Equipping the Saints exists to provide systematic teaching for the entire church body on the essentials of being and making disciples.

The core courses below are set in an environment of mutual edification, exhortation, and spiritual growth that will benefit every follower of Jesus, and draw the body at RBC together in unity.

A disciple is a follower of Jesus who is growing in his or her knowledge, love, and joyful service to God and others.

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God…we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13,15)

Christ commands us to “go and make disciples.” This is the “ work of ministry” referred to by the Apostle Paul. This Kingdom assignment is for the whole body of Christ and all its members. In order to be a local church that is obedient to Christ’s command, we must be about the work, in the power of the Spirit, of equipping ourselves for this mission.

WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF DISCIPLESHIP?

WHO SHOULD ATTEND ETS COURSES?

EtS is for everyone interested in growing in their knowledge and love of Christ. Growing together as disciples of Christ is a top priority, if you consider Reston Bible Church to be your spiritual family, the Pastors and Elder Council of RBC strongly encourage you to take part.

“I’ve been a believer for a long time, so I’m not sure this is for me.”
To our faithful long-timers, EtS IS for you because, 1) We all still have more to learn, 2) Learning in community helps develop unity in the body, and 3) This is a great opportunity to rub shoulders with younger believers who you may be able to impact positively for the Kingdom.

“I’m too busy with other activities already.”
All EtS courses are modular (between four and six weeks long) to allow for you to take time away from other activities, if necessary, to invest in your walk with Jesus. It is a great tool to use with your Shepherd Group, accountability group, or with someone you are already discipling.

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF DISCIPLESHIP?

CORE COURSESThe following core classes are strongly encouraged for everyone at RBC, no matter your age, level of spiritual maturity, or time in fellowship at RBC.

One Body, Many Parts: Where Do I Fit?

This core class in four sessions covers a broad orientation to the "church" and to RBC's history, beliefs, and ministries. We will cover what it means to be a part of the body of Christ at RBC, and help you answer questions like, “Who am I?" "How has God fitted me for His service?" "Where do I go from here?” We will explore things like personality, spiritual gifts, and passions to help you understand how God has uniquely created you for growth and fruitfulness in His kingdom.

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. | Oct. 7-28
This session is being offered for couples (dating, engaged, and married) through the HomeFront couples ministry.
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Firm Foundation: Essential Christian Beliefs

This core class in six sessions is offered twice per year and helps you understand our core Christian beliefs regarding the nature of God, the nature of sin and the gospel, Christ’s work in making us holy (spiritually whole and set apart for God), the eternal security of the believer, the inerrancy of Scripture, and the Church, and more. You will develop your ability to explain these to others.

Sundays at 10:45 a.m. | Oct. 14 - Nov. 18
This course is now full. Please check again later to see when it will be offered next.

Engaging the Living Word

This core class in four sessions is offered twice per year. It covers the importance and power of the Word of God in the life of the believer, an overview of the Bible (structure, literary styles, history, big picture storyline), basic tools and techniques for Bible reading, interpretation, and Scripture engagement, and plans for Bible reading.

Sundays at 10:45 a.m. | Oct. 21 - Nov. 11
This class is now full. Please check back later to find out when it will be offered again.

World Mission Survey

This two-session class is held annually in the fall, and covers the biblical basis for world missions, a survey of the history of missions, RBC’s place in that history, and how individuals in the body can engage. Students will have an opportunity to learn more about RBC's missions committee, missions internship program, short-term missions opportunities, and ways to “adopt" a national or international missionary as a family or Shepherd Group. This class is recommended for everyone at RBC that has a heart for reaching the world with the good news of Jesus.

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. | Oct. 28 and Nov. 4
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Christ in You, the Hope of Glory

This core class in four sessions is offered once per year and in a very practical, hands-on way, asks and answers questions like, “How does Christ live out his life through me?” “How does God do his work of transformation and renewal in my life?” “How does one 'walk in the light as He is in the light'?” We will cover the basics of transformational, victorious Christian living and encourage one another to walk in the Spirit of Christ.

Winter/Spring 2019

On Becoming a Disciple Maker

This core class in four sessions is offered once per year. Have you grown up? Have you moved from being a spiritual infant, to a spiritual young person, to a spiritual adult, but stopped there? This essential course will give you the means and methods for becoming a spiritual parent and a replicating Jesus-follower, and it will give you a clear understanding of the importance and nature of discipleship in the life of every Jesus follower.

Winter/Spring 2019

No Greater Love

This core class in 4 sessions is offered once per year. The apostle Paul said, “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself” (Galatians 5:14). Do we love our neighbor enough to share the hope of Jesus with them? This practical class covers the biblical basis, methods, and styles of witness/evangelism and removes the fear factor ("Perfect love drives out fear" [1 John 4:18]) from being a faithful witness for our Savior.

Winter/Spring 2019

OTHER COURSES

Believer's Baptism

This one-session course is held once every three months and covers the biblical basis, purpose, and meaning of believer's baptism. It also covers how to prepare for baptism at RBC. This class is ideal for those who have recently come to faith in Jesus and would like to be baptized, those who are older in their faith but have not been baptized yet, as well as those just interested in learning about what RBC believes regarding believer's baptism.

Sunday at 12:30 p.m. | Room 240 | October 14
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Solid Ground

Do you have questions about faith, reason, atheism, science, creation, evolution, proving God exists or doesn’t, the reliability of the Bible, the reality of miracles, the evidence for God, the problem of evil, how free will works, the coherence of the Trinity, and other related subjects? Solid Ground is for you.

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Financial Peace

This nine-session class is held twice per year on Sunday evenings. Participants will learn how to beat debt, build wealth, find bargains, invest for the future, give like never before, and much more! This class is recommended for everyone at RBC whether you struggle financially or consider yourself financially stable. It is also highly recommended for the newly married, and recent high school or college graduates looking to start off life on the right financial foot.

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