Grounded in the Faith: An Essential Guide to Knowing What You Believe and Why

Grounded in the Faith: An Essential Guide to Knowing What You Believe and Why

by Ken Erisman, J. Packer

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The greatest challenge for the twenty-first-century church is the lack of catechesis—training in biblical and doctrinal knowledge. As J. I. Packer states, "where wise catechesis has flourished the church has flourished, and where it has been neglected the church has floundered." It is increasingly apparent that we are raising up generations of Christians who often have little idea what they should believe and why they should believe it. Grounded in the Faith takes up that challenge with twenty-four low-prep, in-depth sessions that will ground believers in the basics of their faith.

This new innovative guide is a transformational disciple-making tool that leaders can immediately use to activate discipleship in the church. It presents individuals, small groups, and Sunday school classes with a cohesive understanding of historic, sound, biblical theology that serves as a catalyst for deeper intimacy with Christ. It is a user-friendly guide to growth in the Christian faith that covers important topics such as justification, overcoming temptation, sanctification, evidence for the inspiration of the Bible, the value of prayer, the guidance of God, the Trinity, the uniqueness of Christ, and the attributes of God.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441242334
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kenneth Erisman has an MA in New Testament Literature and exegesis from Calvary Theological Seminary (Kansas City) and a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has pastored for thirty years with Converge Worldwide (formerly known as the Baptist General Conference), and he has been part of two church plants and served on a church-planting coaching team with Converge. He lives in Missouri.

Table of Contents

Foreword J. I. Packer 7

How This Guide Works 9

Level 1

1 Declared Not Guilty: Understanding Justification (Part 1) 13

2 God Pays the Price: Understanding Justification (Part 2) 24

3 Incredible Spiritual Benefits: Calling, Regeneration, Conversion, Salvation, Adoption 33

4 Temptations of the Flesh: Overcoming Temptation (Part 1) 43

5 Temptations of the Devil and the World: Overcoming Temptation (Part 2) 53

6 Becoming More and More Like Christ: Sanctification 64

7 The Power and Value of the Word: The Importance of Scripture 75

Level 2

8 Yesterday's Prophecies and Manuscript Evidence: Evidence for the Inspiration of the Bible (Part 1) 87

9 Christ's View of Scripture and Archaeological Findings: Evidence for the Inspiration of the Bible (Part 2) 99

10 Jesus's Model Prayer: The Great Value of Prayer (Part 1) 109

11 A Life of Prayer: The Great Value of Prayer (Part 2) 117

Appendix to Session 11: Key Promises of God to Know and Memorize 128

12 Understanding God's Will: The Guidance of God (Part 1) 130

Appendix to Session 12: The Will of God and the Holy Spirit 142

13 Knowing God's Will: The Guidance of God (Part 2) 144

14 The Mystery of the Trinity: The Trinity (Part 1) 153

Appendix to Session 14: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit 163

15 Eternally One God in Three Persons: The Trinity (Part 2) 167

Appendix to Session 15: The Nicene Creed 177

Level 3

16 Jesus's Divinity: The Uniqueness of Christ (Part 1) 181

17 Jesus's Humanity: The Uniqueness of Christ (Part 2) 193

Appendix to Session 17: The Creed of Chalcedon (AD 451) 203

18 Kept by God: Preservation, Perseverance, and Assurance (Part 1) 204

19 Living by God's Power: Preservation, Perseverance, and Assurance (Part 2) 213

20 God's Unique Character: The Attributes of God (Part 1) 224

21 God's Shared Character: The Attributes of God (Part 2) 235

22 More of God's Shared Character: The Attributes of God (Part 3) 246

23 The Sovereign God: The Attributes of God (Part 4) 257

24 The Mystery of Sovereignty: The Attributes of God (Part 5) 267

Notes 279

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