Registration for online classes for Life in the Word, School for Christian Growth and Family Life Seminars are now closed. Registration for the next quarter will begin on 7 Mar so stay tuned!

Quarter 1 2021 begins on 3 Jan with classes at 9am and 1pm.

Next Step Lesson 1 to 6 (3 – 24 Jan)

Next Step provides teaching from the Bible to help pre-believers or new believers know their need for God and God’s plan of salvation for their lives. This class will provide scriptural basis for understanding what “new birth” is and why it is important. It will also help students know what it takes to be assured that their salvation is real and secure. Lastly, Next Step will prepare students for the Encounter Retreat by providing an overview of the Encounter experience and helping them to see their need for it.

The Word

This is an introductory course to help young believers know the importance of the Bible, which is the word of God, in their new lives in Christ. The first half of the course is devoted to a study of the nature of the Word of God and its practical benefits in a believer’s life. The second-half deals with the devotional aspects of study and the application of the Word of God. Included in this second section are lessons that instruct students in the different methods of Bible study. The desired outcome of this course is that students will commit themselves to a habit of studying the Word of God daily.

Prayer

This course complements the course on “The Word”. These two courses should be taken together in the same quarter. This study on ‘Prayer’ introduces new believers to the importance of prayer and the different aspects in which prayer may be expressed in their lives. The objectives of this course are not only to inculcate a habit of prayer, but also to move a believer’s prayer life from one of desire to discipline and finally to one of joy and delight.

Fruit of the Spirit

There are two natures within us. What we become depends on whether we allow the Holy Spirit or our own sinful nature to control us. This course will show you how to let Christ change you by the Holy Spirit. By examining the nine characteristics of the fruit of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, you will be compelled to examine your own life for evidence of the fruit of the Spirit. You will also be challenged to allow God to produce in you this Christ-like character.

Christian Character and Conduct

The Christian mould has been set from God’s eternal perspective, as evidenced by Paul’s teaching in Romans 8:29. There, Paul stated that God intends every believer to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. This course is very practical; students will learn from the Scriptures what it means “to be like Jesus.” Christians will find this course enriching, challenging and interesting.

Romans and Galatians

Romans and Galatians are the two letters written by Paul to ensure that believers will have the knowledge and legacy of the one true Gospel of Jesus Christ. In Romans, Paul deduced systematically the fact of man’s sinfulness. It is only in Christ and what He did on the Cross that man can receive forgiveness of sin and be reconciled to God. Paul wrote Galatians because of the threat of a dangerous heresy taught by the “Judaizers”, who insisted that Gentiles had to be circumcised before they could become Christians. For Paul, this was a repudiation of the truth that man’s salvation is by faith and not by works of the law. As with all Paul’s letters, the great doctrinal truths taught are then applied to practical Christian living.

Teaching Methodology

This is an innovative “hands-on” course to equip the student with the theory and skills needed to teach effectively in a Cell Group or in a class setting. Students will receive the principles of teaching as well as apply these principles in this interactive course. These will form the basis of different methods to help students know how to plan their presentation of the Cell Group lessons. Students will have the opportunity to test out what they have learned in the practice sessions provided as part of this course.

Major topics include:
• Jesus as the Model Teacher
• Effective Teaching Using Verbal & Non- Verbal Communication
• Dos and Don’ts of Teaching
• How to Use Questions Effectively
• Meeting the Needs of the Members through effective teaching methods

Communication

This course covers the principles and practices of communication and blends skills with principles. The objective of this course is to help students be more effective in their ability to communicate especially in relating with fellow believers and in sharing the Gospel.

The course will cover topics such as:
• How to speak clearly, concisely, and convincingly
• How to hear what is said and not said
• How to use body language to achieve maximum results
• How to identify communication barriers and to minimise them

Church Planting Training Programme 1

The CPTP 1 is a preparatory class to introduce participants to life in missions. This course is intended to present a practical overview of the different aspects of VFC’s missions programme. You will be adequately informed on the main aspects of becoming a member of a missions team.

Casting Out Demons

This course provides teaching on the existence, origin and nature of demonic spirits. It exposes their real agenda and purposes. An important part of the study shows how people provide access for demon spirits to get into their lives and how demon spirits manifest themselves. The second half of the course will equip students with the knowledge for deliverance, casting out demons through the power of the Holy Spirit and the exercise of spiritual gifts. Instructions are also given on how the ones who are delivered can maintain their condition of liberty so that they can experience a life of victory in Christ.

