If you could invest time in formal, systematic training that would solidify and expand your relationship with God and your understanding of God’s Word, would you do it? And what if you could do this at your own pace – in your own home?
I discovered during my time in formal training that you don’t need a master’s degree to know God. We have all the tools needed to allow the Bible to interpret itself. Seriously. After all, God’s Word is like treasure to be discovered and invested for good in the world – and for the glory of our King!
“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” – Acts 4:13
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (cutting a straight edge). – 2 Timothy 2:15
Here are several tracks of knowledge which will give you the tools you need to confidently and effectively use God’s Word to build His Kingdom into your life – and into the lives of the people you care about.
Collections of Essays:
There are three books I would like you to read. They can be purchased/downloaded on the home page of Fourthstream.com. Each one will be used to launch successive parts of our goal of self-training in the Word of God.
Curious Journey: Your Story Matters
The first is Curious Journey: Your Story Matters. This short book illustrates different components of our personal stories which can frame the motivating reasons to become someone who accurately represents God. There are 26 chapters (literally taking 5 minutes each to read) which are coupled with parallel Fourthstream posts which include brief audio/written content to guide you through that particular principle.
Kingdom: Finding our True Selves
Our second book examines the Kingdom from the book of Matthew. It is entitled Kingdom: Finding our True Selves. Did you know the Gospels mention church only once but the Kingdom over 100 times? Why is this? There are 18 brief chapters with corresponding podcast posts at Fourthstream.com.
Mentored by God: Finding Our Way in A Darkening World
Our final (brief) book is entitled Mentored by God: Finding Our Way in A Darkening World. 25 topics to walk through this conversation about how it all fits together, and how to address the great questions of life. Choose your book format and find podcast posts which will help you get the most from this mentoring conversation.
God Story Conversations
To understand the specifics of the Scriptures we must see the greater story. Here are 16 God Story Conversations which also include brief, thought-provoking videos and a guide to help get the most out of each.
The Streamsbook: 40 Days to Get to Know God’s Son
The Bible (and all of human history) revolves around the arrival, teaching, miracles, and plan for God’s Son Jesus. Here we offer The Streamsbook: 40 Days to Get to Know God’s Son. A full pdf reading guide with appropriate video to guide you through a solid foundation regarding Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.
Building Your Own Strong Home
Building Your Own Strong Home is key to multiplying your Kingdom life. This workbook series covers each part of our Strong Homes Workshop, and provides an excellent tool to accomplish this conversation in your own home and with others you care about. In addition, 42 podcast posts help animate each conversation.
Eight Great Epochs in the Fabric of Time
The Bible is quite expansive. Here is an in-depth reading guide to help navigate all 66 books of the God Story. Nowhere in the Bible are the words old and new testament used. There is One Testament of the Living God and His Son. Eight Great Epochs in the Fabric of Time sorts this out and explains how each book fits into a tapestry explaining the God-man conversation.
We also offer a Deeper reading course to help hone your skills for a lifetime of study of God’s Word. This interfaces with a study guide for each book of the Bible and includes 30 minute teachings for most books of the Bible. When put together with a recurring reading guide series of podcast-posts it gives you an evergreen structure for continuing connection with God’s eternal, supernatural Voice.
We now address how to experience Kingdom Spirituality. King first, then Kingdom, then church. 11 brief videos and a workbook (pdf or printed) with teaching videos which guide us through the foundation for the remainder of this conversational journey. The King comes first!
Engage Leadership Training
God has a unique take on leadership. He wants to lead through us, and for us to engage the process of bringing others closer to Him as we continue our own pursuit. Engage Leadership Training addresses the core topics of what it means to become a Christ-follower, and to help draw others into this epic, rewarding journey into eternity. 12 in-depth conversations with a pdf as well as video teaching content.
Book by Book
Here is a great asset for the person who wishes to spend his or her life searching the Word of God to greater and greater depths. Because the spiritual knowledge of the God Story is infinite, these book by book studies allow you to continue to mine treasure – going deeper than the characters and timeline. Use these docs/videos to systematically and intuitively grow – and to help others do the same. The deeper we go, the more we understand Him, and the more we will find context for our own lives of faith!
As you can see, over a relatively short period of time you can build the exact foundation you want to fuel your own pursuit of being God’s Man or God’s Woman.
Here’s the goal: to hear the words well done! Sound good? It does to us.
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’” – Matthew 25:23
Happy treasure hunting!
Dave & Burnadette Nadler and the Fourthstream Team