Faith's Fundamentals Jack Cottrell 2002-06-11 Academic questions? Not according to Jack Cottrell. He believes our answers to questions like these decide whether we'll win against Satan's battle for our mind and soul. How should you answer these questions? What do you know about the essentials of Christian faith? In a world that says truth doesn't matter, discover what God says about these basics. In a culture that emphasizes feelings over facts, consider what God says you must believe - and why. Seven readable chapters explain foundational principles in language everyone can understand. The book is perfect for groups as well as for your own individual study.
Classical Christian Doctrine Ronald E. Heine 2013-03-15 This clear and concise text helps readers grasp the doctrines of the Christian faith considered basic from the earliest days of Christianity. Ronald Heine, an internationally known expert on early Christian theology, developed this book from a course he teaches that has been refined through many years of classroom experience. Heine primarily uses the classical Christian doctrines of the Nicene Creed to guide students into the essentials of the faith. This broadly ecumenical work will interest students of church history or theology as well as adult Christian education classes in church settings. Sidebars identify major personalities and concepts, and each chapter concludes with discussion questions and suggestions for further reading.
A Radical Faith James W. Goll 2011-09 Bestselling author and respected leader offers the only book/workbook combination on the fundamentals of faith for Spirit-empowered Christians; foreword by Jack Taylor.
Discipleship Essentials Greg Ogden 2009-11-11 We grow in Christ as we seek him together. Jesus' own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others and allow life to rub against life. By gathering in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we most closely follow Jesus' example with the twelve disciples. The workbook you hold is a tool designed to help you follow this pattern Jesus drew for us. Working through it will deepen your knowledge of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith.
Living Faith John Schwarz 2005-07-01 How were the books of the Bible chosen? What was the Roman world like during Jesus' life and ministry? And how are Christians to live out their faith in today's world? Living Faith offers thoughtful and engaging answers to questions about the faith, enabling believers of all backgrounds to understand Christianity more fully. John Schwarz compares and contrasts Christianity with other world religions, proposes helpful disciplines for a believer's spiritual growth, and provides a clear and balanced look at such controversial topics as free will and end-times theology. Informative, insightful, and practical, Living Faith is an ideal resource for group or personal study, and also serves as the participant's guide in the curriculum series Living Faith: Exploring the Essentials of Christianity by Tom Wright.
Christian Beliefs Wayne A. Grudem 2009-03-17 Not every Christian should go to seminary, but there are certain teachings of the Bible that every Christian must know. Theology is important because what we believe affects how we live. Whether you're a relatively new believer in Jesus or a mature Christian looking for a better understanding of basics of the faith, Christian Beliefs is for you. This readable guide to twenty basic Christian beliefs is a condensation of Wayne Grudem's award-winning book Systematic Theology, prized by pastors and teachers everywhere. He and his son, Elliot, have boiled down the essentials of Christian theology for the layperson and made them both clear and applicable to life. You will learn about the Bible, the characteristics of God, what it means that we are created in the image of God, what God has done for us in Christ, the purpose of the church, and much more. Each chapter includes questions for personal review or group discussion. "These truly are twenty basic beliefs that every Christian should know. Wayne Grudem is a master teacher with the ability to explain profound truths in simple language. He is a man of deep conviction and theological passion--and those who read this book will be both educated and encouraged in the faith." --R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky "Based on Systematic Theology, this summary will certainly help beginners with Christ to get the hang of their faith." --J. I. Packer, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia "As Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology contracts into a compact book, I do not lose my enthusiasm for the truth he loves and the clarity of his words." --John Piper, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Discipleship Essentials Greg Ogden 2009-11-11 We grow in Christ as we seek him together. Jesus' own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others and allow life to rub against life. By gathering in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we most closely follow Jesus' example with the twelve disciples. The workbook you hold is a tool designed to help you follow this pattern Jesus drew for us. Working through it will deepen your knowledge of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith.
