New Life Course

I have decided to publish one of the courses I wrote for our church in Dunstable in the UK.  This may be used by individual Christians or copied and used by pastors or missionaries among their people.  After the first six lessons, called the New Life Course, a further six studies may be issued about church membership.  The course is copyright but may be freely used so long as authorship is acknowledged.

I would be grateful for positive feedback and suggestions about possible improvements and further subjects from experienced Christians.

So here is the Preface and Introduction.

PREFACE

Before commencing this study we need to be clear about one foundational truth.  It is a basic, fundamental doctrine of the Bible that the world, and everything in it, was created by God.  We shall not, at this stage, go into the how, why and when of creation, but simply take it as a basic proposition.

The fact of creation is very important for many reasons.  For example, because God made us he has the right to expect us to live according to his commands.  Furthermore, the fact that the world was planned, designed and created by God, and is not just the result of chance or random events, means that there is design, order and beauty in it.  If the world was the result of the chance reaction of a few chemicals, and if the development of the world was due to the random events proposed in the theory of evolution, there would be no possibility of natural laws, and even no basis for logic.  How could we even think if we were the result of a “fortuitous concourse of atoms”?  Jesus Christ referred to the first man and woman (Mark 10:6; 13:19) and when the apostle Paul preached he stressed the fact of God being the Creator (Acts 17:24-26).

You may not want to look up all the following Bible verses right now, but these are just some of the many references to God as Creator found in the Bible: Gen. 1, 2; Exod. 20:11; 2 Kings 19:15; 1 Chron. 16:26; Neh. 9:6; Psalm 8:3; 19:1; 24:1, 2; 33:6; 74:16; 89:11,12; 90:2; 95:4, 5: 102:25; 104:2-6; 121:2; 124:8; 136:5-9; 146:5, 6; Prov. 3:19; Isaiah 37:16; 42:5; 45:12, 18; 48:13; Jer. 10:12; 31:35; 32:17; 51:15, 16; Amos 4:13; 5:8; 9:6; Jonah 1:9; Zech 12:1; Acts 4:24; 7:50; 14:15; Rom. 1:20; 11:36; Heb. 1:1,2; 2:10; 3:4; 11:3; Rev. 4:11; 10:6; 14:7.

With this fact in mind we can proceed with the study.

INTRODUCTION

This course is designed to help three different categories of people.

  1. Those who are new Christians.
  2. Those who are not yet members of a church.
  3. Those who are not yet Christians, but want to know how to become Christians.

In studying this course it is very important to look up and read every Bible verse given.  The exception to this is the long list of verses about God as Creator given in the Preface which may be consulted at your leisure.

The Scripture references are printed in a shortened form to save space.

First is the name of the book, e.g. Matt.  This stands for Matthew and refers to the first Gospel in the New Testament.

Next comes the number of the chapter, followed by the verse or verses in that chapter.  Matt. 6:33 means chapter six and verse 33 in the Gospel according to Matthew.

Most references used in this study are to be found in the New Testament.  Just a few are from the Old Testament, mainly Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah and Jeremiah.  The person leading the course will help you find your way around the Bible.  I pray that you may enjoy studying this course and that you will greatly benefit from it.

Stanley Jebb

Contents of the Course

Study One           The Good News

 

Study two           What it means to be a Christian

Study Three       Christian Baptism

Study Four          The Gift of the Holy Spirit

Study Five           The Body of Christ

Study Six             Going on with God

 

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One Response to “New Life Course”

  1. Eric Doyle Says:

    Dear Stanley, I am so pleased that you have decided to make this course available. This is an answer to prayer. We are finding that with so many young Christians, and even some much older, that the basic fundamentals of being a Christian are totally lacking.
    What we are also seeing now, is the post modernist view taking over so many of the local fellowships, because of a lack of discernment through inadequate teaching of the fundamentals.
    So we will be praying for this venture that the Lord will stir up the hearts of people to seek the Truth and take hold of this course and begin to enter into the fullness that it can bring in Christ Jesus.
    Thank you for the opportunity to be able to use the course. We will certainly take it up as soon as it is released.

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