Andre Norwood Minister of Maturity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If the gospel of Jesus Christ is the hope of the world - and it is. If the church of Jesus Christ is the divinely appointed agency for the declaration of the gospel – and it is. If the bible school is the recruiting station and camp of the church – and it is. Then the bible school program becomes the hope of the world, also.

The mission of the Woodlawn Forrest Church of Christ Bible School is to develop every member to Christ-like maturity by providing instruction and training in the word of God.

The motto is “Presenting every man perfect in Christ. Colossians 1:28

The perfect or mature believer is one who:

1. Has knowledge of God’s word. II Timothy 3:16-17
2. Understands God’s ways ( perspective). Psalm 103:7
3. Has conviction. Acts 4:19-20
4. Is skillful. Hebrews 5:14
5. Has Christ-like character. Ephesians 4:13

The objectives of the bible school:

1. To lead the pupil into a personal relationship with God.
2. To give the pupil an understanding and appreciation of the life and teaching of Jesus, to lead him to accept Christ as Savior, friend, companion, and Lord, and to lead him into loyalty to Christ and his cause.
3. To develop the ability and desire to participate in the life and work of the church.
4. To develop in knowledge and love for the bible.
5. To develop in growing persons, the ability and disposition to participate in and contribute constructively to the building of a world, embodying the ideal of the fatherhood of God and brotherhood of man.
6. To lead growing persons into a Christian interpretation of life and the universe. To develop in them the ability to see God’s purpose and plan in his creation.
7. To foster in growing persons a responsibility for their own conduct.

The church at Woodlawn Forrest uses the Sound Theology Curriculum. This curriculum is designed to introduce sound (good, healthy) theology on how we see, speak of, and serve God. It will allow people of God to grow in the knowledge of the Godhead (trinity) and the fundamental doctrines of the Church of Christ. This curriculum will provide a holistic approach to bible study and will help the students to increase their knowledge of God and the bible.

What is theology?

Theology is the study of God as He reveals Himself. Your personal theology can be summed up this way: How you SEE, SPEAK OF and SERVE God.

Bad theology will cause you to see God wrong, speak of Him wrong, and serve Him wrong and ultimately be rejected by Him!

Matthew 7:21
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have case out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

A misunderstanding of God leads to a misunderstanding of our purpose and a misuse of our gifts, talents and abilities.

Paul fixes faulty theology by introducing sound theology to those on Mars Hill. Acts 17:22-31.

1. Verse 22 – (see) Their view of God was polytheistic.
2. Verse 23 – (speak) They called the true God “the unknown God”
3. Verse 23 – (serve) They served or worshipped Him “ignorantly”
4. Verse 31 – God will judge and reject bad theology.

We must fix faulty theology in the world and in the church by introducing good sound theology that will clarify in our minds and in the minds of the world God’s attributes (Omniscient, Omnipotent and sovereign), nature is a Spirit) and His requirements (God requires faith and obedience in order to be recipients of His saving grace).

The Church of Christ is the guardian of true theology!

1. The church must know the truth.
John 8:32
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

2. The church must uphold the truth.
I Timothy 3:15
“But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth”

3. The church must teach the truth.
Ephesians 4:14
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”

4. The church must defend the truth.
Phillippians 1:17
“But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.”

This curriculum introduces to every member the foundational truths that are needed to correct any faulty theological views that they my have acquired in their lives just as Paul did in Acts chapter 17. Paul discovered some men there whose theology (view of God) was faulty. Under the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit, Paul began to correct their faulty theology by declaring sound theology, to them. The Sound Theology Curriculum is designed as a curriculum that introduces to all members of the local congregation correct biblical theology that can be built upon by adding to our faith. (2 Peter 2:5)

God’s Prime Achievers is a program which allows church leaders, parents, and the entire congregation to give love deposits to students when they demonstrate excellence in four areas of their lives: academics, athletics, attitude, and the arts.

God’s Prime Achievers Program is based on the following criteria:

Academics: The criteria for academic love deposits are designed to honor students who make the A and/or A/B honor roll, and/or perfect attendance. This category includes college students who have made the dean’s list. It also includes younger students who do not receive letter grades, but who receive marks as satisfactory, excellent, and all pluses, with no minuses.

Athletics: The criteria for athletic love deposits are designed to honor students who achieve first or second place in track, football, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, etc., individually, or as a team during regular season or in tournaments. Athletic love deposits are also given to distinguished honors such as Most Valuable Player, Blue Chip, All State, All District, and All American.

Attitude: The criteria for attitude love deposits are designed to honor students who have demonstrated an exceptional attitude in the face of obstacles and adversities. The attitude love deposits are given to students who make exceptional improvements in their attitude when it comes to disciplinary problems at home or at school.

Artistic: The criteria for artistic love deposits gives honor to students who excel in literary arts such as poetry, essay writing, short stories, and editorials; in performing arts such as theater, ballet, dance, and speech; in fine arts such as solos, chorus, band, orchestra, and ensembles; and in graphic arts such as photography, painting drawings, building engineering, architectural designing, wood craft, sculptures, and other areas of artistic design.

Roach, Tony E., Sr. You Are God's Love Bank. Abilene: God's Love Bank Enterprises, 1995

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