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30 Day Introduction to The Christian Faith

It is possible that church and Christianity are foreign concepts to you.  The following brief information and reading assignments will provide basic information to some of your questions.  We hope you enjoy discovering the beauty of the Christian faith.

Day 1

What does the word "church" mean? It comes from a Greek word called Ekklesia. (Pronounced ek-klay-see'-ah).  It means a called out assembly.   These assemblies are made up of people called Christians (Christ-followers).  Christians are called out of the way of sin (darkness) and are to reflect the standards of God (light).  I Peter 2:9 - "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."       

Day 2

Why does the church assemble?  To declare praise to God and His Son Jesus Christ. The world is "dark" with evil (sin).  Christians have learned Jesus came to save us from our sins.  We can turn from them and please God with a righteousness way of living. So, we worship in thanksgiving.  Romans 6:20-23 - "When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."  II Corinthians 9:15 - "Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"

Day 3

Who is God? The Bible introduces Him as the Creator of all things - light, water, vegetation, sun, moon, stars, fish, birds, animals, and mankind.  Genesis 1:1 - "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." 

Reading Assignment: Genesis Chapters 1 and 2.  





Day 4

Why is there only one God?  The Bible declares this to be so.  Ephesians 4:6 - "[There is] one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."  In the Bible, many attributes are ascribe to God.  We learn He is a jealous God. Exodus 34:14 - "Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God."  Mankind makes a mistake by worshiping the created things instead of the Creator. Romans 1:20-25 - "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.  Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen."

 

Day 5

Is there freewill when it comes to choosing God through obedience? (More insights to come.)

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