The Essential Guide to My New Life With Jesus Scott Rubin 2016-05-02 A young person in your youth ministry has come to faith in Jesus. Exciting stuff! But now what? The initial elation can soon give way to some confusion. Questions come quickly, and the church can seem like some kind of club...where no one taught you the secret handshake. How can you help new believers get a solid start in their walk with Christ? One way to start is by offering this vital resource, which offers straightforward answers on a wide range of topics that new Christians might not know. For example: * How to make sense of the Bible--and why it really matters * Why prayer is crucial...and what to do if it seems God doesn't answer * Why you need other Jesus-followers...and why they need you, too * How to handle doubts and questions about faith * What to do when you run into temptation The Essential Guide to My New Life With Jesus is an encouraging tool you can give students to assist them in their newfound faith. It will serve as a guide and also spark great conversations along the way. Throughout the book, readers are encouraged to talk with an experienced Jesus-follower about a variety of situations. Keep this book on hand for camps, retreats, and coffee-shop conversations...any situation where a teenager might commit to Christ and then wonder what's next. Helping a new Christian understand God's incredible love is crucial in those first days, and The Essential Guide to My New Life With Jesus is here to help. Answering questions and pointing back to the Bible at every step, this book will help launch a new believer into the thrill of what it means to follow Jesus.
Concise Theology J. I. Packer 2001-01-29 This summary of Christian teaching covers nearly one hundred major theological points from a biblical Reformed perspective, in brief, easy-to-understand chapters. By the author of Knowing God.
Living Faith Participant's Guide John Schwarz 2005-07-01 How were the books of the Bible chosen? What was the Roman world like during Jesus' life and ministry? And how are Christians to live out their faith in today's world? Living Faith offers thoughtful and engaging answers to questions about the faith, enabling believers of all backgrounds to understand Christianity more fully. John Schwarz compares and contrasts Christianity with other world religions, proposes helpful disciplines for a believer's spiritual growth, and provides a clear and balanced look at such controversial topics as free will and end-times theology. Informative, insightful, and practical, Living Faith is an ideal resource for group or personal study, and also serves as the participant's guide in the curriculum series Living Faith: Exploring the Essentials of Christianity by Tom Wright.
Christian Essentials Cary White 2014-02-21 A new believers self-study guide on the basics of the Christian faith.
Living Faith Leader's Guide John Schwarz 2005-07-01 This leader's guide is part of the Wright DVD package, a ten-session DVD-based program that takes participants through the essentials of the Christian faith.
The Pilgrim Way Stephen Cottrell 2017-12-01 This short booklet provides a contemporary summary of the essentials of the Christian faith for enquirers, new Christians and baptism and confirmation candidates. Written by the authors of the popular Pilgrim course, it follows the pattern of one of the most ancient teaching traditions of the Church: catechism. Originally a form of baptism preparation in the early Church, it explores Christian belief through a series of questions and answers – the way that Christians across the centuries have learned and taken to heart the core truths of Christianity.
A Radical Faith : Study Guide James W. Goll 2011-09-01 The writer to the Hebrews itemizes the elements of a firm spiritual foundation. These fundamentals must be built into the foundation of every Christian so he or she will not collapse in the face of life's storms. When Christians are shaky in their beliefs, they become vulnerable in the fight against hell. Yet the enemy, as the psalmist pointed out, is constantly shooting at their foundations. What can they do? They can fortify their foundations, says James W. Goll, one of the most respected leaders in the renewal movement. In the only book/study guide combination on the topic, he lays out the biblical elements of a firm foundation from Hebrews 6, including faith in God, the baptism with the Holy Spirit, resurrection from the dead, and more. His clear, conversational approach equips both new and veteran Christians with the tools they need to establish an unshakable foundation.
Discipleship Essentials Greg Ogden 2019-01-15 We grow in Christ as we seek him together. Jesus' own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others. This expanded 25-session workbook by Greg Ogden, perfect for small groups or individuals, helps us influence others as Jesus did—by investing in a few. Working through it will deepen your knowledge of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith.
