A dear friend of mine is a Christian but has had little or no discipling or teaching. She has been asking me questions about Christianity, which I’m glad to answer, but I don’t think piecemeal answers to questions give her much of an understanding of what being a Christian means.
If we lived close enough to each other to make it feasible, the best thing to do would be to meet regularly with her and her husband for one-on-two discipling. Because of geography, that’s not really an available option.
In thinking about her and her husband and how I might be able to help them, it occurred to me that there are undoubtedly countless people out there who may have accepted Jesus as their Savior but have not had the opportunity to join a good Bible study or meet regularly with a more seasoned Christian who could disciple them. In an effort to help any such new, or at least untaught, Christians, I decided put together a series of blogs on the basics of Christianity.
Before I start the series, let me confess that I hold no seminary degrees and am not recognized as a Bible teacher by any church. There are countless Christians who have a more extensive knowledge of the Bible than I do, as well as teaching credentials I don’t have.
On the other hand, I was fortunate to have a dear friend who discipled me very intensely starting some 30 years ago and continuing more or less up until his death a couple of years ago. Because of this, although I may not have the extensive knowledge of a Biblical scholar, I do have a deep understanding of the basics of Christianity.
Don’t expect to be able to pick a verse out of the air and have me tell you where it is in the Bible. I can do that with some verses, but not nearly so many as a lot of Bible students.
What I hope to do is help to provide a foundation for unschooled Christians. We all need a foundation broad enough to support further learning and deep enough not to be confused by hearing different voices in pursuing further learning. If I can provide that foundation for one or two others, I will have repaid my mentor.
Never having undertaken anything quite like this, I’m not sure exactly what to expect. This series may last a few weeks, or it may cover a period of many months. I hope the Holy Spirit will lead me to cover what needs to be covered and take the amount of time needed to cover it properly.
A final suggestion is in order. If you are currently a part of a church or Sunday School class or home fellowship, by all means continue, especially if it’s an evangelical church that actually teaches the Bible. If you are not already a part of any kind of local body, in the long run you should find one to join, and I hope this series will help lead you to seek the fellowship we all need as Christians and also point out the need for a Bible-teaching church and not just some old mainline church that either tries to make you feel good or preaches a man-made social gospel.
It is my intention to post blogs on this subject every Tuesday. However, I’ve found that when I put myself on too strict a schedule I sometimes run dry. For that reason, I’m going to give myself latitude to skip a week now and then or do more than one a week whenever the Holy Spirit leads me to.
Right now He is leading me to share this video with you. Click on the link or paste it in your browser address window: http://www.youtube.com/embed/zf_0jzPQ8lo?rel=0
It is my firm hope that you will find this series both enriching and enjoyable. As we go along, if you have questions you’d like to ask, please post them in the comment section. Your question may stimulate a new post or two. I’d also welcome comments that either amen something I’ve said or suggest an error in something I’ve said, as long as any disagreements are stated in love and not spitefulness. Others may benefit from your comment.
If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
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