Equip Levels 1-3

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Equip Level 1

The Christian Life | Christian Living 101 (CL101) 

This course is currently being developed.

The life of a Christian is cast in the overall purposes of God and the life He calls us to live. This course introduces the core characteristics of a Christian life, touching on key Scriptures and specific areas in life related to purpose, mission, and ethics.

 

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Basic Doctrine 1 | Basic Christianity 101 (BC101) 

Biblical doctrines are as important to a Christian as roots are to a tree. From them, we draw our emotional stability, our mental food for growth, as well as our spiritual energy and perspective on life itself. By understanding the basic tenets of our faith, we equip ourselves to live the life that God has designed for us. We will not be easily tossed about by every false wind of teaching nor be easily discouraged by the storms of life.

You will discover vital life-impacting truths about:

  • The Bible
  • God the Father
  • Jesus Christ
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Sin and Salvation
  • Church and Sacrament
  • Last Things

NOTE: Completion of this course is a pre-requisite for baptism and/or membership in DUMC.

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Intro to DUMC | DUMC 101 (DU101) 

Each local church is different from another. These differences may be subtle or obvious. Sometimes the differences are minor; other times, they can be significant.

In this class, you will be introduced to Damansara Utama Methodist Church or DUMC. You will hear about how the church came to be, who the leadership was and is. You will learn about the convictions of the DUMC leadership and understand better the what’s, the why’s and some of the how’s of DUMC’s key distinctives – e.g. a cell church.

NOTE: Completion of this course is a pre-requisite for baptism and/or membership in DUMC.

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Baptism and Membership Encounter Weekend (BMEW)

This Weekend is designed for you to come face to face with God and His Word in a deep and enriching way. It also helps you to confront your past and to become aware of any negative influence upon your life. You will then be able to make choices to walk in greater freedom and to plan, in faith, for a better future. We seek to help you achieve the following:

  • Be sure of your salvation.
  • Experience genuine repentance.
  • Break chains that bind you to the past.
  • Receive emotional (inner) healing.
  • Receive & experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

NOTE: Participation in this encounter weekend is a pre-requisite for baptism and/or membership of DUMC.

For more information about getting baptised in DUMC, click here.

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The Prayer Course | Prayer 101 (PR101) 

The Prayer Course has been designed to help Christians go deeper in their relationship with God and to unlock the power of prayer in their lives. The aim is that you will get better at talking to God, better at listening to Him through six interactive sessions for small groups based on The Lord’s Prayer, covering topics such as intercession, dealing with disappointment, learning to listen and spiritual warfare.

NOTE: This course is best done following Christian Living 101.

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Understanding the Bible | Bible 101 (BB101) 

This is an introductory course exploring the unique nature of the Bible as an ancient document as well as God’s living and active Word to us today.

Topics covered include:

  • “The Big Picture” – This is a brief history of events from Genesis (Creation) to Revelation (The End of Time).
  • The historical periods and geography of the Old Testament
  • How to understand the Old Testament books of law, history, poetry and prophecy.
  • The history and literature of the Intertestamental Period.
  • The historical periods and geography of the New Testament (Palestine during the time of Jesus).
  • How to understand the New Testament books e.g. the gospels, the epistles, etc.
  • You will also be helped to remember important places that will facilitate your understanding of the Bible.

 

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Simple Evangelism | Evangelism 101 (EV101) 

Do you squirm at the mere thought of going up to someone and sharing the gospel with him or her? Or worse still, when an opportunity to witness presents itself, you just do not know where to start or what to share?

This course provides many practical handles to get you started on being a witness for Jesus in your network of relationships. These are the people you meet on a regular basis, for example, your relatives, friends and colleagues.

You will be taught how to:

  • Share your personal testimony
  • Present the gospel using the John 3:16 diagram
  • Lead someone to accept Christ
  • Evaluate people’s spiritual readiness
  • Discover your circle of witness

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Equip Level 2

Basic Doctrine 2 | Basic Christianity 201 (BC201) 

This course is a continuation of the introductory study on the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. 

In this course, the following topics will be explored and discussed:

  • Angels – What are angels and what do they do? In what way is an awareness of angels important for Christian life?
  • Humanity – What makes humanity different from other creatures? What is the Christian understanding of humanity against the perspectives of humanity?
  • The Church – Why do Christians go to church on Sundays? How is the Sunday the worship service relevant to Christian living from Mondays to Saturdays? 
  • The Future – What is the Final Judgment by Jesus Christ? What are the three views of the millennium of Revelation 20?

NOTE: BC101 is a building block for this course.

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The Beatitudes | Christian Living 201 (CL201) 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer has described the Sermon on the Mount as the “Gospel in the Gospel.” The Beatitudes which opens the Sermon provide a guide for living the faithful and full Christian life. This course will explore the meaning and implications for the Christian life of Jesus' most beloved of teachings. What does it mean to follow Jesus as a Disciple? The Beatitudes give a picture of the character of the true people of God, those who are a part of his kingdom and have the full blessings of the kingdom to look forward to. Taken together they give the picture of the perfect disciple of Christ who is the heir of the promises.

