Protestant education opportunities abound across JBER chapels|
Posted 7/26/2012 Updated 7/26/2012
Commentary by Bascom Gordon
JBER Chapel Center
7/26/2012 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- When Jesus gave his apostles their final orders in Matthew 28:18-20, he didn't tell them to make converts who would dedicate an hour of their lives on Sunday mornings to him, provided they liked the style of music being sung.
He commanded them to "... make disciples of all nations... teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."
A disciple is a student or learner whose purpose is to become like his teacher by absorbing all of his teaching and making it his rule of life.
Discipleship is the heart of Christian education, taking the word of God and instilling it in the hearts and minds of believers.
Scripture is the primary means God has given to cause Christians to grow in Christ-likeness.
Second Timothy 3:16-17 says, "All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work."
This fall, JBER's Protestant congregations will have a number of Christian education opportunities available to help build a strong scriptural foundation in our lives.
The most exciting news is the announcement of JBER's first Bible Conference.
This will be called "Bible Boot Camp" and will take place at the Arctic Warrior Event Center on Friday, Sept. 7 from 6:30 p.m. until 9 and Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. until noon.
Doors will open 30 minutes early and there is no charge. The speaker is Michael Patton, of Credo House Ministries in Edmond, Okla. Michael has a Master's of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and before starting Credo House, served as associate pastor at Stonebriar Bible Church in Dallas, working with Pastor Chuck Swindoll.
The purpose of Credo House is to provide quality theological education to everyone in the Church.
This conference will focus on four essential, historic truths of the Christian faith: the trinity - a God who is one being yet three persons; the incarnation, the significance of God becoming a man in the person of Jesus; the reliability of the scriptures and the biblical view of mankind.
Next, our primary religious education program, Discovery, begins on Sept. 5.
Meeting at Soldiers' Chapel at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays during the school year, the five Protestant congregations on JBER meet together for a free fellowship dinner, and then attend classes from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30. A nursery ministry is provided.
This fall, there will be four challenging, thought-provoking, and growth-stimulating adult classes.
First, "The Art Of Marriage" is coming back by popular demand.
It is a course that challenges preconceptions and teaches the biblical view of marriage.
Second, Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Todd Dickman will be leading an in-depth study of the New Testament book of Hebrews.
Third, "How Shall We Then Live," by Dr. Francis Schaeffer looks at how a Christian worldview has affected history, culture and art, and challenges us to live with a Christian worldview in a world which is growing increasingly hostile toward Christianity.
The fourth course will begin Sept. 12, called "The Discipleship Program."
This is a course that examines what every Christian should believe, and how these beliefs should affect how we live.
Children will be continuing in the "Generations of Grace" curriculum, which takes the kids through the Bible in three years.
This year the course will focus on the Old Testament from Deuteronomy to Daniel.
There are classes planned for Pre-K, Kindergarten, first and second grades, third and fourth grades, and fifth and sixth grades.
The classes will cover the same sections of the Bible each week, with lesson plans adapted to each grade level.
Handouts will be given to parents to keep them apprised of what their kids have studied.
The JBER Protestant Chapel program has invited Child Evangelism Fellowship to come and start Good News Clubs in the elementary schools on base.
This is an after school program which will take place Tuesdays starting this fall.
Every week, trained teachers will present an exciting Bible lesson, music, games, Scripture memory, and a missionary story.
Parents must sign a permission slip in order for their children to attend.
For more information on any of these events, please contact the Chapel Center, 552-4422.