We want you to have a clear picture of your identity in Christ, because it is the catalyst for your spiritual growth.
Our personalized system is designed to help you understand what it means to be saved. Like a puzzle that is put together one piece at a time, each lesson will help you get the big picture about your salvation. You can choose to be mentored one-on-one or simply access the content online.
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SESSION 1: The five layers of my spiritual illness.
SUMMARY: Before we were saved, our spiritual condition was like a spiritual cancer that had five layers of dysfunction. When God saved us, He successfully corrected each one of these layers. This successful spiritual treatment was costly, but God paid it all. We can only receive it as a gift from God because we can’t gain this salvation by human efforts.
SESSION 2: God wants to produce His character in me.
SUMMARY: Now that God has given me His Holy Spirit, He wants to transform my life so that I will not reflect the sinful ways of the world anymore. Instead, He wants me to reflect His character.
SESSION 3: God gave me the Bible to help me know His will.
SUMMARY: Instead of loving the world system, God wants me to love Him. Thus, He has designed the Bible as a tool to help me know Him better, so I can love Him better. Consequently, the depth of my spiritual maturity is directly proportional to my knowledge and obedience of God’s word.
SESSION 4: God wants me to share my life with Him through prayer.
SUMMARY: Prayer is an invitation that God gives us to openly share our lives with Him. Now that God has given us direct access to Him through His Holy Spirit, we must avoid two common misconceptions about prayer addressed by Jesus, as well as be aware of the deceitful teaching of the Prosperity Theology.
SESSION 5: God made me part of God’s People.
When God gave us His Holy Spirit at the moment He saved us, He made us part of the Body of Christ with all of God’s people around the world regardless their race or social status. He also established leaders in the Body of Christ to train every member, so that everybody can serve God and grow in maturity. Therefore, each member of the Body of Christ has to respect their leaders and develop godly relationships with each other.
SESSION 6: God wants me to serve Him with my life.
SUMMARY: Now that God made me part of God’s people, He calls me to invest my abilities and resources to serve Him in the Church. In order to serve Him effectively, I must avoid thinking that I have nothing to offer or that I am better than others. Instead, I have to embrace who God made me and embrace the role of other members of the Body of Christ. As we serve Him in unity, we learn to share our suffering and joy. I must take this call to serve God seriously, because one day I will have to give an account to Christ for my service in His ministry.
SESSION 7: God entrusted the Church with five tasks to accomplish.
SUMMARY: Just like the human body has 5 essential functions known as the 5 senses, so does the Body of Christ have 5 functions to fulfill. They are as essential for the church as legs are essential to the function of a chair. If one of them is missing, the church becomes dysfunctional.
SESSION 8: Baptism: I must be baptized as a disciple of Jesus.
SUMMARY: Just like marriage is a change of relationship based on a covenant of love, so salvation is a new covenant of love with God. As the covenant of marriage is symbolized by a ring, so our new relationship with God is symbolized by the “ring” of Baptism.
SESSION 9: Communion: I must remember Jesus’ sacrifice by celebrating communion.
SUMMARY: Just like marriage is a change of relationship based on a covenant of love, so salvation is a new covenant of love with God. As the covenant of marriage is commemorated by celebrating the wedding anniversary, so our new relationship with God is commemorated by celebrating Communion. Jesus gave us this command so that we will not forget the high cost of our salvation.
SESSION 10: The consummation of my salvation.
SUMMARY: In order to live with God in the new Heaven and the New Earth that He will establish, our bodies will be transformed into immortal and sinless bodies. However, those who who were not part of God’s People will not be allowed into this new creation. Instead, they will have to be condemned because of their sinful condition.
Sheldon & Christina
When we moved from California, we felt the need to look for a church for our family. The Discipleship program at Ethnos gave us understanding, and now our relationship with God is based on convictions rather than traditions. What a difference! We are glad that we found a multicultural church in Richardson that embraced us and encouraged us to grow.