This is a teacher-led group Bible study of the eight Beatitudes of Jesus.

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Bible Study Principles | Bible 201 (BB201) 

In this course, you will enjoy learning the Inductive Bible Study method—three simple but important steps in doing Bible study:

  • Observe – Find open and hidden facts in the text.
  • Interpret – Find the message the writer wants to convey.
  • Apply – Find the relevance of God’s message for you today.

This course also explores the various theories of Bible translation to show how these factors influence the task of interpreting Scripture. Particular attention will be given to understanding the New Testament epistles and the Old Testament narratives, both of which are commonly read portions of the Bible. Learning to interpret the Bible accurately is a precious investment for our spiritual growth and a great impetus for developing a lifelong passion for the study of God’s Word.

NOTE: Bible 101 is a building block for this course.

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Sacred Rhythms | Prayer 201 (PR201) 

Drawing on the imagery of the natural rhythms of the created order, this course explores the practices that spiritual seekers and growing disciples have used throughout history to grow closer to God. In a similar way, the disciplines of the spiritual life are the basic components of the rhythm of intimacy that feeds the soul, keeping Christians open and available to God’s surprising initiative in their lives.

In six sessions, this course will guide you in a way that links the disciplines of the Christian faith to the most compelling desires of the human soul. Each session offers teaching (video and live) and spiritual guidance on specific practices, allowing you to experience each discipline and incorporate it into your life.

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Heart of Service | Ministry 201 (MN201) 

What are spiritual gifts? Why are they given by God, and for what purpose? Discover the spirituals gifts in this course, where you will take a personal assessment to discuss how God might be leading you to serve.

Why do Christians serve? In what ways are we different from how the world serves? What are the pitfalls of serving? Learn and discuss the being and doing of serving, which includes topics on the glory of God, the example of Jesus Christ, how to view those we serve, and areas of ministry.

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Ministry of Presence | Ministry 202 (MN202) 

Giving our whole attention and a caring presence to those around us through the principles and skills of spiritual companionship.

NOTE: Ministry 201 is a building block for this course.

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Spiritual Warfare

The apostle Paul states that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph 6:12, NIV) Though the term ‘spiritual warfare’ is not found in the Bible, it is clearly biblical.

This course seeks to equip participants to minister with authority and confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ. We will look into the biblical basis of spiritual warfare and examine the different practical aspects of ministry in which we are engaged in spiritual warfare.

NOTE: Successful completion of both Prayer 101 and Ministry 201 is pre-requisite to attending this course, due to the nature of the subject.

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Christian Leadership 1 | Christian Leadership 201 (CP201)

We believe that every Christian has the potential to be a leader in the area of his/her gifting and calling. If we have a willing and obedient heart, God will mould us into the kind of leader he wants us to be.

However, leadership in the kingdom of God is radically different from leadership in the world. Christian leaders pattern themselves after Jesus Christ and other biblical leaders in love, humility, servanthood as well as spiritual authority, among many other important qualities.

This course will examine key principles of Christian leadership drawn from the Scriptures, with special emphasis on the lives and ministries of those great men and women who had been called to serve the living God. You will learn to apply these precious truths to your own life, relationships and ministry settings whether at home, in the workplace, in church or wherever the Lord leads you to serve.

Whether you are a new or experienced leader, Christian Leadership 201 will renew your passion, enlarge your vision and prepare you for the dynamics and challenges of Christian leadership in today’s complex world.

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Equip Level 3

Apologetics | Basic Christianity 301 (BC301) 

Apologetics, simply stated, means “the defense of the faith.” Is Jesus really God? Did he actually rise from the dead? Is the Bible really God’s Word? These questions may seem difficult but they are not impossible to answer. In fact, these are the key issues of the Christian faith. As Paul says, “…if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile…” (1 Corinthians 15:17). Therefore, as responsible Christians, we need to learn how to defend our faith in God, the Bible and the other key Christian doctrines.

This course will teach you how to reason out your faith so that you may “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)

A Bible Survey Module | Bible 301 (BB301) 

 

NOTE: Bible 201 is a building block for this course.

Spiritual Formation

A transformation of the heart is the goal every Christian must desire after and strive for if his/her walk with God is to be taken seriously. However, there is no shortcut to this cultivation of the inner life. Well-known author Richard Foster comments, “If we are expecting one or two worship services or study groups a week to change us, it will never happen. The whole object of the exercise is to walk with God through our days and through our nights.”

The practice of the spiritual disciplines is the pathway toward true inner spiritual transformation, which is more than about merely doing good “Christian” things. On a deeper level, it is about being changed from the inside out so that we can live abundant and joyful lives for the Lord.

“The soul and the body make a man; the Spirit and discipline make a Christian.” - John Wesley

Christian Leadership 2 | Christian Leadership 301

Following on from Christian Leadership 1, this course will examine key principles of Christian leadership drawn from the Scriptures, with special emphasis on the lives and ministries of those great men and women who had been called to serve the living God. You will learn to apply these precious truths to your own life, relationships and ministry settings whether at home, in the workplace, in church or wherever the Lord leads you to serve.

NOTE: Christian Leadership 201 is required for this course.

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