Bahá'í Basics Frances Worthington 2012 A collection of writings from an extensive number of sources and presents them in an accessible, user-friendly format for those interested in learning about the Bahai Faith. The question-and-answer format highlights the clarity in which many of the topics associated with the Faith are discussed, and can be used by those seeking a basic and informational introduction to what is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. In most cases the answers are presented using direct quotations from the central figures of the Faith, including the Bab, Bahaullah, Abdul-Baha, and Shoghi Effendi. Readers will find themselves well-informed after reading this concise, well-organized introduction to the Faith, which provides clear, straightforward answers to the basic questions that arise when investigating a new religion.
Essentials for Life Marcia Ford 2010-04-13 True enjoyment in life is found by focusing on the essentials. A growing number of people recognize their need for a reliable guide for their life's journey. Essentials for Life fills that need by helping readers get back to the basics of what matters most with a fresh perspective on four core essentials of the Christian life: What do I believe? How do I grow closer to God? What should my character and life reflect? How do I live my life every day? Essentials for Life offers fifty daily or weekly readings that each include a key life-guide principle, scripture and quotes, meditation, an interesting fact, and a unique application suggestion. Each discussion offers hope and a sense of peace and well-being by focusing on life with an eternal perspective. The content offers spiritual truth while the interior graphic design, which includes sidebars and visuals, enhances the readability and the impact of each core essential.
Faith Essentials Ken Adams 2015-05 Every disciple needs to know the basics of the Christian faith. This seven-week study will lay a foundation of the beliefs that make up a life of faith. These essential beliefs will guide you in your growth as a disciple of Christ!
The Unshakable Truth® Study Guide Josh McDowell 2011-01-01 This comprehensive study guide covers the introduction and the 12 foundational truths distilled in The Unshakable Truth, making it ideal for a 13-week group course and adaptable for a 52-week one. Users of the study guide—whether individuals or church groups—will get a firm grip on the book's central issues: what they as Christians believe, why they believe it, how it’s relevant to life, and how they can pass it on to the next generation. The guide will help them work the meaning, credibility, and relevance of Christianity deep into their minds and hearts. Ultimately, believers will be helped to understand apologetics relationally, seeing how right believing affects not only them but also the people they encounter. A great resource for pastors, leaders, parents, youth groups, church groups—anyone wanting to reveal Christianity’s power in today’s life and culture.
The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith William A. Dembski 2021-10-05 Science and Faith Can—and Do—Support Each Other Science and Christianity are often presented as opposites, when in fact the order of the universe and the complexity of life powerfully testify to intelligent design. With this comprehensive resource that includes the latest research, you’ll witness how the findings of scientists provide compelling reasons to acknowledge the mind and presence of a creator. Featuring more than 45 entries by top-caliber experts, you’ll better understand… how scientific concepts like intelligent design are supported by evidence the scientific findings that support the history and accounts found in the Bible the biases that lead to scientific information being presented as a challenge—rather than a complement—to Christianity Whether you’re looking for answers to your own questions or seeking to explain the case for intelligent design to others, The Comprehensive Guide to Science and Faith is an invaluable apologetic tool that will help you explore and analyze the relevant facts, research, and theories in light of biblical truth.
Christian Essentials, Volume II John Brown 2018-08-27 Christian Essentials Volume II is the appendices referenced in Volume I. This book is the companion book to volume one but can be read as a stand alone series of 26 biblical and cultural studies. Every appendix expands a topic discussed in the Volume I: The Bible Story. Topics in the appendices include such things as comparing modern western thinking with the much different ancient middle eastern thinking. It covers the rise of Judaism, Hebrew Idioms, How the Babylonian Wise men found Jesus at his birth, Eastern Storytelling methods, How the original Nazarene faith of the apostles became Hellenize, the ancient multiple introductions of evil into human society, and much much more. There are many footnoted sources which can be followed by the reader to expand his own study and research.
