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Curriculum for New Members

The following outline is intended to acquaint new or prospective members with the doctrinal positions of Grace Bible Church. Some of these positions are non-negotiable. New member classes are held as often as necessary and generally on Wednesday evening. They are informal and discussion is encouraged. The cost for literature is $20.

I. The Scriptures

A.Inspiration and authority
B.Canon
Read: Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter I Section IX and X.
Read: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:20-21.

II. The Person of God

A. Attributes
B. Subsistence
Read: The Attributes of God by Pink, Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 4-7 and 21-22.

III. Hamartiology

A. First Adam (imputation of guilt)
B. Second Adam (imputation of guilt and righteousness)
Read: Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 13-22 and Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3.

IV. Soteriology

A. Justification
B. Sanctification
C. Glorification
Read: Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray, Read: Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 33, 35, 38, and 87-88.

V. The Theology of the Protestant Reformation

A. Sola Scriptura
B. Sola Gratia
C. Solus Christus
D. Sola Fide
E. Soli Deo Gloria
Read: The Cambridge Declaration

VI. The Five Points of Calvinism
Read: The Five Points of Calvinism by Edwin Palmer and Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 13-20, 7, 29-31, and the Westminster Confession Chapter XVII.

VII. The Sacraments

A. Baptism
B. The Lord's Table
Read: Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 94, 96-97

VIII. Eschatology

A. The four major systems
B. The Second Coming of Christ and the Last Judgment
Read: Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 37-38 and Confession of Faith Chapters XXXII and XXXIII.

IX. Ecclesiology

A. The Different Systems
B. Church Discipline
C. Philosophy of Ministry and Structure
D. The Inevitable Problem(s) and Resolution
Read: Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter XXV,
1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, Matthew 18:15ff, and Hebrews 13:17.
Read: Life in the Father's House by Mack & Swavely

X. Church's Constitution

Read Church’s Constitution and Covenant.

XI. Introduce Programs

A. Secondary: prayer breakfast, fellowship dinners
B. Primary:
   1. Evangelism (Christianity Explained)
   2. Discipleship
      a. 2 Timothy 2:2, Matthew 28:19-20, 8:22, 10:32-34 & 38-39
      b. Practical (assess need and design curriculum)
   3. Formal Membership

What does this mean? >The Five Points of Calvinism
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