Fundamentals of the Faith Teacher's Guide: 13 Lessons to Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus Christ [NOOK Book]


This is the teachers guide edition to this great study of the fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith. With topics ranging from "God: His Character and Attributes" to "The Church: Fellowship and Worship," this study is ideal to disciple new believers or to realize afresh what it means to believe in Jesus.
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This is the teachers guide edition to this great study of the fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith. With topics ranging from "God: His Character and Attributes" to "The Church: Fellowship and Worship," this study is ideal to disciple new believers or to realize afresh what it means to believe in Jesus.
The teachers guide contains all the answers to the 13 lessons taught in the accompanying students edition along with excellent teaching notes to prepare the leader to guide the group.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781575673233
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/26/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 863,224
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

JOHN MACARTHUR is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of The Master's College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. Grace to You radio, video, audio, print, and website resources reach millions worldwide each day. Over four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, The New Testament Commentary series, The Truth War, and The Jesus You Can't Ignore. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.
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13 Lessons to Grow in the Grace & Knowledge of Jesus Christ
By John MacArthur


Copyright © 2009 Grace Community Church
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8024-3840-9

Chapter One

Lesson 1


Prepare for Your Assignment

1. Along with this workbook, you will need a Bible and a journal or notebook for personal notes from the message you will hear.

2. Download message #1, "Our God-Breathed Bible," from

3. Using your Bible, fill in the answers on the following pages.

Memorize 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.

* I hope you have an appreciation for the Scripture. I hope you have an appreciation for it not as a fetish but because it is the greatest treasure, apart from God Himself, that we have. It is His very word, His very self-revelation. When people ask me why it is that I systematically teach through book after book, why it is that I pay so much attention to detail and to every verse and every phrase and touch all the words, I tell them it's because I understand them to be the words of God revealed to us from Him. And I would not second-guess the necessity of those words being then presented, taught, andunderstood by all of us. John MacArthur

The Bible is the Word of God. It claims to be the truth, the message from God to man. Second Peter 1:21 says that "men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."

* The Scriptures were written by approximately 40 different men. * These men lived in several different countries and cultures. * They lived in different eras (1400 B.C. through A.D. 90). * They wrote in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.

Despite these differences, God moved the writers to focus on His glory in man's redemption through one central figure-Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

I. The Old Testament (39 books)

A. The Pentateuch (5 books)

The first five books of the Old Testament were written by Moses around 1400 B.C. They often are referred to as the "Five Books of Moses" or the "Pentateuch."

List the books of the Pentateuch in the order you find them in your Bible.

1. Genesis The book of beginnings: Creation, man, sin, redemption, God's nation

2. Exodus God delivers His people from Egypt

3. Leviticus Atonement, holiness, and worship through sacrifice and purification

4. Numbers God's people continually disobey and wander in the wilderness for 40 years

5. Deuteronomy Moses' great discourses to prepare Israel to enter the Promised Land

B. History (12 books)

The historical books were written between 1400 and 450 B.C. and describe God's dealings with His chosen people, Israel, the Hebrew nation.

List these books in order.

1. Joshua

2. Judges

3. Ruth

4. 1 Samuel

5. 2 Samuel

6. 1 Kings

7. 2 Kings

8. 1 Chronicles

9. 2 Chronicles

10. Ezra

11. Nehemiah

12. Esther

C. Poetry (5 books)

The following five books are poetic, describing in poetry and song God's greatness and His dealings with men.

List these books in order.

1. Job The suffering and loyal trust of a man who loved God

2. Psalms Songs of praise and instruction

3. Proverbs God's practical wisdom for daily life

4. Ecclesiastes The emptiness of an earthly life without God

5. Song of Solomon A celebration of marital joy

D. Major Prophets (5 books)

A prophet was a person commissioned by God to deliver His message to men. These books are called "Major Prophets" because they generally are longer than the writings of the "Minor Prophets." The Major Prophets were written approximately between 750 and 550 B.C.

List these books in order.

1. Isaiah

2. Jeremiah

3. Lamentations

4. Ezekiel

5. Daniel

E. Minor Prophets (12 books)

The last 12 books of the Old Testament were written approximately between 840 and 400 B.C.

List these books in order.

1. Hosea

2. Joel

3. Amos

4. Obadiah

5. Jonah

6. Micah

7. Nahum

8. Habakkuk

9. Zephaniah

10. Haggai

11. Zechariah

12. Malachi

II. The New Testament (27 books)

The New Testament, or New Covenant, reveals Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of men. In it we find:

* The life of Christ

* The way of salvation

* The beginning of Christianity

* Instruction for Christian living

* God's plan for the future

A. History (5 books)

1. The Gospels (first 4 books)

a. Matthew The life of Christ, written especially for the Jews, revealing Jesus Christ as their long-awaited Messiah b. Mark The life of Christ, revealing Jesus as the obedient Servant of God; written especially to the Roman world c. Luke The life of Christ, revealing Jesus as the perfect man, emphasizing His humanity; written by Luke, a Greek, to the Greek world d. John The life of Christ, revealing Jesus as the Son of God, stressing His deity; very evangelistic

What two reasons are given for the writing of John's Gospel (John 20:31)?

1. To show that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God (Deity) _____________________________________________________________________________

2. That in believing in His name, sinners can have life _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________

2. History of the Early Church (1 book)

Act The beginning and spread of the Christian church; it could be called the "Acts of the Holy Spirit," and was written as an evangelistic tool

B. Letters or Epistles (21 books)

These books were written to individuals, to churches, or to believers in general. The letters deal with every aspect of Christian faith and responsibility.

