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Basic Training at First

B.A.S.I.C. Training is First Lutheran's process for helping people create a strong foundation in the Christian faith. It's for people exploring the faith, for new believers and for anyone who wants to get back to basics. BASIC stands for Bible, Adoration, Salvation, Imitation and Church/Call. We believe that these things are key components of the Christian faith that everyone who wants to be a disciple of Jesus needs to understand.

B.A.S.I.C. Overview


What is the Bible? Why do we read it? What's in it? How can something so old still be relevant to my life? Is the Bible trustworthy? These are important questions that will be answered through seven 20-30 minute videos taught by our Minister of Faith formation, Michaela Eskew and our Senior Pastor, Travis Norton. The links will be on this page beginning Wednesday, January 13th 2021. Pastor Travis will also lead a zoom class on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. to view the videos and have discussion. 

The best way to grow in your understanding of the Bible is to read it. There are many fantastic Bible reading plans online. We like the Book of Faith plan and will be using it in 2021. If you'd like to read the Bible as part of a group, we've established a Facebook Group to follow the Survey track of the reading plan. We'll post each day and invite comments and questions. Pastors from First Lutheran will be engaged to help answer questions as they arise.


How can we have a relationship with God? How do we pray? Does God speak to us? How can we know what God is saying? What does it mean to Worship? How do I deepen my spiritual life? Adoration is about a relationship of loving God. We off a daily journal used during the 40 days of lent February 17-April 3 to grow in your personal relationship with God. Adoration is about knowing and worshipping God. This journal will help us strengthen and deepen our prayer time with God and learn how to develop a lifelong relationship with the Divine. The journal will be available February 27, 2021


How can I be saved? Who is God? Why did Jesus die? What is the meaning of life? Is there a heaven? We will offer a video class taught by Pastor Travis beginning April 14 and going weekly through May 26, 2021 to address these questions and gain a strong theological foundation.


The goal of the Christian life is to become like Jesus. A disciple is someone who learns from Jesus and imitates his way of life. We'll offer a way for you to explore more about how Jesus lived and prayerfully consider how you might become more like him. Imitation begins June 6, 2021


Do you ever wonder why we need organized religion? Why can't I just live my faith by myself? Why did Jesus establish a church and what is my part in it? Pastor Carrie Baylis will teach a course on the church, its mission and how God has made each of us in a unique way to serve God and others. The course will culminate in an opportunity to explore using your God given gifts. This class begins September 8, 2021

BASIC Sessions