motivation, People Skills, Personal growth, Dreams, Importance of Vision, Setting Goals, The Winning Attitude, Relationships, The Leaders Personal Life, and What Leaders Need to Know about People. Church Leadership Development is not achieved through a single stage or step but rather through a journey. Let the journey began with CFC School of the Ministry.
The Minister’s Duties Seminar
The minister’s duties shall be performed with a servant’s heart and with singleness of purpose. That purpose would be to stand in the place of Christ and minister with a servant’s heart to God’s sheep just as Christ would. This seminar focuses on the minister as a servant – leader. The servant – leader is servant first. Servant leadership is based on the ministry model of Jesus Christ who came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). It is within this framework that true, genuine ministry will take place which will enrich the lives of individuals, and build God’s church. Topics that will be discussed are Nursing Home and Hospital Visits, Conducting Funeral Services, Performing Wedding Ceremonies, Ministering the Church Ordinances, Overview of the Church Constitution, Planning the Yearly Business Meeting and much more.