The Christian Family

The family as an institution is under tremendous pressure. What better way to understand how to build a family than to return to the plans of its Designer? This course seeks to impart a Biblical understanding of the family as the institution that God has designed it to be. It shares important principles on the roles of the husband/father, wife/mother and children and their relationships with one another from the Word of God.

Introduction to Ministry Giftings

Paul states clearly and unequivocally that God has given every believer gifts that they can then use to grow the church. Beyond just general gifts and abilities, the Bible is clear that we are also given unique, dominant gifts that will not only edify the church but also equip God’s people. This series of classes is designed to help you discover your dominant gift, develop it systematically at each level as it grows, and eventually equip you to build others who have the same gift.

Following this introduction course, there will be 5 more Ministry Gifting classes offered at various levels of the CDP.

Theology

This course seeks to introduce you to the subject of theology — the study of God and the things associated with God and His work in creation. A broad-based approach will be taken to survey the main subjects, including:
• The Bible — its origin, nature and its supernatural character
• God — His existence, His nature and attributes
• Sin — its origin, cause and effect
• Salvation — its purpose and the means by which it is accomplished

The outcome we seek in studying theology is to equip believers with the knowledge of their faith so that they are able “to give a defence to everyone who asks them a reason for the hope that is in them” (1 Peter 3:15). We do this by ensuring that we have an understanding and a working knowledge of the main tenets of the Christian faith and the assurance of our identity as children of God.

Ministry Gifting 5 (Administration and Ministry Co-ordination)

Administration serves all the other ministries in the areas of administration, finance, facilities, systems, property and logistic support. Students in this course will be taught the vital importance of this ministry, without which the other ministries will not be able to function at optimal levels.

Ministry co-ordination oversees and coordinates all other ministry programmes of the church. This course presents how ministry coordination ensures ministries dovetail their effort for the smooth running of each ministry programme.

Pentateuch

The Pentateuch represents the first major section of the Old Testament and the Bible as a whole. It begins with the creation of the heavens and the earth, and of man. It ends with the formation of a new nation with the people of God poised and ready to enter the Promised Land. The student will receive an overview of the place, plan and purpose of the Pentateuch within the overall context of the Old and New Testaments. This course explores the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy and presents the outline of each book, its main message and major themes.

Life of Abraham

Abraham is one of the most important characters in the Bible. He is known both as the father of the Jewish people as well as the father of faith for all true believers of the Lord Jesus Christ. In this study, we will trace the call of God on Abraham and the fulfilment of that call through a life of faith and obedience. Along the way, you will learn valuable lessons both through Abraham’s compromise and failures as well as his acts of faith. Above all, we will see God’s over-ruling power, which brought Abraham to the place where he was able to fulfil God’s covenant promise, so that in him “all the families of the earth shall be blessed”.

Lives of the Apostles

In this study, we will consider the lives of the apostles, with attention to James, Andrew, Philip, and Thomas and special attention to Peter, John and Paul. You will be encouraged to know that most of the apostles who started out with Jesus were men of average intellect, mostly poor and illiterate, many with character flaws and lacking the ingredients the world thinks are necessary for success and leadership. Yet they overcame their weaknesses and personal failures to become the pillars of the Church. Through their examples, you will realise that no matter what your position in life may be, God has the power to transform you into someone who will impact society for good and advance the cause of His kingdom.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit

In troubling and uncertain times, we have a power source that does not change. Jesus asked His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for this power. This course explores ways to grow in intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Moreover, students will learn how to receive and walk in His wisdom, strength and anointing.

Victory in Spiritual Warfare

We have an enemy that will do all in his power to prevent us from walking in the call and destiny God has for us. The bible warns us not to be ignorant of his devices and schemes. This course gives students a biblical understanding of our position in Christ, how we can effectively utilize our spiritual weapons and fight from the place of victory in Christ.

Anchors for Life’s Changes (3 Jan – 7 Feb)

“Anchors for Life’s Changes” aims to help emerging young adults transit fruitfully into working life, adult relationships, and Kingdom stewardship. They will learn to anchor their lives in the word of God and Kingdom community. They will also understand principles of Kingdom living and acquire strategies to overcome worldly culture.

