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COURSE SYLLABUS

BASIC DISCIPLESHIP
SPRING 2016
INSTRUCTOR: Micah Englehart

OFFICE HOURS: Fridays 1:00pm-3:00pm


CELL PHONE: (575) 635-9773
E-MAIL ADDRESS: micah@oubsu.org
WEB PAGE: paradigmnorman.com
CLASS HOURS: 6:00-7:15 PM Thursdays

A. DESCRIPTION
This course involves a careful examination of Old and New Testament scriptures
involving the basics of our faith. An emphasis is placed on the development of basic
discipleship skills. It is an exploratory, first course in discipleship designed primarily for
training newer students to Paradigm (ex. Freshmen, Sophomores, Transfer Students,
etc.). However, it also meets the needs of many students with other interests, as a
refresher course in discipleship, for upgrading discipleship skills, for students training to
be disciple-makers, or just providing students with a general "feel" for the subject of
discipleship.
B. ORGANIZATION
This is a lecture-lab course in which the instructor presents topics, spiritual
disciplines are explained, and students complete assigned activities both during
class and outside of class. Objective and application quizzes are given weekly in
the form of discussions, and there is a final exam.
The course is a prerequisite for the Expanding Lordship Fall 2015.
Most students, even those who grew up in church, have little practical, hands on
experience with discipling others. This basic discipleship course therefore,
assumes no previous discipleship experience or training, so the initial emphases
are on the use of discipleship tools and basic applications to life.
C. COURSE OBJECTIVES

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To introduce students to basic discipleship principles, to spiritual disciplines, and


to gain confidence practicing these disciplines.
To introduce students to various basic discipleship topics and to strive for a deep
personal understanding.
To introduce students to terminology, illustrations, and metaphors that make the
Bible relevant in the 21st century.
To orient students to the range of discipleship methods, topics, and applications
for personal growth.
To provide students with opportunities to develop basic discipleship skills in
respect to organization, building consistency, and casting vision to help others
grow in their faith.

D. COURSE TOPICS
The course will cover the following topics:
1.
Basic Discipleship Tools and Processes
2.
Knowing God
3.
Enjoying God
4.
Jesus and the Holy Spirit
5.
Servants Heart
E. TEXT AND REQUIRED SUPPLIES
1.
Required text: Real Purpose of Life by Max Barnett (Supplied)
2.
Supplies: notebook, Bible (choose a version), verse pack, blank scripture
memory cards, journal, ability to listen to .mp3s from the
Discipleship
Library online.
3.
$15 course fee
F. GRADING PLAN
Coursework will be weighed as follows:
1.

Read the text, do the assignments


and participate in activities

20%

2. Attendance

40%

3. Final Exam (see notes on Final Exam)

40%

Weekly Assignments:
A reading will be assigned almost every class period. Each reading will cover a basic
discipleship topic. Reading due dates will be given to you for each assignment. The
assignments will be uniform from week to week. You will read the material, interact with
Gods Word, record your thoughts, observations, feelings, and questions, and come to
class prepared to discuss the topic. There will also be a weekly verse to memorize. If
you are absent from class when a reading is due, it will be accepted late and in a written
form. An "acceptable" excuse for an absence is only one which is judged so by the
instructor. Due dates will not be changed because of earlier absences.
FINAL EXAM:
The final exam will be to memorize each verse assigned word perfectly. It will be given
at the time shown at the end of the schedule that follows.

ATTENDANCE:
Often in religious circles, our default is that spiritual growth should be easy. We do not
like to call it hard work. We are fine with hard work to train for a marathon, to get onto
the OU Sooners football team, or to get into medical school. After all, none of us wants
to have surgery with a doctor who skipped class. Because we want to be fully trained
and worthy of making disciples, this class will be hard work and it requires a
commitment of time, resources, and personal integrity. We want to give the Lord our
very best, not what is left after we have done everything else.
Because this class is held only once a week for approximately one hour, if you have
three absences or more, you will be required to repeat the course the following semester
before moving on to the next course, Expanding Lordship.
GENERAL:
Except in cases of actual error, final grades are permanent. The last day to add the
course is Thursday, February 5.

