How Do You Guarantee Fruitful Ministry?

We've all tried plenty of tactics to bear fruit in our ministries. Some of them are not bad strategies, but at the end of it all, none of them guarantee success. What does Jesus tell us about fruitful ministry? "Depend on me." Katie Roberts teaches her exposition on John 15 to remind us of the only way we bear fruit.

Discipleship that Rests on the Gospel

When someone believes the gospel of grace, nothing is the same. The Holy Spirit teaches you, and you are transformed. You face all things with new eyes and new hearts. Yet as you carry on in life it is easy to forget the implications of the gospel that has changed you. You need to remember the gospel and how it affects everything you face. And that is exactly what the people you disciple need as well. To powerfully disciple others, we must root what we teach them in the gospel, because each person needs Jesus’ grace to apply to her situation. Taught by Taylor Turkington at Verity Conference 2015. Visit our website for the handout.

Writing and Picking Bible Studies

Writing or choosing the perfect Bible study material for your particular ministry can be challenging. You want to write a Bible study for the women under your care but don’t know where to start. You need to pick the right Bible study for your small group but feel overwhelmed with endless options. This interactive workshop is designed to simplify the process of writing and/or picking Bible study material. Grasp the greatest need of every woman in your ministry and see how that need is the interpretative grid for all other Bible study needs. Learn basic steps to follow as you write or pick a Bible study so you don’t lose precious time starting from scratch with each new study. Leave empowered to write or select Christ-centered curriculum for your specific ministry! Taught by Whitney Woollard at Verity Forum 2016. Visit our website for handouts.

Power, Purpose, and Practicality of Bible Study

Bible studies take work-organizing, facilitating, praying. Sometimes it’s sweat and tears poured out for the people who attend. And if we don’t have a big vision for what Bible studies do, we can become worn out and ready to be done. Moreover, if we do this poorly, people can walk away with the idea that not only are we unintelligible and irrelevant, but God is as well.   But the reality is that Bible studies are important. They are transformative. They are the places where God’s people use their gifts, engage with each other, and meet with God Himself.  So, let’s do this. (Read in Home Depot “let’s do this” voice.) Let’s talk about why we gather. Let’s talk about the doctrine that motivates our studies. Let’s talk about the nitty gritty of how we do it and do it well. Let’s remember the significance of Bible studies, so we are encouraged to continue in this worthy task. Taught by Taylor Turkington at Verity Forum 2016. Visit our website for the handout.

Gospel Ministry for Your Heart

When we think about the growth of the gospel, we often view it in terms of quantity, the lost being saved. Yet the growth of the gospel is also about quality, the maturity of believers. This means that we need to have the gospel ministered to our own hearts continually. This workshop delves into the biblical teaching on our own need for the gospel and then how to apply these truths. Specifically, we'll look at what it means to be in partnership with our heavenly Father, how to depend on Jesus every day and the benefits of the gift of the Holy Spirit. As a result, you'll be better equipped to love others well. Along the way, you'll be reminded of the beauty of Christ, so that you will leave with his song in your heart again. This was delivered by Katie Roberts at Verity Forum 2016. Visit our website to view the handout.

Grasping the Genre of Your Text

The Bible is a work of literary brilliance best understood when the multi-faceted nature of its genres is fully appreciated. As you learn to identify and read these different genres you will comprehend the whole biblical message in a more accurate and transformative way. This workshop is designed to teach you how to do just that! Outline the literary genres of the biblical books and discover how to read each one according to its unique style. Learn how to avoid interpretative pitfalls and common misconceptions with simple instruction on genre. Leave equipped to better grasp the meaning of Scripture and apply it correctly in a meaningful way. This practical, hands-on workshop is for any one who desires to clearly understand the Bible by grasping the genres of each text. Taught by Whitney Woollard at Verity Forum 2016, for the handouts visit our website at VerityFellowship.org and select Events.

