Costly Grace Discipleship Course

Most young people who are raised in the church leave it. This is a complex problem, but it all boils down to this: our churches and families are not turning our young people into resilient disciples. Instead, we are inculcating them in moralistic therapeutic deism. Costly Grace Discipleship is an 8-week course that aims to correct this. 

This ecumenical program will teach students:

  • The difference between cheap grace and costly grace (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
  • How to perform Biblical exegesis like a scholar
  • Basic Christian apologetics
  • How to thrive in Babylon through prayer, fasting, and by developing a Rule of Life
  • A Biblical view of the supernatural
  • How to recognize and counter pride, the Great Sin
  • Our need to let the Holy Spirit increasingly conform us to the image of Christ
  • How to resist the temptation to worship counterfeit gods
  • How to prepare for a Christian marriage
  • How to carry out the Great Commission
  • And much more…

This will be a transformational program for motivated students who want to ardently pursue Christ all summer. We will meet once per week for four hours (see sample schedule below). Intensive reading and Bible study will be required between meetings.

We will read James, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Silver Chair, and half of Mere Christianity. 

This course is for high school students and recent graduates.

The course will be taught by Bryan Baker.

We are still finalizing dates and location, but we are aiming to meet on Saturday mornings for 8 weeks, beginning in June. We are aiming to meet at a church in the West Valley (PHX).

We are still finalizing a cost for this course, but we can assure you that we won’t be making money off of it.

If you or your student would like to join us, please add yourself to our interest list.

First Meeting 

8:45: Arrival

9:00-9:50: Cheap Grace or Costly Grace? Lessons from Bonhoeffer

10:00-10:50: The Interpretive Journey–how to perform Biblical exegesis

  • What did the text mean to the Biblical audience?
  • What are the key differences between the Biblical audience and us?
  • What is the theological principle at work in this text?
  • Does our theological principle fit with the rest of Scripture?
  • How should Christians today live out this theological principle?

11:00-12:15: Apologetics Seminar: Mere Christianity, Book I, “The Meaning of the Universe”

12:15- 12:45: Lunch and fellowship

12:45: End

Second Meeting

8:30: Prayer

9:00-9:50: Biblical Seminar: James 1:1-18 (The Testing of Faith)

10:00-10:50: Spiritual Practices: how to thrive in Babylon

  • Prayer
  • Fasting
  • Sabbath
  • Developing a Rule of Life
  • Lectio Divina

11:00-12:15: Apologetics Seminar: Mere Christianity, Book II, “What Christians Believe”

12:15- 12:45: Lunch and fellowship

12:45: End

Third Meeting

8:30: Prayer

9:00-9:50: Biblical Seminar:  James 1:19-27 (Hearing and Doing the Word)

  • Students conduct exegesis before class

10:00-10:50: No Gospel But One: an exegesis of Galatians 1

11:00-12:15: Seminar: The Screwtape Letters, Chapters 1-17

12:15- 12:45: Lunch and fellowship

12:45: End

Fourth Meeting

8:30: Prayer

9:00-9:50: Biblical Seminar: James 2:1-13 (The Sin of Partiality)

  • Students conduct exegesis before class

10:00-10:50: Counterfeit Gods: our efforts to worship wealth, success, fame, and pleasure

11:00-12:15: Seminar: The Screwtape Letters, Chapters 18-31

12:15- 12:45: Lunch and fellowship

12:45: End

Fifth Meeting

8:30: Prayer

9:00-9:50: Biblical Seminar: James 2:14-26 (Faith Without Works is Dead)

  • Students conduct exegesis before class

10:00-10:50: TBD

11:00-12:15: Seminar: The Silver Chair (first half)

12:15- 12:45: Lunch and fellowship

12:45: End

Sixth Meeting

8:30: Prayer

9:00-9:50: Biblical Seminar: James 3:1-4:12 (Taming the Tongue)

  • Students conduct exegesis before class

10:00-10:50: Pride: The Great Sin

11:00-12:15: Seminar: The Silver Chair (second half)

12:15- 12:45: Lunch and fellowship

12:45: End

Seventh Meeting

8:30: Prayer

9:00-9:50: Biblical Seminar: James 4:13-5:12 (Patience in Suffering)

  • Students conduct exegesis before class

10:00-10:50: Christian Marriage: how to pick a spouse and how to stay married

11:00-12:15: Seminar: The Great Divorce (first half)

12:15- 12:45: Lunch and fellowship

12:45: End

Eighth Meeting

8:30: Prayer

9:00-9:50: Biblical Seminar: James 5:13-18 (The Prayer of Faith)

  • Students conduct exegesis before class

10:00-10:50: Film

11:00-12:15: Seminar: The Great Divorce (second half)

12:15- 12:45: Lunch and fellowship

12:45: End

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