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G. CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT


No phones are allowed in class. You will be expected to bring a nonelectronic version of the Bible to class.

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Be courteous to others. Arrive on time (five minutes early is even better).


I. YOUR IDEAS, EVALUATIONS, ETC.
In general, your ideas, comments, suggestions, questions, etc. are welcome. Your
discretion in these matters is expected, however. No part of your grade will be based on
anything other than your coursework and attendance. You are encouraged to take
advantage of instructor office hours for help with coursework or anything else connected
with the course and your progress.
J. SUGGESTIONS FOR SUCCESS
For most students this will not be a "difficult" course. However, there will probably be
some students who did well in academic courses where information was most important
and who will be surprised at the relative difficulty of this course where personal
commitment and spiritual multiplication are most important. So, do not think that if you
are a "B" student you will probably get a "B" in this course. You might get an "A" with
relative ease . . . or a "C" with difficulty, and still be (and correctly so) a "B student" in
your information-heavy, mainly lecture-type courses.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
All assigned reading and verses will be due the week they appear on the syllabus.
Week 1 (Jan. 28): Syllabus, Introduction to class and course materials
Week 2 (Feb. 4): Introductory Discipleship Review. Bring Bible, notebook, pen, etc.
Week 3 (Feb. 11): Knowing God Chapters 1 & 2, Knowing Gods Character and
God Reveals Himself
RPL #1 (1 Jn. 5:11-12) RPL #2 (Jn. 10:28-29), RPL #3 (1 Jn. 5:13)
Week 4 (Feb. 18): GUEST SPEAKER. Knowing God Chapter 3 Mans Rejection

RPL #4 (Ephesians 5:18)


Week 5 (Feb. 25): Knowing God Chapter 4 Mans Hope Jesus
RPL #5 (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Week 6 (Mar. 3): Enjoying God Chapter 1 A New Relationship
RPL #6 (Galatians 5:22-23)
Week 7 (Mar. 10): Enjoying God Chapter 2 God Our Father
RPL #7 (Luke 6:46)
[SPRING BREAK Mar. 14-20 No class]
Week 8 (Mar. 24): Enjoying God Chapter 3 Pleasing God
RPL #8 (Luke 9:23)
Week 9 (Mar. 31): GUEST SPEAKER. Enjoying God Chapter 4 Knowing God Better
RPL #9 (2 Corinthians 5:15)
Week 10 (Apr. 7): Enjoying God Chapter 5 The Devotional Life
RPL #10 (1 Peter 2:2)
Week 11 (Apr. 14): GUEST SPEAKER. Jesus and the Holy Spirit Chapter 1 The
Incomparable Christ
RPL # 11 (2 Peter 3:18)
Week 12 (Apr. 21): Jesus and the Holy Spirit Chapter 2 & 3 The Mission of Jesus
and The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
RPL #12 (Colossians 2:6-7) RPL #13 (Philippians 4:6-7)
Week 13 (Apr. 28): Jesus and the Holy Spirit Chapter 4 His Mission Continues
#14 (Matthew 21:22), #15 (John 16:24)
Week 14 (May 5): Final Exam Covers RPL Christian Basics Verses 1-15
Seven Basic Assumptions for the Class:
1) The Word of God is Inerrant. It is inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:1-17, 2 Peter 1:21)

2) One God, Three Persons the Trinity (Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; John 14:16-17; 2
Cor. 13:14; Acts 2:32-33, John 10:30,17:11, 21; 1 Peter 1:2)
3) God is creator (Genesis 1:1, Hebrews 11:3)
4) The Incarnation The life of Jesus (Philippians 2:5-11)
5) His substitutionary sacrifice (1 Peter 2:24, 1 Cor. 10:5)
a. Jesus is the only way to God the Father (John 14:6; Matthew 11:27; Luke
10:22)
6) The Resurrection (John 2:19-21)
7) Christs Return (Acts 1:11)