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Introduction to equip

The second part of DUMC’s mission is “to disciple every believer into maturity in Christ and to be effective in the service of God”.

In line with that, equip - the equipping ministry of DUMC -  seeks to help believers grow in their Christian convictions and conduct; to equip every member to contribute to the community life of the church and the Malaysian society.

equip’s raison d'être is defined by Colossians 1:28, where the goal is to ‘present every person mature in Christ’.  equip seeks to initiate, strengthen, encourage and resource every effort made in DUMC toward that goal of Christian maturity in the individual believer.

Courses and programs offered by equip seek to serve people of various levels of Christian discipleship, from the seeker contemplating the Christian faith, to the brand-new believer requiring the basics (spiritual infants); from Christians growing strong in faith and service (spiritual young men) to mature disciples longing to impact the world by multiplying influence (spiritual fathers).  These programs include the School of Leadership (SOL) and Advanced SOL (ASOL).

This brochure describes the classroom, small group and reading courses available offered through equip.  More information (including scheduled dates and fees) can be found at dumc.my/equipping about other courses, including ASOL.

In the continuing effort to meet the needs of DUMC, courses will be added in the future. And existing courses will be revised for greater learning effectiveness.

We trust that you will avail yourself of the courses available, to grow in your journey toward maturity in Christ and greater effectiveness in the service to our God!


ALPHA

Alpha is a 15-session practical introduction to the Christian faith designed primarily for non-churchgoers and new Christians. The course also serves as a refresher course for existing churchgoers and those who have lapsed in their faith.

Alpha explores the basic foundations of the Christian Faith. The course involves eating together, followed by watching a video and discussing the topic of the video in small groups. It is a great way to be able to ask those questions you may have always wanted to ask, like did Jesus really exist? Why pray?  Why God? You will also get to meet great people and have a laugh or two every week!

Level ONE

Christian Living 101 (CL101) My New Life

When you receive Jesus Christ into your life as your Lord and Saviour, you begin your new life, just as the Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) This course has been designed to help you along the early steps of your new life in Christ.

Together with other new Christians, you will learn how to relate to your Heavenly Father and your new family in Christ. Topics include:

 My Father God  My New Friend  My Time With God – Listening  My Time With God – Praying  My New Family   Following Jesus My Lord  Living A Holy Life

NOTE: This course is strongly recommended for all who are new to the Christian life.

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Basic Christianity 101 (BC101) Basic Doctrine 1

Biblical doctrines are as important to a Christian as roots are to a tree. From them, we draw our emotional stability, our mental food for growth, as well as our spiritual energy and perspective on life itself. By understanding the basic tenets of our faith, we equip ourselves to live the life that God has designed for us. We will not be easily tossed about by every false wind of teaching nor be easily discouraged by the storms of life.

You will discover vital life-impacting truths about:

  The Bible    God the Father    Jesus Christ
  The Holy Spirit     Sin    Salvation

NOTE: Completion of this course is a pre-requisite for baptism and/or membership in DUMC.

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DUMC 101 (DU101) An Introduction to DUMC

Each local church is different from another. These differences may be subtle or obvious. Sometimes the differences are minor; other times, they can be significant.

In this class, you will be introduced to Damansara Utama Methodist Church or DUMC. You will hear about how the church came to be, who the leadership was and is. You will learn about the convictions of the DUMC leadership and understand better the what’s, the why’s and some of the how’s of DUMC’s key distinctives – e.g. a cell church.  

NOTE: Completion of this course is a pre-requisite for baptism and/or membership in DUMC.

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Baptism and Membership Encounter Weekend (BMEW)

This Weekend is designed for you to come face to face with God and His Word in a deep and enriching way. It also helps you to confront your past and to become aware of any negative influence upon your life. You will then be able to make choices to walk in greater freedom and to plan, in faith, for a better future. We seek to help you achieve the following:

• Be sure of your salvation.

• Experience genuine repentance.

• Break chains that bind you to the past.

• Receive emotional (inner) healing.

• Receive & experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

NOTE: Participation in this encounter weekend is a pre-requisite for baptism and/or membership of DUMC.

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Prayer 101 (PR101) Prayer as a Lifestyle

Prayer can be an exciting adventure of discovering intimacy with God. Many Christians think of prayer as a boring exercise or as a duty to be performed. This is certainly a wrong view of prayer. Every child of God is unique and relates to God in his or her own special way. In this course, you will be guided to experiment with a few different styles of prayer. As you learn the different ways of praying, you will begin to develop your own unique style of communicating with God and thus begin the adventure of a lifetime!

Methods of prayer that will be taught are:

 Centring Prayer – A Way to Focus on God

 Meditative Prayer – Entering Prayer Through Using Scripture

 Prayer of Examen – Processing Your Day Before God

NOTE: This course is best done following Christian Living 101.