Raising Kids With a Faith That Lasts Focus on the Family 2011-01-03 In Essentials of Parenting: Raising Kids with a Faith That Lasts, you’ll discover how to use family fun, everyday conversations, and meaningful milestone markers to launch your child’s relationship with God. The program starts with a lively DVD presentation (the DVD is part of the full kit) from some of today’s top experts—Dr. Tim Kimmel, Dr. Greg Smalley, Rev. Mark Holmen, and Larry Fowler. Here’s what you’ll find inside: discussion questions to get you thinking and talking, creative exercises to help you better understand your child and yourself, Scripture input to keep you on track, down-to-earth advice from experienced mentors, and “Next Step” activities for practicing what you’ve learned.
Discipleship Guide Part One MR Dustin James Haake 2014-10-12 Part one of a serious of guides to Disciple individuals in sound doctrine and truths of the Christian faith. Part One is made up of six essential studies that are at the foundation of Christianity.
The Essential Catholic Survival Guide Catholic Answers 2006-02-01 Where are the tough answers when a co-worker or friend asks those tough questions about the Catholic faith? Here at Catholic Answers, the most effective products for countering attacks and clearing up misunderstandings have been our tracts. We've decided to compile seventy of the best tracts into one cohesive, comprehensive book that can be used by anyone, anytime, anywhere to defend the Catholic faith.
The Essentials David Sherbino 2021-11-15 This book is designed to help Christians explore and understand some of the basic teachings of the Christian faith and to be able to grasp its significance in daily life. The material is designed so that it may be used in study groups for those who wish to have a better understanding of the basic tenets of the faith, classes that prepare individuals for membership in a local congregation or for those who wish to study for personal enrichment. The material in each chapter is not intended to present an exhaustive definitive understanding but rather it is a guide on how you might start and then further explore the various topics. There is so much more that could be added to this study and the reader or teacher is encourage supplement or delete every topic as interest dictates and the second half of the text includes an appendix in the form of a deeper Bible study. This is an integral part of the material in that it allows the participant to explore each topic in more depth by studying specific scriptures and answering questions related to the reading. Though the content reflects more of a Reformed perspective, at this introductory level of study the author has tried to avoid some of the more controversial theological issues that could come up. The material is grounded, however, in biblical orthodoxy such that all Christians would agree on these issues.
An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication Quentin J. Schultze 2015-09-22 Virtually every human endeavor involves interpersonal communication. Leading Christian scholar and media commentator Quentin Schultze and respected professor of communication Diane Badzinski offer a solid Christian perspective on the topic, helping readers communicate with faith, skill, and virtue in their interpersonal relationships. Designed as a companion to Schultze's successful An Essential Guide to Public Speaking, this inviting book provides biblical wisdom on critical areas of interpersonal communication: gratitude, listening, self-assessment, forgiveness, trust, encouragement, peace, and fidelity. Given the rapid rise and widespread use of social media, the book also integrates intriguing insights from the latest research on the influence of social media on interpersonal relationships. It includes engaging stories and numerous sidebars featuring practical lists, definitions, illustrations, and biblical insights.
Christian Beliefs, Revised Edition Wayne A. Grudem 2022-02-01 Learn the Teachings of the Bible that Every Christian Must Know. Now Revised and Updated. Over 300,000 Copies Sold! Not every Christian needs to go to seminary, but there are certain teachings of the Bible that every Christian should know. Whether you're a relatively new believer in Jesus or a mature Christian looking for a better understanding of basics of the faith, Christian Beliefs is for you. This readable guide to twenty basic Christian beliefs condenses Wayne Grudem's award-winning book Systematic Theology, prized by pastors and teachers everywhere. He and his son, pastor Elliot Grudem, have boiled down the essentials of theology for everyday Christians and made them both clear and applicable to life. Each brief chapter concludes with questions for personal review or group discussion. In this revised and updated edition of Christian Beliefs, you will learn about: The Bible and its authority for our lives The characteristics of God The importance of prayer Angels and the reality of spiritual warfare What it means that we are created in the image of God What God has done for us in Christ The purpose of the church What will happen when Christ returns The biblical understanding of heaven And much more Christian Beliefs is the ideal book for every Christian who wants a solid foundation for understanding the most basic and essential teachings of the Bible.
