“Bible Basics – Lesson # 1 – An Introduction”

Posted: October 20, 2017 in Bible Basics, Bible Study, Christian Life

Over the years, when I pastored churches, I conducted church membership classes. We wanted those who desired to be members to become familiar with us and we with them. After all, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed” (Amos 3:3). The Apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness” (2 Corinthians 6:14). This relates to marriage, business associations, and church membership.

Guide. So we took the doctrinal statement and the constitution of the church and used them as a guide to help others become familiar with our beliefs and practices. Many of those who went through these classes told us that they learned more during those 12 weeks than they had in their Christian life in a local church. Some who were already members when we took over the leadership of the church asked if they could also attend the classes.

Purpose. Our purpose and desire is to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31) by making Him known to those who are teachable and willing to change and study the Word of God with us (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). “All Scripture is [God breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; See Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10).

Themes. We want to consider these 10 major themes (doctrines): The Scriptures, The Godhead, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Man, Sin, Salvation, The Church, Future Things. If you’d be interested in studying these topics with us, please let us know. We’d like for you to go to our website: www.kelseypeach.com and then go to the section on “Bible Basics.” Please download these outlines and print them out for yourself.

Resources: We’d like to encourage you to secure a Scofield Study Bible from which we will be teaching. (http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780195275520-the-scofield-study-bible-iii-nkjv-indexed)

References: We have found the writings of these Bible teachers to be very helpful: Dr. C. I. Scofield, Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, Dr. H. L. Schafer, Dr. Charles Ryrie, Dr. Manfred Kober, Dr. Andy Woods, Dr. Chuck R. Swindoll, and other Bible scholars.

Interpretation. We will be using a normal, literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of the Scriptures. This method leads us to believe in Seven Dispensations (http://kelseypeach.com/Kelsey.8.pdf) Bible Study Aids: http://kelseypeach.com/studyaids.htm

Gospel. Most of this information will not make much sense to you if you’re not truly saved or if you’re a carnal Christian with unconfessed sins in your life (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9; James 5:16). Unsaved people have a natural blindness (1 Corinthians 2:14), a Satanic blindness (2 Corinthians 4:4), and the Jewish folks have one more, a judicial blindness (Romans 11:25). Only an omnipotent God can remove these spiritual blinds from people’s eyes. Do you know when and how He does this? Many “professing Christians” are “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2). They may know and believe the facts of the Gospel, but they are those who haven’t transferred their faith over to Christ alone to save them.

Assurance. Please make sure of your salvation (2 Peter 1:10) by reading the “Clear Gospel” (http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf) and “God’s Simple Plan of Salvation” in one of 24 languages (http://kelseypeach.com/goodnews.htm).

Interested? If you’d be interested in joining us in this study of God’s Word, we’d like to hear from you. We’d also like for you to share your personal testimony with us as to how you were saved.

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