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A curriculum is a progressive course of study. There are 3 specific instances where a progressive course of study is mentioned around Jesus:
1-Jesus, on the road to Emmaus, had a progressive course of study in mind as he shared with the men: Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. (Luke 24:13-32)
2-Jesus may have had an informal, progressive course of study in mind, when he said to “make disciples by going, baptizing, and by teaching them to observe all I commanded you.”(Matthew 28:19-20)
3-Jesus spent 40 days teaching his early disciples: To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. (Acts 1) In the same way Jesus taught the two disciples on the Emmaus Road in a systematic way, it seems to us what he felt was most important for them to understand about the Kingdom was a progressive course of study that took several days. It was a “boot camp!”
The real need we know to be true is three-fold: 1) Too many friends love Jesus and can parrot back the “right” answers to key questions, but may not have inhaled the transformation of Jesus yet. Without transformation there is no discipleship.
2) There are hundreds, if not thousands, of small groups that continue to meet without any progressive course of study. They don’t know what to do. They don’t know there is so much more to embrace about Jesus and the Kingdom. There are even more potential groups that either haven’t started to meet or began and faded away, because they don’t know what to do. It’s not enough to have information in hand; there is a great need to provide ways to advance the conversation of Jesus. We believe disciples must not only know Jesus and his teachings, but must be conversant with what they know. To be conversant is evidence that they have embraced Jesus for themselves.
3) In order to respond to the mandate of Jesus to make disciples of all nations, we are convinced the small group strategy is best. Small group is the most effective vehicle for transformation and discipleship.
Wherever we go, we advance the conversation of Jesus and leave small groups behind to continue the Jesus movement. We encourage you to do the same, wherever you go. In the past, we have left the groups excited, but without any track to run on. NOW, Tamrat and I have completed the new Jesus curriculum, THE WAY Volume I: PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION. You will soon see how to get your hands on this new tool. Use it in a group you’re presently in or start a new group. Jesus commands us to make disciples; now let’s be about doing it!