LEVEL 1

Next Step Lesson 1 to 6 (3 – 24 Jan)

Next Step provides teaching from the Bible to help pre-believers or new believers know their need for God and God’s plan of salvation for their lives. This class will provide scriptural basis for understanding what “new birth” is and why it is important. It will also help students know what it takes to be assured that their salvation is real and secure. Lastly, Next Step will prepare students for the Encounter Retreat by providing an overview of the Encounter experience and helping them to see their need for it.

The Word

This is an introductory course to help young believers know the importance of the Bible, which is the word of God, in their new lives in Christ. The first half of the course is devoted to a study of the nature of the Word of God and its practical benefits in a believer’s life. The second-half deals with the devotional aspects of study and the application of the Word of God. Included in this second section are lessons that instruct students in the different methods of Bible study. The desired outcome of this course is that students will commit themselves to a habit of studying the Word of God daily.

Prayer

This course complements the course on “The Word”. These two courses should be taken together in the same quarter. This study on ‘Prayer’ introduces new believers to the importance of prayer and the different aspects in which prayer may be expressed in their lives. The objectives of this course are not only to inculcate a habit of prayer, but also to move a believer’s prayer life from one of desire to discipline and finally to one of joy and delight.

LEVEL 2

Fruit of the Spirit

There are two natures within us. What we become depends on whether we allow the Holy Spirit or our own sinful nature to control us. This course will show you how to let Christ change you by the Holy Spirit. By examining the nine characteristics of the fruit of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23, you will be compelled to examine your own life for evidence of the fruit of the Spirit. You will also be challenged to allow God to produce in you this Christ-like character.

Christian Character and Conduct

The Christian mould has been set from God’s eternal perspective, as evidenced by Paul’s teaching in Romans 8:29. There, Paul stated that God intends every believer to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. This course is very practical; students will learn from the Scriptures what it means “to be like Jesus.” Christians will find this course enriching, challenging and interesting.

Romans and Galatians

Romans and Galatians are the two letters written by Paul to ensure that believers will have the knowledge and legacy of the one true Gospel of Jesus Christ. In Romans, Paul deduced systematically the fact of man’s sinfulness. It is only in Christ and what He did on the Cross that man can receive forgiveness of sin and be reconciled to God. Paul wrote Galatians because of the threat of a dangerous heresy taught by the “Judaizers”, who insisted that Gentiles had to be circumcised before they could become Christians. For Paul, this was a repudiation of the truth that man’s salvation is by faith and not by works of the law. As with all Paul’s letters, the great doctrinal truths taught are then applied to practical Christian living.

LEVEL 3

Teaching Methodology

This is an innovative “hands-on” course to equip the student with the theory and skills needed to teach effectively in a Cell Group or in a class setting. Students will receive the principles of teaching as well as apply these principles in this interactive course. These will form the basis of different methods to help students know how to plan their presentation of the Cell Group lessons. Students will have the opportunity to test out what they have learned in the practice sessions provided as part of this course.

Major topics include:
• Jesus as the Model Teacher
• Effective Teaching Using Verbal & Non- Verbal Communication
• Dos and Don’ts of Teaching
• How to Use Questions Effectively
• Meeting the Needs of the Members through effective teaching methods

Communication

This course covers the principles and practices of communication and blends skills with principles. The objective of this course is to help students be more effective in their ability to communicate especially in relating with fellow believers and in sharing the Gospel.

The course will cover topics such as:
• How to speak clearly, concisely, and convincingly
• How to hear what is said and not said
• How to use body language to achieve maximum results
• How to identify communication barriers and to minimise them

Church Planting Training Programme 1

The CPTP 1 is a preparatory class to introduce participants to life in missions. This course is intended to present a practical overview of the different aspects of VFC’s missions programme. You will be adequately informed on the main aspects of becoming a member of a missions team.

Casting Out Demons

This course provides teaching on the existence, origin and nature of demonic spirits. It exposes their real agenda and purposes. An important part of the study shows how people provide access for demon spirits to get into their lives and how demon spirits manifest themselves. The second half of the course will equip students with the knowledge for deliverance, casting out demons through the power of the Holy Spirit and the exercise of spiritual gifts. Instructions are also given on how the ones who are delivered can maintain their condition of liberty so that they can experience a life of victory in Christ.

