The key to growth in the Christian walk is life on life discipleship. The principle for discipleship comes from the example of Jesus and from the early Christian church.
2 Timothy 2:2 says:
“The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”
In other words, the Bible teaches us to pass along what we have learned to others. Paul, the author of 2 Timothy, taught Timothy how to live the Christian life, and Timothy then
could turn around and teach others what he had learned, and they in turn would teach others. In the same way, Search Columbus desires to come alongside others to help them come to know Christ relationally, and equip them to grow in that relationship with him. This happens through accountability, loving relationships, and the practical study of God’s word.
To help friends get started with God, Search has initiated and/or resourced thousands of small groups often beginning with the Foundations study. Foundations is a study intended for small groups or one-on-one discipleship. Chapters include:
- How to begin a relationship with GodIMG_8528
- How to grow in your relationship with God
- How to communicate with God through prayer
- How to listen to God through Bible reading and study
- How to invest the resources God has entrusted to us
- How to tell others about our relationship to God
We use Foundations as a transferable tool for learning and applying the basics of our faith in Christ. It is also an exploratory resource for those who are currently investigating the claims of Christ.
GROW YOUR MARRIAGE
For any couple- married or engaged- navigating the way to a healthy, thriving marriage can be a confusing, and often daunting task. In America, the art of having a healthy marriage is lost- it’s considered success if you can continue to tolerate your spouse after one year! We believe God has a different, more fulfilling alternative. Our 4 week investigative study to discusses topics such as love, resolving conflict, forgiveness, and more. You’ll be able to engage with other couples who share your struggles and have a great time in the process!
Search hosts a number of seminars each year. Some are geared toward leadership; others are geared toward basic understanding of Christian principals. Below is a list of some of the seminars you might find interesting:
✴Questions– This is a 12-week course dedicated to directly answering Christianity’s toughest criticisms – Is there a God? Is the Bible reliable? Is Jesus the Son of God? Will God judge those ho have never heard about Christ? Why are there so many hypocrites? Why the innocent suffer? Do miracles really occur? Isn’t Christianity just a psychological crutch? What does it mean to believe? Can anyone be sure of heaven? How good do you have to be to get to heaven? Isn’t going to heaven by faith too simple?
✴Listening for Leaders– In today’s culture, the art of listening is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Yet, those with differing points of view need to feel accepted and understood before they can truly hear God’s good news. Listening not only breaks down those barriers, but is also genuinely appealing and ultimately persuasive. This seminar teaches the skills that will transform your small group, your ministry, your family, and your personal relationships.
✴I Can Do That!– There are many people today who would like to know God in a personal way. Unfortunately there are few that are able to help their friends know God. This seminar teaches people how to share a relationship with Christ with those who may not know him, in a way that is practical and relevant.
One of Search’s most popular and dynamic events is the “Open Forum.” The Open Forum is a gathering of friends for the purpose of interacting on significant life and God issues. Normally, it takes place in a home or convenient daytime location for business and professional people and lasts for four weeks where the guests enjoy eating, meeting each other, laughing and sharing their thoughts. It is an authentic, stimulating discussion about basic life issues, not a Bible study, lecture series, or theological debate. The objective is to create a safe atmosphere in which people can examine their philosophy of life. Many people have never carefully evaluated their beliefs or been able to have open dialogue with others on the subject, and the Open Forum provides a comfortable environment for just this kind of meaningful interaction. And since the Forum is “open,” you pick the topics of conversation!
Search sets up several guidelines to ensure a stimulating dialogue that is comfortable, affirming, and challenging. Three promises are reviewed at the beginning of each discussion. The forum is a group discussion, not a debate or a lecture, and no one person or viewpoint will dominate. The discussion is limited to one hour, to respect the time of the people who come. Informal conversations often continue afterwards. If and when appropriate, the Bible’s perspective on a topic will be offered as one of the opinions to be considered.
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