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Bible 101 (BB101) Understanding the Bible

This is an introductory course exploring the unique nature of the Bible as an ancient document as well as God’s living and active Word to us today.

Topics covered include:

1. “The Big Picture” – This is a brief history of events from Genesis (Creation) to Revelation (The End of Time).

2. The historical periods and geography of the Old Testament

3. How to understand the Old Testament books of law, history, poetry and prophecy.

4. The history and literature of the Intertestamental Period.

5. The historical periods and geography of the New Testament (Palestine during the time of Jesus).

6. How to understand the New Testament books e.g. the gospels, the epistles, etc.

7. You will also be helped to remember important places that will facilitate your understanding of the Bible.

It is recommended that this course be done following Prayer 101.

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Evangelism 101 (EV101) Basic Evangelism

Do you squirm at the mere thought of going up to someone and sharing the gospel with him or her? Or worse still, when an opportunity to witness presents itself, you just do not know where to start or what to share?

This course provides many practical handles to get you started on being a witness for Jesus in your network of relationships (oikos). These are the people you meet on a regular basis, for example, your relatives, friends and colleagues.

You will be taught how to  share your personal testimony   present the gospel using the John 3:16 diagram  lead someone to accept Christ  evaluate people’s spiritual readiness   discover your circle of witness

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Level TWO

Basic Christianity 201 (BC101) Basic Doctrine 2

This course is a continuation of the introductory study on the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. In Basic Christianity 101, the following were taught in class sessions – The Bible, God the Father, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, Sin and Salvation.

In this course, the following topics will be explored and discussed:

• Angels – What are angels and where do they come from? What are the characteristics and activities of good and evil angels?

• Mankind – How did man come into existence? What is his nature and what makes him different from the other creatures?

• The Church – What is meant by the word “church”? How did it begin and what does it do?

• The Future – What are God’s plans for the future of all creation? What are the end-time events? Am I ready for the Lord’s return?"

NOTE: BC101 is a pre-requisite for this course.

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Christian Living 201 (CL201) The Beatitudes

Dietrich Bonhoeffer has described the Sermon on the Mount as the “Gospel in the Gospel.” The Beatitudes which opens the Sermon provide a guide for living the faithful and full Christian life. This course will explore the meaning and implications for the Christian life of Jesus' most beloved of teachings. What does it mean to follow Jesus as a Disciple? The Beatitudes give a picture of the character of the true people of God, those who are a part of his kingdom and have the full blessings of the kingdom to look forward to. Taken together they give the picture of the perfect disciple of Christ who is the heir of the promises.

This is a teacher-led group Bible study of the eight Beatitudes of Jesus.

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Christian Living 202 (CL202) A reading and interaction unit

This reading and discussion course seeks to explore the implications of being a Christian, living in this world. What does it mean, to follow Jesus in a world obsessed with material wealth and yet filled with the poor? We seek to understand how a Christian and the Church ought to live in a world where the rich and powerful routinely oppresses the poor and the weak - where the economic, social and political systems are stacked against them.

This course is a reading and discussion unit. For more details, please refer to the course description on dumc.my/equipping.

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Bible 201 (BB201) Bible Study Principles 1

God’s Word, the Bible comes to us in 66 books, originally written in Hebrew and Greek, by more than 40 authors spanning a period of about 1,600 years. Not only this, but also a variety of literary forms were used – history, law, poetry, songs, letters, etc. This opens up many possibilities for the modern reader to misinterpret the message of the Bible. Can we then be able to read and understand the Bible for ourselves? This is not as impossible as it appears.

In this course, you will enjoy learning three simple but very important steps in doing Bible study:

• Observe – Find open and hidden facts in the text.

• Interpret – Find the message the writer wants to convey.

• Apply – Find the relevance of God’s message for you today.

NOTE: Bible 101 is a pre-requisite for this course.

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Bible 202 (BB202) A Practical Introduction to Inductive Bible Study

This course offers a practical introduction to inductive Bible study. The purpose is to introduce students to a systematic and comprehensive approach to Bible study. The course will treat the

entire Bible study process from initial observation and interpretation of texts in their literary and historical contexts to the contemporary understanding and application of these texts.

The objective is the student demonstrating the ability to observe, interpret, and engage in contemporary appropriation of the biblical text and to discuss in specific and concrete ways the significance of this interpretation and application of the biblical text for his/her life situation.

This course will be practical in nature and will require students to engage in personal Bible Study.

NOTE: BB201 is a pre-requisite for this course.