Groove: The Basics Leader Guide Michael Adkins 2015-12-15 Today’s faith and biblical illiteracy in general and among those who attend church and claim to be Christian is staggering. Some alarmists are claiming that the Christian faith is in danger of becoming extinct. We can no longer rely on culture to support the passing on of faith in Jesus Christ to the coming generations. The Basics study is not a quick fix to this situation. It is a handcrafted tool that when used by compassionate, caring, and committed adults, will ignite their imagination for God, the Scripture, the faith community, and living a transformed life. The Basics will likely raise more questions than it answers, and that’s intentional. Don’t feel the need to make sure all the loose ends are tied up at the conclusion of your youth gathering. Allow your teens the opportunity to leave with ideas and truths on which to reflect and wrestle as they use the daily devotionals provided in the Groove: The Basics Student Journal. The Groove Bible study series invites teens to learn the essentials of their faith, own their story, and engage the world in serving Jesus. Each topical study consists of four weekly sessions that are easy to lead and relate to life issues teens face. With up to 48 weeks available, Groove is great for Sunday and mid-week gatherings for both large and small groups as well as retreats. The leader guide contains everything needed to lead teens through a Groove study, including teaching outlines, leader notes, Bible background, reflections, and parent communication.
The Essentials Dr David Sherbino 2021-11-11 In our culture there is a great deal of speculation and a variety of opinions concerning the Christian faith and what it teaches. ‘The Essentials’ seeks to dispel the confusion and ambiguity about what one believes and what it means to live as a faithful follower of Jesus. This material is designed to engage the learner through a thoughtful study of Scripture.
Discipleship Essentials Greg Ogden 2009-11-11 We grow in Christ as we seek him together. Jesus' own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others and allow life to rub against life. By gathering in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we most closely follow Jesus' example with the twelve disciples. The workbook you hold is a tool designed to help you follow this pattern Jesus drew for us. Working through it will deepen your knowledge of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith.
Essential Truths of the Christian Faith R. C. Sproul 1998 "100 key doctrines in plain language"--Cover
Discipleship Essentials Greg Ogden 2009-11-11 We grow in Christ as we seek him together. Jesus' own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others and allow life to rub against life. By gathering in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we most closely follow Jesus' example with the twelve disciples. The workbook you hold is a tool designed to help you follow this pattern Jesus drew for us. Working through it will deepen your knowledge of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith.
Essentials of the Faith Alfred McBride 1994 Father McBride's eloquent style reveals the essence of the Catechism in a way is sure to inspire a desire to know the teachings of the Faith more completely and to live them more fully.
Fundamentals of the Faith 2009-03-01 "On Sunday mornings at Grace Community Church, small groups of people gather together in 'Fundamentals of the Faith' classes that blend basic biblical truths with personal obedience and service...Many young believers take these classes to grow in their understanding of biblical truths." This study is ideal to disciple new believers or to realize afresh what it means to believe in Jesus.
Question-based Bible Study Guide -- Essentials of the Faith Josh Hunt 2021-03-02 Seven ready-to-teach Small Group Bible Lessons on the Essentials of the Faith. (Core biblical doctrines.)Each lesson consists of 20 or so ready-to-use questions that get groups talking. Answers are provided in the form of quotes from respected authors such as John Piper, Max Lucado, John Ortberg and David Jeremiah.These lessons will save you time as well as provide deep insights from some of the great writers and thinkers from today and generations past. I also include quotes from the same commentaries that your pastor uses in sermon preparation. Ultimately, the goal is to create conversations that change lives.
