UPC Biblical Training Goals

Our Design 

(Genesis 1:27) - Mind, Heart, Will, Soul

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

God is a personal being, not an impersonal force.  That means he has a mind, will and emotions.  Since man is created in the image of God man also has those attributes.  Man also has an eternal soul.

Our Purpose

(Mark 12:28-34) - The First and Second Greatest Commandments

28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"

29"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. 'There is no commandment greater than these."

Biblical Training Goals

The overarching goal of biblical training is to ensure that each believer fulfills his purpose according to his design.  To achieve that end there are four goals of biblical training addressing each part of his being and the command to love God fully.

1. Pursue a relationship with God - Heart/Emotions (Seeking after God)

2. Gain knowledge and understanding of truth - Mind (Study of God and his truth)

3. Experience salvation through faith - Soul   (Salvation and Sanctification)

4. Be an ambassador of Christ - Strength/Will   (Service and Character)

 

UPC Biblical Training Overview

Curiosity Cave

Nursery/Preschool/Kindergarten

Focus: Exploring and discovering what is true about God and his creation.  Learning to seek, submit to and worship God.

Psalm 111:2 - Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.

 

Pathfinders

1st-4th grades

Focus: Developing personal character, understanding the nature and attributes of God and man, examining the outcome of choices and the need for a savior

Psalm 119:104-105 - I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

 

Junction

5th-8th grades

Focus: Learning to study God's word to gain knowledge and understanding to lay a good foundation for making good choices, discerning between truth and deception and where each leads (outcome of paths), recognizing one's personal need for a savior

Proverbs 9:10-12 - "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer."

 

Crossfire

9th-12th grades

Focus: Making a commitment to wholeheartedly follow Christ, being armed and ready for battle through knowledge and understanding of God's truth and the ability to apply it in real life, developing and following a biblical worldview

Ephesians 6:10-12 - Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

 

Threshold

College

Focus: Recognizing the fullness of what it means to be an adult and a believer in Christ, functioning well in the world without comprising the truth of God, making ethical and wise choices

Galatians 5:16-18 - So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

 

Adult

Focus: Growing in devotion to Christ and understanding of truth, discipleship of and raising up the next generation

Ephesians 4:11-16 - 11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

 14Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.