Essentials - Reinforcing the Foundation of Our Faith

Sample: Week 1 – Essentials

Week 1 – GOD IS (Different Than Us)
The character of God and His incommunicable attributes include His eternality, unchangeableness and omnipresence. God, who is perfect, has no equal and demands we give nothing equal focus in our lives. 

Week 2 – GOD IS (Similar to Us)
The character of God and His communicable attributes include His wisdom, goodness, love, will and beauty. Our God has given us the ability to relate to Him and in turn submit to His will.

Week 3 – GOD IS (Father)
This lesson will illustrate who is God the Father and what was His role is in creation, providence and final judgment. We are supposed to interact with God much as a child would to his/her father.

Week 4 – GOD SPEAKS (Revelation)
God has revealed himself to us so that we might know him and worship him. Our understanding of His revelation and our view of Scripture will dramatically affect our understanding of all other doctrines. Storing up God’s written word in our hearts will deepen our relationship and understanding of Him. 

Week 5 – GOD MAKES (Creation)
The way we view our world begins with our understanding of our origins. How did we get here and why? This lesson examines these origins as revealed in Scripture. We will seek to better understand our reason why we are on this earth (namely to share the gospel and bring God glory). 

Week 6 – GOD LOVES (Humanity)
Our purpose in life is rooted in the fact that we are created in the image of God. In this lesson we explore what it means to be created in God’s image and how that should affect the way we view God and ourselves.

Week 7 – GOD JUDGES (Sin)
In order to understand the condition of our world, and ultimately the plan for redemptive history, we must know the origin and nature of sin. This lesson deals with both of these topics biblically and will help us better understand our need for a Savior. 

Week 8 – JESUS COMES (Son and Incarnation)
The pinnacle of God’s pursuit of worshipers is manifested in the incarnation. In Jesus, God enters into human history so that his perfect grace and justice can be satisfied in the only possible way. 

Week 9 – JESUS DIES (Cross)
God’s ultimate act of love culminates with his pouring out his wrath on himself so that those who believe may be saved. “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:18).

Week 10 – JESUS SAVES (Resurrection)
No doctrine is more critical to the Christian faith than the resurrection. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:17, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” It defines our faith, and our salvation itself rests on its truth.

The work of the Holy Spirit and His distinctive activities through the history of the Bible help us rely on His power and peace in trials and tribulations. His work includes empowerment, purification, revelation and unification.

Week 12 – OUR RESPONSE (Baptism)
Who should be baptized? How should it be done? What does it mean? In this lesson we will explore Jesus’ command to his church to be baptized and the symbol it shows to the world of obedience.

Week 13 – OUR BODY (The Church)
The church is not a building or a stoic institution; it is the living, breathing vessel through which God preaches the gospel and draws worshipers to Himself. The correct understanding of the church should excite and motivate us to participate in the work of the gospel. 

Week 14 – OUR CALLING (Evangelism and Missions)
God’s will for every one of His believers is to testify of His works to the world. Jesus is not only our Savior but our message to a dying world. We each are to reach the world with His gospel and truth freeing them from sin and bringing them into God’s glory. 

Week 15 – OUR OBEDIENCE (Stewardship and Service)
How we view and act regarding money and possessions tells a lot about our heart and theology. Scripture talks about money frequently because of its propensity to become an object of our worship. A proper understanding of money, however, allows us to use it to advance the gospel and bring glory to Jesus.

Week 16 – OUR FUTURE (Return of Christ and His Future Kingdom)
God’s redemptive plan for history will culminate in the return of Jesus and his kingdom. His return will be glory for those who believe and judgment for those who don’t, displaying his perfect grace and justice to his glory.

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