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Equipping Online

The Essentials of the Faith

Study the Bible effectively, defend your faith, and gain a deeper appreciation for Jesus as the centerpiece of Scripture.

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In the age of social distancing, how do we engage with Scripture and discover more about the God who holds all Creation in his hands?

Watermark’s seven Equipping Online Courses offer a variety of opportunities for you to strengthen your faith and gain a greater understanding of God’s Word.

Equipping Online Courses, starting March 26 through May 21, are now available to community groups and individuals free of charge. Each week, participants will listen to audio recordings of the teaching content and take part in weekly reading assignments, discussion questions, and quizzes to review the material.

Circle up with your community group and take this opportunity to expand your understanding of Scripture and deepen your walk with Christ.

Cover to Cover

The Story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation

During this course, you will be guided through the entire Bible to give you an understanding of the structure, timeline, and major themes of Scripture.

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The Life of Christ

The Mission and Message of Jesus

This course will give you a deeper appreciation for Jesus as we examine the context, claims, works, message, death, and resurrection of the greatest life ever lived.

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Following Jesus

Foundations of Christian Discipleship

This course will help you understand the foundations of Christian discipleship. You will gain a deeper knowledge of the Christian life and a clear way forward to grow in your relationship with Jesus.

Discovering Scripture

The Origin and Reliability of God’s Written Word

Where did Scripture come from? What confidence do we have that it is reliable? What relevance does an ancient book have for our lives today? In this course you will discover the origin, reliability, and relevance of God’s written Word.

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Keys to Effective Bible Study

How to Read, Interpret, and Apply the Bible

Do you ever wonder if your understanding of Scripture is accurate? Do you find it challenging to interpret the Bible? Are you looking to gain skills to enhance your study of God’s written Word? This course will equip you with the tools you need to effectively read, interpret, and apply Scripture.

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Know What You Believe

Understanding the Essentials of Christianity

Are you able to explain the basic beliefs of the Christian faith? Do you know why you believe what you believe? This course will teach you the essentials of Christianity and the implications doctrine has on decisions we make every day.

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Answering the Tough Ones

How to Respond to Skeptics

How confident are you at answering commonly asked questions of the Christian faith? This course will equip you to give an accurate, measured, biblical response to issues like the problem of evil, the reliability of Scripture, and various pressing social issues.

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Equipping Online for Community Groups

Get equipped with your community group through group-based learning and discussion that guides you into a deeper understanding of the Christian faith.

This flexible format provides an opportunity for all members to participate. Discussion questions are embedded in the course to stimulate conversation and growth as you study Scripture together. Each week, you and your group listen to audio recordings of the teaching content and take part in weekly reading assignments, discussion questions, and review quizzes.

Cost: FREE during COVID-19.

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Equipping Online FAQs

Can someone take a course any time they want? When do the Equipping Online Courses meet?

It depends. If a community group chooses to take a course together, they can customize the start date to their needs. Because individuals will be placed in a cohort with other people, this requires an official start and end time. For individuals, we offer these courses multiple times each year. Since the course is completely online, learners have the flexibility to participate in discussion questions, listen to the material, and view the content at a time and location convenient for them.

Can a whole Community Group take a course together?

Absolutely. This is HIGHLY encouraged. Community Group registration can be found here. Individual registration can be found here.

Can a learner request to be in the same cohort “online course group” with other people that are taking the same Equipping Online Course together?

Yes. Please email equippingonline@watermark.org for more information.

How long is each course?

Each course is 6 weeks of content. Community groups can customize how long it takes them to move through the course. For individuals, each person has 8 weeks to complete the course.

Is there a specific order to take the Equipping Online Courses?

We recommend taking the courses in the listed order, but it is only a recommendation. Pray about and process with your community which order is best for you. Click here for all courses offered.

How does a learner get access to the course material?

After registering for an Equipping Online Course, an invitation is emailed to people the week the course starts. Each person must click “accept” in the email invitation. If someone has never taken a course, they will need to create a Pathwright account, which is not the same as a Watermark account. Once they have created an account and logged in, they will have access to their course material. For individuals in a cohort, new material will unlock each Thursday morning.

What is the average time per week that learners spend on the course material?

The required material takes about 2 hours a week to complete. Each course also offers about an hour’s worth of additional, but highly recommended, reading material.

Is the Equipping Online Courses an online version of Equipped Disciple?

No, the Equipping Online Courses cover different materials.

What happens if a learner falls behind in the content?

Community groups can customize their schedule and pace. For individuals, each Equipping Online Course has an 8 week window to complete the entire content. If someone falls behind during the 8 week window for the course, they will still have access to the material. For example, if the course is currently in its fourth week of content but learners have only completed week 2, they still have access to all 4 weeks’ worth of content. Learners have the flexibility to catch up within the 8-week window.

Can a learner take more than one course at a time?

Yes, but we recommend taking no more than two courses at a time to ensure that learners are able to master the content.

Does a learner have to be a member of Watermark Community Church to participate in an Equipping Online Course? Does the learner have to be a Christian to participate in an Equipping Online Course?

No. The courses are open to everyone. We have had learners from around the world, including Turkey and Australia! We hope that the courses will encourage learners who have not trusted in Christ to explore His claims and to answer the question, “Who do you say I am?”

Will individuals have access to the course materials after the 8 week window expires?

People who do not finish within the 8-week window will no longer have access to the course materials when the window closes. To regain access, they must re-register and take the course again. Those who complete the entire course will continue to have access to all course materials even when the course window is closed.