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|Four Diamond Commitments
We seek to inform, encourage and equip members for these commitments, especially through a series of special seminars, which we call our Christian Life And Service Seminars (C.L.A.S.S. Programs)
Select a class below:
C.L.A.S.S. 101 – Pathway to Membership
This first seminar deals with matters, which the new or prospective Christian most immediately needs to understand about the salvation experience, the importance of water baptism and value of the local body of Christ, the church.
When we ask Jesus to come into our life and become our Lord and guide, we are born into a New Life. A new potential is born in us; but the full flowering of that potential is a gradual, life-long process–a process which involves a great deal of learning and of transformation — of our minds, our hearts, and our habits. It is a process, which requires the help of believers in Christ.
“Pathway to Membership” will also help you to understand more fully the vision, which inspires K-W Christian Fellowship, as well as its values and organizational structure.
C.L.A.S.S. 201 – Pathway to Maturity
Pathway to Membership,” explores the nature of the Christian’s commitment to Christ and to the body of Christ, the church. It serves as a preparation for this, the second seminar, which explores the means by which the Christian is enabled to grow in spiritual maturity and fulfill his or her Christian potential.
When we ask Christ to come into our life and become our sovereign Lord we are truly born again. We are assuredly made a new person, as our old personality is crucified with Christ. But that does not mean that all of our old habits and sinful ways are instantly eliminated. The old habits tend to persist. We are immediately freed from the penalty of sin, but not from the presence of sin in our lives.
Experiencing freedom from the presence of sin in our lives is an ongoing process. And it’s success depends upon some effort on our part. Our spiritual growth or development is not simply automatic; it requires us to do certain things, which will give the Lord the opportunity to bring about the changes which will enable us to attain the full potential of our new life in Christ.
Therefore, if we are to deepen our relationship with Christ and enjoy the full benefits of our belief in Him we need to learn about the spiritual disciplines and how we may best go about pursuing them. That is the pathway to spiritual maturity, which C.L.A.S.S. 201 will explain.
C.L.A.S.S. 301 – Pathway to Ministry
As we increase in spiritual maturity we come to understand that we are saved not merely for our own sake but also to service for the Lord. We are not intended to be mere spectators in the church and receivers of God’s blessings, but rather also to be labourers in the vineyard, serving the Lord and each other.
We are all variously gifted by the Lord for our own well-being and also for service in the advancement of His kingdom. But we do not always recognize our obligation to service. Nor do we readily discern the full range of gifts and talents which God has bestowed upon us; and we therefore do not always perceive the ways in which we are capable of serving the Lord and each other. And, until we begin to serve, we do not have the opportunity to experience the joy and satisfaction, which such service brings.
We are the fortunate creatures of a most magnificent, loving and generous God, who has given us our very life, has sacrificed Himself to spare us from the penalty for our sins; and continues to confer upon us countless blessings out of His loving kindness. But we cannot enjoy the full range of His blessings until we demonstrate our love for Him through our obedience and our servant heart. In order to accomplish that, we must explore our potential for ministry.
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”James 2:26 (NIV)
C.L.A.S.S. 401 – Pathway to Mission
After having explored your personality, your heart’s desires, your abilities and experiences, and your spiritual gifts, in “Pathway to Ministry,” your unique potential for ministry has been identified.
It is then the task of C.L.A.S.S. 401 to relate that personal knowledge to the practical needs of the church, the needs of our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ, and the needs of our community. That is the culmination of the process of discovering your “mission,” your proper place in the working out of God’s plan for the advancement of His kingdom.
The primary mission goal of the body of Christ was identified by our Lord in one of His last statements to His apostles just before His crucifixion. Matthew reports His final admonition in these words:”Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you……”Matt. 28:19-20
Not everyone can be primarily engaged in evangelistic outreach, although we are all obliged to witness the truth of the gospel to those who do not believe, whenever the need and opportunity arises. There are many other tasks to be performed in support of those who are more directly involved in spreading the gospel message. Some of those tasks may seem rather far removed from the realm of evangelism, but they are truly a vital part of that realm so long as they are part of a church which is acting in obedience to our Lord’s command to bring the gospel message to those who are unsaved, whether they live in our community or in some more distant place.
The advancement of God’s kingdom involves many different kinds of tasks, which require many different kinds of personalities, gifts, talents, and skills. And that is no doubt why the Lord has fashioned us with such variety. That variety creates a complexity of choice, which is often bewildering and confusing to us. That is why we individually need assistance in finding our proper place in God’s complex scheme of things. “Pathway to Mission” provides that help.
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”Gal. 5:13