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Church 201 (CH201) A video study and discussion unit        

When a person trusts Jesus Christ for salvation, he or she is made a member of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). For a church body to function properly, all of its “body parts” need to be present (1 Corinthians 12:14-20). Likewise, a believer will never reach full spiritual maturity without the assistance and encouragement of other believers (1 Corinthians 12:21-26). For these reasons, church attendance, participation, and fellowship should be regular aspects of a believer's life.

The Bible indeed commands us to go to church, and-even more-to be a functioning part of it. Hebrews 10:24–25 says, "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching" (NKJV).

This course explores the key aspects of church life and how a believer can participate effectively and meaningfully.

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Prayer 201 (PR201) Sacred Rhythms        

Drawing on the imagery of the natural rhythms of the created order, this course explores the practices that spiritual seekers and growing disciples have used throughout history to grow closer to God. In a similar way, the disciplines of the spiritual life are the basic components of the rhythm of intimacy that feeds the soul, keeping Christians open and available to God’s surprising initiative in their lives.

In six sessions, this course will guide you in a way that links the disciplines of the Christian faith to the most compelling desires of the human should. Each session offers teaching (video and live) and spiritual guidance on specific practices, allowing you to experience each discipline and incorporate it into your life.

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Ministry 201 (MN201) Finding Your Fit

Are you growing into the person God wants you to be? Have you discovered God’s will for your life? One of the major factors in discovering God’s plan and purpose for you is this – knowing your spiritual gifts and how to use them in ministry. The Bible tells us that every believer is endowed with spiritual gift(s) given by the Holy Spirit. Fulfilment, joy and a sense of purpose and significance come as we use our gifts and function in the way God intends us to.

Section I of this course helps you understand the purpose and nature of spiritual gifts as well as how to discover your own personal giftings. (Note: In order to discover your giftings using the tool we will provide, you need to have been involved in ministry for at least a year.)

In Section II, you will make exciting discoveries about personality types and how they affect the way you work, study, play, make decisions, handle relationships and plan your life. Through doing a personality test, you will be able to understand yourself and others better. Most importantly, you will learn to recognise places where you will fit in – as an active and significant member of the Body of Christ.

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Ministry 202 (MN202) Moving in the Gifts of the Spirit

The Holy Spirit is given to everyone who embraces Jesus as Saviour and Lord. With the Holy Spirit comes spiritual gifts given to the individual believer for the strengthening of the Body. The exercise of different spiritual gifts by different ones is meant to complement each other to the glory and praise of our Lord Jesus Christ. The impartation of these spiritual gifts is the prerogative of the Holy Spirit – He gives to every believer as He determines.

In this module, we will examine together the different facets of spiritual gifts found in the Bible. We will also learn how to release words to strengthen each other in our walk with the Lord.

NOTE: Ministry 201 is a pre-requisite for this course.

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Evangelism 201 (EV201) Basic Apologetics

Apologetics, simply stated, means “the defense of the faith.”  Is Jesus really God?  Did he actually rise from the dead?  Is the Bible really God’s Word?  These questions may seem difficult but they are not impossible to answer.  In fact, these are the key issues of the Christian faith.  As Paul says, “…if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile…” (1 Corinthians 15:17).   Therefore, as responsible Christians, we need to learn how to defend our faith in God, the Bible and the other key Christian doctrines.

This course will teach you how to reason out your faith so that you may “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)

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Spiritual Warfare 201 (SW201)

The apostle Paul states that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph 6:12, NIV) Though the term ‘spiritual warfare’ is not found in the Bible, it is clearly biblical.

This course seeks to equip participants to minister with authority and confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ. We will look into the biblical basis of spiritual warfare and examine the different practical aspects of ministry in which we are engaged in spiritual warfare.

NOTE: Successful completion of both Prayer 101 and Ministry 202 is pre-requisite to attending this course, due to the nature of the subject.

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Christian Leadership 201 (CP201)

We believe that every Christian has the potential to be a leader in the area of his/her gifting and calling.  If we have a willing and obedient heart, God will mould us into the kind of leader he wants us to be.

However, leadership in the kingdom of God is radically different from leadership in the world.  Christian leaders pattern themselves after Jesus Christ and other biblical leaders in love, humility, servanthood as well as spiritual authority, among many other important qualities.  

This course will examine key principles of Christian leadership drawn from the Scriptures, with special emphasis on the lives and ministries of those great men and women who had been called to serve the living God.  You will learn to apply these precious truths to your own life, relationships and ministry settings whether at home, in the workplace, in church or wherever the Lord leads you to serve.  

Whether you are a new or experienced leader, Christian Leadership 201 will renew your passion, enlarge your vision and prepare you for the dynamics and challenges of Christian leadership in today’s complex world.  

