Deep Discipleship is a comprehensive strategy for partnering with parents. The goal is to navigate students through eight core principles of discipleship throughout the year.
Here’s what the Apologetics Root is all about:
The Bible encourages us to defend our faith: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” (1 Pet. 3:15). That’s the point of apologetics—to explain our hope in Christ to others. We shouldn’t do this in an overbear- ing way, as if we’re hitting people over the head. On the other hand, we shouldn’t detach ourselves from the rest of the world, too concerned with our own safety or offending someone that we never impact others. If we’re confident in the truth God has given us, then we won’t be ashamed to respectfully engage our culture in productive ways.
1. The Apologetics Intro Lesson
2. Faith in Culture: How do I live out my faith when I’m surrounded by the faithless?
3. The Resurrection: Why did Jesus have to rise again?
4. Testimony: What is my faith story?
5. Unbending Truth: How do I know what’s true?
Teacher: Neil and Danielle Dwyer
Location: Hillside, in ‘The Meeting Room’
Starting Date: October 22
Here’s what the Outreach Root is all about:
Before he returned to his Father in heaven, Jesus gave his followers one last command: to spread the good news of his death and resurrection—the gospel—to the whole world. That’s a daunting task. But if we truly understand the joy we have as followers of Jesus, we’ll realize that sharing this joy is the greatest act of love we can show another person. When we become members of Christ’s body of believers, the story doesn’t end. That’s just the beginning! Now we get to join in a remarkable mission to care for the least, to love other people, and to share Jesus as Lord wherever we go.
1. The Outreach Intro Lesson
2. Lost and Found: What does it mean to be spiritually lost?
3. Burden for the Lost: Why share about Jesus?
4. Spread the Word: How do I share Jesus with others?
5. Purpose vs. Preference: How do I start wanting what God wants?
Teacher: Roger Reid
Location: Roger’s Home
Starting Date: October 30th
Here’s what the Worship Root is all about:
We sing because we worship. We pray because we worship. We dance because we worship. By them- selves, these things are not all that special and can even be self-serving. But when they are done in response to God, they become worship played out in our lives. You see, worship is a lifestyle. It’s how
you go about your day, and it happens when you get a vivid glimpse of God, his power, and his majesty.
In the Bible, anyone who has a close encounter with God can’t help but marvel at his glory. The angels, his messengers, are in a constant state of worship. We, too, can express a life of worship by encountering God on a daily basis.
1. The Worship Intro Lesson
2. Beyond Singing: Is worship on Sunday enough?
3. Giving: Do I have to give as a teenager?
4. Prayer: Does it even make a difference?
5. Joy: Why should I worship when I’m hurting?
Teacher: Tracie Henry
Location: The Henry’s
Starting Date: October 23
Here’s what the RESCUE Root is all about:
We are slaves, held captive by terrible enemies: sin and death. In this fallen, corrupt, and shattered world, we need a rescuer—Jesus, our savior and redeemer. In fact, he’s the only one who can save us from this mess that started way back with Adam and Eve. He gave his followers freedom from sin and its effects when he took them on at the cross. This freedom comes at a great cost, but it gives us a new life and reconnects us with God forever. And once we’ve been freed, we have the opportunity to join in the rescue mission for others.
1. Rescue Intro Lesson
2. Sin: Why do we need grace?
3. Sacrifice: Why did Jesus have to die?
4. Adoption: How do I fit into God’s family?
5. Salvation: How does being ‘saved’ make a difference in my life today?
Teacher: Luke Hopper
Location: Hillside, in ‘The Study’
Starting Date: October 22