The Foundations Course
T he Foundations Course
We are all aware that foundations are important, whether it has to do with education, child development or skills-training. How you start something largely determines how it ends up.
The analogy is taken from the construction industry where a foundation is the substance on which you build a structure. The foundation actually supports the entire building. In fact, each part of the building depends on the foundation. If it has good, deep, sure foundations, the building will stand, no matter what comes against it. If not, when trouble occurs the building will fall.
A good example is the island of Manhattan in New York. Deep below the buildings and busy streets of Manhattan, beneath the labyrinth of subway tunnels and stations, lies the geologic foundation of solid bedrock that makes the famed Manhattan skyline possible. Such high and heavy buildings can only be built safely on solid rock. Foundations are important. As disciples of Jesus our lives are spiritual structures.
In Scripture, this structure is called ‘a temple of the Holy Spirit’ (1 Corinthians 6:19), ‘God’s temple’ (1 Corinthians 3:16), ‘God’s building’ (1 Corinthians 3:9), and ‘a spiritual house’ (1 Peter 2:5). This also can only be built up strong, tall and able to resist trouble if the foundations are properly laid.
Jesus talked about the importance if strong foundations in Luke 4:46-49. The house that is built upon a rock will stand up against the storms of life but the house built upon the sand will be wrecked by the first storm.
During this course we lay what we believe are the most important foundations for Christian disciples.
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The Eight Sessions
1. Assurance of salvation
Laying a solid foundation
Every believer needs a biblical criterion to understand their conversion. How does a person know they are 'saved'? Does a new believer feel any different? What are the signs of authentic conversion?
2. The Church
Belonging to God's family
The Christian faith more than ‘a personal relationship with Jesus.’ It includes one of the greatest gifts and sources of blessing that God promises His children - a loving church family in which to flourish!
3. The Bible
Blueprint for life
The Bible is a record of everything God wants us to know about the spiritual world, life and death. It is a compendium of what we should believe and how we should behave. Familiarising ourselves with the Bible is vital.
The Christian's vital breath
In the New Testament we find the first Christians practicing prayer as soon as they were converted. They were following the example and teaching of Jesus who In the 21st Century, must learn how to wield this powerful weapon of prayer.
5. Baptism in Water
Connecting with Jesus
Baptism often occurs in the conversion stories of the Book of Acts. Preachers of the Gospel conclude their message with instructions to embrace faith, repentance and baptism in water. But what does water baptism mean for us today?
6. Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Power to live
No one needs to tell us how difficult it is to be the person we would like to be regarding consistency of lifestyle and living a productive life! But how can we obey the commands of Christ and live godly lives? Simply, by receiving the Holy Spirit.
7. Resurrection of the dead
Our route to glory
Resurrection is not something we think about at Easter! The teaching of the resurrection of the dead refers to the Christian’s future. Focusing on this truth keeps us on track with God, knowing 'what we weave in time we will wear in eternity!'
8. Eternal judgement
Rewards and retribution
This is one of the least popular of all the Bible's teachings and one that often remains unaddressed. Nevertheless, this teaching provides the most powerful incentive to witness for Christ and live a holy life