The ultimate goal of Deeper Life is to produce shepherds and leaders who will be used by God to contribute to the spiritual growth of The Crossing Church and thus bring glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Deeper Life is offered through a ten-course curriculum, consisting of approximately 520 hours of classroom instruction over a three year period. Our emphasis is knowledge of the Word, development of skills, and building of Christian character. Some courses are more knowledge based and others are more skill based. This commitment is more than a Bible study or a LifeGroup experience. The curriculum was originally designed for and is currently used by pastors around the world who are unable to pursue seminary training. We are offering this course for those who desire to begin a journey into a Deeper Life with God.
Cost: $25 per study.
Book One: Bible Study Methods and Rules of Interpretation.
An introduction to basic Bible study methods and rules of interpretation with emphasis on accurately understanding and obeying God’s Word and the development of practical skills. Students will learn to determine what Scripture says, what it means, and how it can be applied. 11 weeks
Book Two: Old Testament Survey
A broad overview and survey of the Old Testament designed to emphasize the structure, theme and message of the Old Testament and each of its 39 individual books in order to provide understanding of God’s self-revelation and His plan of redemption.
Book Three: New Testament Survey
An overview survey of the New Testament focusing on the theme, purpose, structure and basic content of each individual book and relating each book to the whole Bible. Strong emphasis is also given to the applicational message of each book. 24 weeks
Book Four: Preaching a Biblical Message and Pastoral Ministry
The first part of this course, Preaching Biblical Messages, is designed to equip and train shepherds/leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare and communicate expository messages from God’s Word. The goal of these messages is that they be biblically accurate and responsive to the needs of people. Emphasis is
placed on practical preparation of the preacher and his message with numerous examples and practice assignments. The second part of the course, Pastoral Ministry, is designed to equip shepherds/leaders with knowledge and practical skills required for effective ministry in the church which is fruitful from God’s perspective. 15 weeks
Book Five: Bible Doctrine Survey
A survey and summary of the ten major doctrines of the Bible with an emphasis on the church leader knowing God more fully while understanding and practicing sound theology.
Book Six: Personal Spiritual Life
This course is designed to teach church leaders the basic concepts and principles of the spiritual life so that they can personally grow to spiritual maturity and live a life that is pleasing to God. 11 weeks
Book Seven: Church Ministry, Administration and Education
This course is designed to introduce church leaders to the basic principles related to the nature, structure and function of the church and to teach them the practical knowledge and skills necessary for the local church to effectively carry out its functional roles in the areas of ministry, administration and education. 11 weeks
Book Eight: Teaching Principles and Methods
Designed to equip church leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively teach God’s Word. Much emphasis is placed on the leader’s role as teacher and the biblical goal of teaching. 15 weeks
Book Nine: Church History Survey
This course is designed to introduce church leaders to the principal people; the major political, historical, and cultural developments; the main religious movements; and the doctrinal issues which have influenced and shaped
the Christian church throughout its 2000 year history. 16 weeks
Book Ten: Missions, Evangelism and Discipleship
This three-part course is designed to ground church leaders in the basic biblical principles of missions, evangelism, and discipleship so that the church can accomplish its God-given task of bringing lost people to Christ and building them up
in Christ. 18 weeks
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