Fuel Your Faith Jean Wise 2017-06-15 Is your faith stagnant? Do you spend most days disconnected from God and yearning for a closer relationship with him? Too often Christians live a lukewarm existence mired in a rut of being unfulfilled restlessness.Faith is a gift from God. In God's grace, we already possess faith, but leave our spiritual growth unwrapped. How do we live with a vibrant faith? Fuel Your Faith - a Practical Guide to Igniting a Healthy Spirituality is a guidebook to fan the flames of your faith. This book is not a deep theological discourse about spiritual disciplines, but a quick resource for ideas to stir the embers of belief God gives each of us. In Fuel Your Faith, you will:*Discover a potpourri of spiritual practices to move you from stuck to unstuck. *Gather ideas applicable right away to your life to awaken your spirit.*Learn ways to pray, study, connect, and celebrate God's presence.*Find inspiration, encouragement, and courage to explore your faith *Explore transformational ideas to kindle the awakening of our spirit.Fuel Your Faith will empower you to move from the chilliness of shallow faith to the warmth, power, and comfort of a blazing fire.We can cultivate a healthy spirituality. God wants our faith to grow and our lives glow with his love. What a marvelous gift God gives us - let's fan the flames of our faith.
Essentials for Life for Women Marcia Ford 2010-04-13 Helps women put first things first so that she can live a more confident, fulfilled life. How does a woman keep the cares of this world, and the enticements that it offers, from choking out the essentials of following God? Essentials for Life for Women helps them get back to the basics of what matters most with a fresh perspective on four core essentials of the Christian life: What do I believe? How do I grow closer to God? What should my character and life reflect? How do I live my life every day? Essentials for Life for Women offers fifty daily or weekly readings that each include a key life principle, scripture and quotes, meditation, and an application. Each discussion offers hope and a sense of peace and well-being by focusing on life with an eternal perspective. The content offers spiritual truth while the interior graphic design, including sidebars and visuals, enhances the readability and the impact of each core essential.
Christian Essentials, Volume I John Lee Brown 2018-08-27 The subject of this book is Christianity as it is revealed in the written scriptures, which we call the Bible. It does not address man's traditions or the various versions of the "Christian Faith" that one can study. It is an exposition of written scripture where all the essentials of the faith are found. The fundamental interpretive tool used in this work is cultural anthropology. That is, what did the original audience understand from the reading of scripture. Christian Essentials Volume I is an overview of the entire narrative of the bible from the original Paradise to the final Paradise. The narrative introduces the Hebrew messiah, who he is, why he is needed and what he accomplished. The end of the narrative, the book of Revelation, is discussed in a fresh light as a series of dioramas. This discussion will dispel many clouds of confusion which have obscured this subject for centuries. Much of what is in this book may seem unfamiliar or even foreign to many readers, but it is all biblical. Give yourself plenty of time to read and digest what you read here. Its a journey well worth travelling.
Church History Justo L. González 2010-09-01 One of the chief difficulties in studying the history of Christianity is the lack of prior exposure to the subject that students often bring with them. Struggling to keep up with the large numbers of names, dates, and places presented to them, it is easy for students to lose sight of the "big picture," the broad sweep of movement and change that instructors most wish to communicate. Justo Gonzalez has written this book to help students gain just such a quick and basic grasp of the main periods and issues in the history of Christianity. Drawing upon his own extensive experience and that of others, he contends that having been introduced to the essentials of church history in a brief and accessible form, students are far better able to understand and appreciate what they encounter in more detailed lectures and reading. Gonzalez provides a comprehensive opening chapter that summarizes major issues and concerns of each of the principal eras of church history. Subsequent chapters focus on the ancient church, the Christian empire, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, and the twentieth century and the end of modernity.
Discipleship Essentials Greg Ogden 2009-11-11 We grow in Christ as we seek him together. Jesus' own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others and allow life to rub against life. By gathering in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we most closely follow Jesus' example with the twelve disciples. The workbook you hold is a tool designed to help you follow this pattern Jesus drew for us. Working through it will deepen your knowledge of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith.

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