Vision & Commitment Course

The Vision and Commitment Course (V&C) is designed first and foremost to lay essential biblical foundations in the lives of individual Christians. Through the 20 sessions, we will explore biblical truths that for thousands of years have transformed countless people to the glory of God. Whether you are a new believer in Christ, have known the Lord for many years, or are simply searching for truth, the content presented in this course has all the potential to transform your life radically to the glory of God.

The course is also intended as a tool to equip those who are called and gifted to pioneer new churches, or to help existing churches to be strengthened in their foundations. In either case, though the maximum benefit is attained by systematically working through the course from beginning to end, individual sessions can be used as needed. Ideally, the course would be taken in a small group context to allow for discussion, but it is also an effective resource for personal study.

In the first half of the course, we examine foundational truths in our lives as individuals. We look at the Gospel, being born again, water baptism, the vital ministry of the Holy Spirit, the grace of God, the Lordship of Christ, and growing in God.

The second half of the course explores our foundations collectively as the Church. We start by defining and understanding the Church, then the individual ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, teachers, elders, and deacons. We then go on to look at how relationships should function in local churches, fellowship life, giving and receiving, and finally, what the Bible has to say about manhood and womanhood.

“You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5)

Just as lack of physical vision can cause us to go off course, so a failure to see what God wants to reveal to us will have serious consequences for how we live life. God wants us to see what He sees. In this introductory session, we will discover our need for life-changing revelation through the Holy Spirit, whom we look to as the principal teacher of this course...

In this session, we are going to look at the heart of the Bible’s message. We are going to delve into what God has done to save us. This message is called the gospel, and it is powerful. As it says in Romans 1:16, “…it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” To truly understand the good news, we will look at three key biblical events: creation (God’s original intention), the fall (what went wrong), and redemption (God’s solution)...

In this session, we will discover what the Scripture has to say about being born again, which is also called the “new birth.” In particular, we will answer the following questions: What is being born again? Why do we need to be born again? How are we born again? What are the evidences of being born again?...

The Bible tells us that our response to the gospel should be to “…repent and be baptized…in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…” (Acts 2:38). With all of the mystery, confusion, debate, and division in the Church over the centuries regarding the necessity, method and effect of water baptism, someone unfamiliar with Scripture might be surprised to find out just how straightforward the Bible is on the subject...

As we see in scripture, the Holy Spirit plays a vital role in every aspect of us becoming and being a Christian. Therefore, in this session and the two that follow, we’ll look in some detail at who He is and what He does. We’ll explore the wonderful mystery of the trinity, the activity of the Holy Spirit throughout scripture, and the vital work of the Holy Spirit in salvation...

In the previous session, we looked at the person of the Holy Spirit and saw some of the ways in which He has worked in the lives of people from creation onwards. In this session, we are going to look at what it means to be baptized in the Holy Spirit in a way that empowers us for life, enables us to be effective in sharing the gospel with others and equips us with the gifts God gives us to glorify Him...

All those who have been born again by the Holy Spirit can (and should) expect to experience the promised baptism in the Holy Spirit—the gateway to a life of being continually filled with the Holy Spirit. In this session, we are going to consider further what the Spirit-filled life should look like for us as individuals and for the gathered church—and at the implications of this for the world...

The grace of God is an enormous subject, underpinning everything we have looked at so far in this course, from the gospel to the Spirit-filled life. In this session, we will look at the subject of living in the grace of God. There is no other subject more life-changing and liberating for the Christian than this one. We will begin by understanding what grace is, and how it is an unquestionable characteristic of God from the very beginning...