List them in order.

1. Paul's Letters (13 books)

a. Romans b. 1 Corinthians c. 2 Corinthians d. Galatians e. Ephesians f. Philippians g. Colossians h. 1 Thessalonians i. 2 Thessalonians j. 1 Timothy k. 2 Timothy l. Titus m. Philemon

2. General Letters (8 books)

a. Hebrew b. James c. 1 Peter d. 2 Peter e. l John f. 2 John g. 3 John h. Jude

C. Prophecy (1 book)

The last book of the New Testament tells of future events.

* Return of Christ * Reign of Jesus Christ * Glory of Jesus Christ * Future state of believers and unbelievers

This book is called Revelation.

III. Christ in the Bible

A. The Old and New Testaments should be seen together, as both portray Jesus Christ as the central figure.

Read the following verses and fill in the blanks.

1. Luke 24:27. Christ is seen in all the Scriptures.

2. John 5:39. Jesus said the Scriptures "bear witness of Me."

B. The key is Jesus.

5 12 5 17 4 1 21 1 Law History Poetry Prophecy Gospels History Letters Prophecy

Promises Anticipation of Christ: Manifestation The Church Coronation of Christ Types, Experiences, and Prophecies of Christ of Christ of Christ

IV. Why Is the Bible Important?

When tempted by Satan, Jesus alluded to Deuteronomy 8:3: "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).

A. What does 2 Timothy 3:16 say about the Bible. (Choose the correct answer.)

Some of the Bible is inspired by God. There are a few parts that are not inspired.

  •   The entire Bible is inspired by God. Only those parts that speak to us in a personal way are inspired by God.

* The Old Testament is the revelation of God to show man what God is like, who God is, what God tolerates and does not tolerate, and how God desires holiness and punishes sin. The New Testament is God revealed by His Son in the life of His Son, in the message of His Son, in the understanding of the work of His Son, and in the culmination and the coming of His Son to establish His eternal kingdom. But in either case, Old Testament, New Testament, God spoke. And what we have is indeed the Word of God. This is not the word of man.

So, men were not inspired but Scripture is. God breathed into them and they wrote it down, word by word what God breathed into them. It was more than dictation. They weren't just listening to some voice and writing mechanically every word; it was flowing through their heart and their soul and their mind and their emotions and their experiences. But it came out every word the Word of God. As God breathed into them the message and they were carried along by the Holy Spirit, they said it and some of them wrote it down. Miraculous, supernatural, inexplicable process that yields to us the Word of God. John MacArthur

B. How do the following verses show the importance of God's Word?

1. 2 Timothy 3:15 The Scriptures are able to give wisdom that leads to salvation. _________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________

2. Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."

C. What four things does God's Word do?

1. Psalm 19:7a Restores the soul

2. Psalm 19:7b Makes wise the simple

3. Psalm 19:8a Gives joy to the heart

4. Psalm 19:8b Gives light to the eyes

V. Application

Based on what you have learned about the Bible, what should your response be?

(Answers will vary) _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________

* When it comes to godly living and godly service, to growing in "the discipline and instruction of the Lord"(Eph. 6:4), God-breathed Scripture provides for us the comprehensive and complete body of divine truth necessary to live as our heavenly Father desires for us to live. The wisdom and guidance for fulfilling everything He commands us to believe, think, say, and do is found in His inerrant, authoritative, comprehensive, and complete Word.

It goes without saying that it is impossible to believe, understand, and follow what you do not even know. It is completely futile, as well as foolish, to expect to live a spiritual life without knowing spiritual truth. Biblically untaught believers, especially those in biblically untaught churches, are easy prey for false teachers. They are spiritual "children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming" (Eph. 4:14). Throughout most of redemptive history, God could have said what He said in Hosea's day: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hos. 4:6). It is for that reason, as well as for the even greater reason of honoring the Lord, that regular, systematic, and thorough study of the doctrine in God's Word is imperative for God's people. John MacArthur The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series, 2 Timothy (Moody), 1987 by John MacArthur. 154-155.


Excerpted from FUNDAMENTALS OF THE FAITH TEACHER'S GUIDE by John MacArthur Copyright © 2009 by Grace Community Church. Excerpted by permission.
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Table of Contents


Introduction to the Workbook
How to Use the Lesson Assignments
For the Teacher/Instructor

Lesson 1 Assignment:
Introduction to the Bible
Lesson 1 Teacher's Notes
Lesson 2 Assignment: How to Know the Bible
Lesson 2 Teacher's Notes
Lesson 3 Assignment: God: His Character and Attributes
Lesson 3 Teacher's Notes
Lesson 4 Assignment: The Person of
Jesus Christ
Lesson 4 Teacher's Notes
Lesson 5 Assignment: The Work of Christ
5 Teacher's Notes
Lesson 6 Assignment: Salvation
Lesson 6 Teacher's Notes
7 Assignment: The Person and Ministry of the Holy Spirit
Lesson 7 Teacher's Notes
8 Assignment: Prayer and the Believer
Lesson 8 Teacher's Notes
Lesson 9 Assignment:
The Church: Fellowship and Worship
Lesson 9 Teacher's Notes
Lesson 10 Assignment:
Spiritual Gifts
Lesson 10 Teacher's Notes
Lesson 11 Assignment: Evangelism and the Believer
Lesson 11 Teacher's Notes
Lesson 12 Assignment: Obedience
12 Teacher's Notes
Lesson 13 Assignment: God's Will and Guidance
Lesson 13
Teacher's Notes

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