FALL EQUIPPING 2016
It’s been said, “God loves you, and has a wonderful plan for your life.” But, could it be that the plan we need to be concerned with is not God’s plan for my life, but simply, God’s plan? God is at work all around the world accomplishing His purpose. In every neighborhood and every nation, He is restoring men, women, and children to himself and bringing them into the Kingdom of His Son. We are made to join Him in that work, to be his ambassadors to those across the street and across the globe. The question we should ask is not, “Where does God fit into my plan?” The question we should ask is, “How do I fit into God’s plan?”
What God Loves Most | September 12
What God Loves Most: Aligning ourselves with God’s Greatest Passion. You might be surprised by the thing that God loves more than anything…
- JR Vassar, Lead Pastor of Church at the Cross
GOING GLOBAL | October 3
Going Global: God’s heart for the World. God loves the world. What does this mean for us in a city of growing diversity? How do we understand the opportunities of globalization?
- Afshin Ziafat, Lead Pastor of Providence Church
NO PLACE LEFT | November 7
No Place Left: Reaching our Neighbors and the Nations. How do we practically participate in reaching people with the Gospel?
- Kyle Pierson, East West Ministries and Sarah Guthrie, For the Nations Refugee Outreach
UNDERSTANDING ISLAM | December 12
Understanding Islam: Befriending Muslims: Every local church needs to equip every Christian to “Go and make disciples.”
- Scott Venable, Glocal Impact Pastor, Northwood Church
SPRING EQUIPPING 2016
I CANNOT BELIEVE BECAUSE…
Many people claim that the Bible is merely a human book, irrelevant, full of errors, and unreliable as an authoritative source of truth for all people. But, what does the evidence suggest? Can we trust the Bible?
- Speaker: Dr. Dan Wallace, Author and Sr. Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
If there was a God and He was powerful and good, why is there so much evil and suffering in the world? Can we really believe in a God who has all power and is perfectly good when the world is broken as it is?
- Speaker: Burk Parsons. Editor of Tabletalk Magazine and Co-Pastor of St. Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla.
In a culture of pluralism and tolerance, many reject Christianity because it is exclusive in its central message of salvation in Christ alone. Is it unreasonable to claim that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the exclusive way of salvation?
- Speaker: Dr. Barry Creamer, President of Criswell College, Dallas, TX
Many claim Christianity’s teachings on human sexuality are outdated and constitute bigotry. Does an accurate reading of the Christian Scripture lead to an anti-gay bias? What is to be Christianity’s posture to the LGBT community?
- Speaker: Peter Hubbard, author of Love into the Light and Teaching Pastor of North Hills Community Church in Taylors, SC.
FALL EQUIPPING 2015
Beau Hughes, Pastor of the Village Church Denton, helps us face the realities of depression and anxiety that exists in the Church and discern how we find help and care for one another in the struggle.
Afshin Ziafat, pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, TX helps us navigate the issue of race and how we as the church can model reconciliation.
Pastor JR Vassar leads a men’s forum and author and speaker Jen Wilkin leads a women’s forum on the destructive nature of pornography and the Church’s responsibility to those who suffer with it.
Brian Fisher, President of Online for Life speaks on making abortion unthinkable and unavailable in our lifetime.
PAST EQUIPPING AUDIO
Worship Arts Pastor Joseph Tenney brings insight into personal and communal worship and addresses the role of the arts in shaping a worshipping community.
Lead Pastor JR Vassar describes our roles as Christians in a rapidly growing post-Christian world. He shows us how we can be effective in sharing Christ in every day life.
A practical and biblical look at how we should view our work and do our work for the glory of God and for the good of our communities. A Theology of Vocation can set us free into greater joy and purpose in our positions and labors.