Your Text in the Light of Christ

In Luke 24, Jesus explained to the disciples that the entire Old Testament testifies of him.  This gives us a framework within which we can understand each passage in the Bible.  But how do we take a text and tie it to Jesus in the way the Holy Spirit intended?  This workshop will help you take your text and do just that.  Drawing on the work of Sidney Greidanus and Graeme Goldsworthy, we’ll look at ways to rightly understand Christ in the Old Testament, including redemptive history, typology and the fulfillment of promises.  In an interactive format, we’ll take these ways and apply them to various texts.  You’ll leave even better equipped to understand the text you’re teaching in the light of Christ. Taught by Katie Roberts at Verity Forum 2016; for the handouts please visit our website at VerityFellowship.org under Events.

What is Greatness in the Kingdom?

Who is considered great in our society? How is greatness identified? In the kingdom of God greatness looks differently than in the world. Jesus teaches us in Luke 22:24-27 that true greatness looks like service. The greats are those who bend down and lower themselves, for true leaders look like Jesus. Teaching by Taylor Turkington at Verity Forum 2016.

Discipleship is Intentional Directed Relationship

Jesus says, "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19) Jesus modeled a relational discipleship process that had a purpose, a destination, and a goal! He challenges his disciples to do the same, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-10). Everything?  Really!?!  How do we teach those we are discipling to grow up in their faith and in turn disciple others. In this workshop we will build a discipleship framework that can be a guiding tool in your discipleship of others at every stage of development. Taught by Shana Powell at Verity Forum 2016. For the handouts, go to www.verityfellowship.org/events and select Verity Forum 2016

Getting the Gospel

Let's unpack the actual content of the gospel in order to bring clarity and precision to its powerful message. Let's be able to state it succinctly and clearly. For, the gospel gives both the grace that anchors our faith and the grace to powerfully transform us as we walk. Having a firm grip on this truth will guide you as you minister the gospel to yourself and others. Hear anew the good news of what Jesus Christ has done – it really is the A-Z of the Christian life. Taught by Keri Seavey at Verity Forum 2016. Visit our website under Events for the handouts.

Is the Work Really Worth It?

Is the work really worth it? It’s a genuine question. The daily sacrifice we chose in ministering to others can feel crushing. Katie expounds Gal. 6:7-10 and asks us to check what we are sowing before we answer. Yet, with Jesus before us, we do not to lose heart, for he has offered us the best promises. From the main session of Verity Forum 2016.

Thoughts on Discipling Women

If there has ever been a need for women in the Kingdom of God to rise up and take their place as disciple-makers, the time is now. But how? How do we tangible move beyond ourselves to a place where we are genuinely and joyfully investing in the lives of other women? Bethany Allen explains and challenges at Verity Forum 2016.

Understanding Redemptive History

The Bible is one, cohesive story about God's redemption of his people through the work of Christ. This workshop by Whitney Woollard will explain the concept of redemptive history, show how the Bible fits together, and enable you to begin to apply these concepts to your teaching.

Tracing Biblical Themes

One of the most exciting things about the one, cohesive story of the Bible is that you can see themes running throughout, like threads that lead us to the tapestry of the bigger picture.  Our eyes are opened as we pay attention to how they progress and develop. This workshop will show you the beautiful unity of God's Word as we trace various themes leading us to Christ. Biblical theology themes not only help us read our Bibles better, but they reveal clear application for everyday life. We'll rejoice in seeing both. By Taylor Turkington at Verity Conference 2016.

Christ in the Pentateuch

Katie Roberts helps us see how the first five books of the Bible also point us to Jesus. She admits that sometimes the Old Testament can seem disconnected from grace of the New Testament, especially in the first five books of the Bible. But Jesus said that the entire Bible, including Moses, pointed to him and the gospel. This workshop will show you how the author of the Pentateuch arranged his writing to clearly point to the Messiah. You will be better equipped to teach this section of Scripture in the light of Christ.