Many people who visit our church are coming from other faith traditions or denominations. We have developed four courses as an introduction to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), our beliefs, and spiritual development. These courses are offered throughout the year and provide a basic introduction for those who want more detailed information.
This course is a brief survey of the history and beliefs of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It briefly covers the following topics:
- History of the Restoration Movement
- An introduction to the first Disciples: Alexander Campbell, Thomas Campbell and Barton Stone.
- Disciple sacraments: Baptism and Lord’s Supper.
- Basic Disciple beliefs.
- Church organization and membership.
The next scheduled date for Disciples 101 is available here.
This course is an introduction to the mission of this church, First Christian Church of Jonesboro, AR. It covers the following topics:
- The mission of First Christian Church
- Community involvement
- Opportunities for service
- Leadership opportunities
- The organization of the regional and general manifestations of the church
One of the questions members ask is, “How do I grow in my faith?” Faith 301 is a survey of different methods of spiritual growth developed during over the history of the church. From the church Fathers in the 1st and 2nd Century to the monastic reforms of the Middle Ages, the course covers the following areas:
- Active or Verbal
- Lectio divina (Divine Reading) – A technique for study, meditation, and contemplation.
- Bible Study
- A plan for reading the text
- Bible study tools
- Questions as you study
- Retreats as a spiritual discipline.
- Fasting – an introduction to Middle Eastern (biblical) fasting.
- Work as a spiritual discipline
The word “justice” is used frequently in Disciple conversations; in fact, it is part of our “Discover the Disciples” brochure. The concept produces guilt in some, anger in others, and confusion in many. This course introduces the concept of Biblical justice, surveys the prophetic tradition as it relates to justice, and introduces current issues for consideration. The previous three courses (101, 201, and 301) and church membership are required prior to taking this course. Individuals interested in this material should be aware that it touches on some of the most controversial topics in church life, and no “official” answers will be provided (in true Disciple tradition) since there are no answers in many of these areas, only questions.
If you are interested in any of these courses, please contact the Pastor, church office, or one of the hospitality hosts.