LEVEL 4

The Christian Family

The family as an institution is under tremendous pressure. What better way to understand how to build a family than to return to the plans of its Designer? This course seeks to impart a Biblical understanding of the family as the institution that God has designed it to be. It shares important principles on the roles of the husband/father, wife/mother and children and their relationships with one another from the Word of God.

LEVEL 5

Introduction to Ministry Giftings

Paul states clearly and unequivocally that God has given every believer gifts that they can then use to grow the church. Beyond just general gifts and abilities, the Bible is clear that we are also given unique, dominant gifts that will not only edify the church but also equip God’s people. This series of classes is designed to help you discover your dominant gift, develop it systematically at each level as it grows, and eventually equip you to build others who have the same gift.

Following this introduction course, there will be 5 more Ministry Gifting classes offered at various levels of the CDP.

LEVEL 6

Theology

This course seeks to introduce you to the subject of theology — the study of God and the things associated with God and His work in creation. A broad-based approach will be taken to survey the main subjects, including:
• The Bible — its origin, nature and its supernatural character
• God — His existence, His nature and attributes
• Sin — its origin, cause and effect
• Salvation — its purpose and the means by which it is accomplished

The outcome we seek in studying theology is to equip believers with the knowledge of their faith so that they are able “to give a defence to everyone who asks them a reason for the hope that is in them” (1 Peter 3:15). We do this by ensuring that we have an understanding and a working knowledge of the main tenets of the Christian faith and the assurance of our identity as children of God.

Ministry Gifting 5 (Administration and Ministry Co-ordination)

Administration serves all the other ministries in the areas of administration, finance, facilities, systems, property and logistic support. Students in this course will be taught the vital importance of this ministry, without which the other ministries will not be able to function at optimal levels.

Ministry co-ordination oversees and coordinates all other ministry programmes of the church. This course presents how ministry coordination ensures ministries dovetail their effort for the smooth running of each ministry programme.

LEVEL 7

Pentateuch

The Pentateuch represents the first major section of the Old Testament and the Bible as a whole. It begins with the creation of the heavens and the earth, and of man. It ends with the formation of a new nation with the people of God poised and ready to enter the Promised Land. The student will receive an overview of the place, plan and purpose of the Pentateuch within the overall context of the Old and New Testaments. This course explores the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy and presents the outline of each book, its main message and major themes.

LEVEL 8

Life of Abraham

Abraham is one of the most important characters in the Bible. He is known both as the father of the Jewish people as well as the father of faith for all true believers of the Lord Jesus Christ. In this study, we will trace the call of God on Abraham and the fulfilment of that call through a life of faith and obedience. Along the way, you will learn valuable lessons both through Abraham’s compromise and failures as well as his acts of faith. Above all, we will see God’s over-ruling power, which brought Abraham to the place where he was able to fulfil God’s covenant promise, so that in him “all the families of the earth shall be blessed”.

LEVEL 9

Lives of the Apostles

In this study, we will consider the lives of the apostles, with attention to James, Andrew, Philip, and Thomas and special attention to Peter, John and Paul. You will be encouraged to know that most of the apostles who started out with Jesus were men of average intellect, mostly poor and illiterate, many with character flaws and lacking the ingredients the world thinks are necessary for success and leadership. Yet they overcame their weaknesses and personal failures to become the pillars of the Church. Through their examples, you will realise that no matter what your position in life may be, God has the power to transform you into someone who will impact society for good and advance the cause of His kingdom.

SCG

Empowered by the Holy Spirit

In troubling and uncertain times, we have a power source that does not change. Jesus asked His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for this power. This course explores ways to grow in intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Moreover, students will learn how to receive and walk in His wisdom, strength and anointing.

Victory in Spiritual Warfare

We have an enemy that will do all in his power to prevent us from walking in the call and destiny God has for us. The bible warns us not to be ignorant of his devices and schemes. This course gives students a biblical understanding of our position in Christ, how we can effectively utilize our spiritual weapons and fight from the place of victory in Christ.

FAMILY LIFE SEMINAR

Anchors for Life’s Changes (3 Jan – 7 Feb)

“Anchors for Life’s Changes” aims to help emerging young adults transit fruitfully into working life, adult relationships, and Kingdom stewardship. They will learn to anchor their lives in the word of God and Kingdom community. They will also understand principles of Kingdom living and acquire strategies to overcome worldly culture.