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Level THREE

Christian Living 301 (CL301) A reading and interaction unit

This unit focuses on the issues of relationships from a Christian perspective. How are Christians to grow relationally, to be healthy socially and emotionally?

This reading unit requires participants to read selected books and to interact with the substance of their reading.  For more details, please refer to the course description on dumc.my/equipping

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Christian Living 302 (CL302) An advanced reading and interaction unit

The Church is to be ‘salt and light’ in this world, confronting the social issues of the times in a manner that reflects God’s righteousness and His love. This reading unit draws participants in, to consider their unique role and purposes in their own settings, in the marketplace, classroom, at home and as a member of the global community, tackling contemporary issues such as unemployment, abortion and homosexuality.

 

This reading and interaction unit requires participants to read the selected book and to interact with the substance of their reading, either individually or with others in a small group. For more details, please refer to the course description on dumc.my/equipping  

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Basic Christianity 301 (BC301)  A reading and interaction unit

Do you know God or just know about Him? Do you seek to know God through Scripture or through personal experience? Are you skeptical about the Bible being divine revelation from God?

Knowing God is a classic on the basics of who God is. This book and the group discussions aim to help the reader understand biblically who God is and who we are in Jesus Christ. 

This course is a reading and discussion unit. For more details, please refer to the course description on dumc.my/equipping.

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Bible 301 (BB301) Bible Study Principles 2

This course brings us on a journey of discovering the nature of the Bible, exploring the various theories of Bible translation and investigating how these factors influence the task of interpreting Scripture. Particular attention will be given to understanding the New Testament epistles and the Old Testament narratives, both of which are commonly read portions of the Bible. Learning to interpret the Bible accurately is a precious investment for our spiritual growth and a great impetus for developing a lifelong passion for the study of God’s Word.

NOTE: Bible 201 is a pre-requisite for this course.

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Bible 302 (BB302)  A Practical Introduction to Inductive Bible Study

This course offers a practical introduction to inductive Bible study. The purpose is to introduce students to a systematic and comprehensive approach to Bible study. The course will treat the

entire Bible study process from initial observation and interpretation of texts in their literary and historical contexts to the contemporary understanding and application of these texts.

The objective is the student demonstrating the ability to observe, interpret, and engage in contemporary appropriation of the biblical text and to discuss in specific and concrete ways the significance of this interpretation and application of the biblical text for his/her life situation.

This course will be practical in nature and will require students to engage in personal Bible Study.

NOTE: BB301 is a pre-requisite for this course.

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Spiritual Formation 301

A transformation of the heart is the goal every Christian must desire after and strive for if his/her walk with God is to be taken seriously. However, there is no shortcut to this cultivation of the inner life. Well-known author Richard Foster comments, “If we are expecting one or two worship services or study groups a week to change us, it will never happen. The whole object of the exercise is to walk with God through our days and through our nights.”

The practice of the spiritual disciplines is the pathway toward true inner spiritual transformation, which is more than about merely doing good “Christian” things. On a deeper level, it is about being changed from the inside out so that we can live abundant and joyful lives for the Lord.
“The soul and the body make a man; the Spirit and discipline make a Christian.”
John Wesley

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Christian Leadership 301

Following on from Christian Leadership 201, this course will examine key principles of Christian leadership drawn from the Scriptures, with special emphasis on the lives and ministries of those great men and women who had been called to serve the living God.  You will learn to apply these precious truths to your own life, relationships and ministry settings whether at home, in the workplace, in church or wherever the Lord leads you to serve.  

NOTE: Christian Leadership 201 is required for this course.

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GROUP BIBLE STUDIES

Inductive Bible Studies (IBS)

Inductive Bible study is learning how to exegete (draw out), as in extracting the information what a text is actually saying in an objective and in a systematic way. We can do this with the Bible for all its worth with our best efforts. We do this through giving people tools and skills to help observe the text, dig out the meaning, and then apply it to their lives. Thus, Inductive Bible Study enhances the exegesis (explanation and interpretation) process by enabling one to read the Bible for more impact, value, and significance. In practice, we first examine the ideas and words of the text; this then leads to the meanings and interpretations, and then to the conclusions and applications.

These inductive bible studies offered are between 10 to 13 weeks long and would require a minimum of 4 hours of homework a week.

Please refer to the dumc.my/equipping for the latest Inductive Bible Studies being offered.

Discipleship  Bible Studies (DBS)

Discipleship Bible Studies are shorter topical studies – around 6 sessions. These may be video discussion bible studies. The objective of these studies is to understand what it means biblically to be Christian and how we live out that understanding.

These studies are typically 6-8 sessions long and would involve some homework.

Please refer to the dumc.my/equipping for the latest Discipleship Bible Studies being offered.