THE CLASSROOM

 


The Bible is a book that is not merely for reading. It is a book for studying so that it can be applied. Otherwise, it is like swallowing food without chewing and then spitting it back out again—no nutritional value is gained by it. The Bible is God’s Word. As such, it is as binding as the laws of nature. We can ignore it, but we do so to our own detriment, just as we would if we ignored the law of gravity. It cannot be emphasized strongly enough just how important the Bible is to our lives. Studying the Bible can be compared to mining for gold. If we make little effort and merely "sift through the pebbles in a stream," we will only find a little gold dust. But the more we make an effort to really dig into it, the more reward we will gain for our effort.

The Bible remains the only source of divine revelation and power that can sustain you as a Christian in your walk with God.


We are sanctified by His word:

"Sanctify them by Your truth; Your word is truth" (John 17:17).

We have God's blessing by His word:

"But He said, 'More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it'" (Luke 11:28).

We have victory by His word:

"...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17).

We grow by feeding on the word:

"As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby" (1 Pet. 2:2).

There is Power in His word:

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek" (Rom. 1:16).

He guides us through His word:

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Ps. 119:105).


We are offering the following Discipleship - 101 class specifically for New or Young believers in Christ.  Anyone who is interested is welcome to take advantage.

If you are a New Believer, these lessons will help you discover the basic truths of Christianity.  We encourage you to have your Bible open so that you can read for yourselves what God's Word has to say about each topic.

A Christian disciple is a person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ and are equipped by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christlike. This process requires believers to respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to examine their thoughts, words and actions and compare them with the Word of God. This requires that we be in the Word daily—studying it, praying over it, and obeying it. In addition, we should always be ready to give testimony of the reason for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) and to disciple others to walk in His way. According to Scripture, being a Christian disciple involves personal growth characterized by the following:

1. Putting Jesus first in all things (Mark 8:34-38).

2. Following Jesus’ teachings (John 8:31-32).

3. Fruitfulness (John 15:5-8).

4. Love for other disciples (John 13:34-35).

5. Evangelism - Making disciples of others (Matthew 28:18-20).

Take advantage of these free resources to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ. Studying the Bible will lead you into truth, increase your faith and will strengthen your Christian walk.

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DISCIPLESHIP - 101



DISCIPLESHIP - 101: Four Sessions

Author and Teacher, James Fire
Shine Bright Church, Tucson, Arizona
Co-Founder: The Truth Under Fire Ministry

1. SESSION ONE: The Plan of REDEMPTION and CHRIST in the SCRIPTURES

Our problem as human beings is that we are born spiritually dead; we have physical and mental life, but no spiritual life. Without life in our spirits, we can have no fellowship with God or even know God for who He is.

This is a four session discipleship class where the fundamental, foundational, primary and non-negotiable doctrines of the Bible are examined. These videos are not intended as an apologetic, but as a teaching tool for those who want to learn the Bible.

2. SESSION TWO: The ESSENTIALS of the FAITH - What We Believe

These are doctrines* that are non-negotiable – in other words, without faith and understanding of these central doctrines as found in the Bible, one cannot have a proper understanding of God, His purposes and cannot have salvation or spiritual life as a Christian.

This is session 2 of four; each session is about 1 hour and each covers the primary fundamentals of the faith, along with other biblical views that are vital for the Bible-believing disciple of Christ Jesus our LORD.

UPCOMING

3. SESSION THREE: The HOLY BIBLE - GOD IS THE AUTHOR

4. SESSION FOUR: THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP


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BIBLE BASICS

Because of the fact that churches for the most part have wandered from discipleship and a firm foundation in the Word of GOD, and because the church here in America is thus ill-equipped to endure the times of persecution and hardship that are now at the door, such a ‘crash-course’ of the basics of Christianity is needful and provided here.

These will be concise, but complete treatments of the fundamentals that will aid those of the Christian faith in enduring such hardships and persecution that the LORD promised to all who will “live godly in Christ Jesus” (2 TIMOTHY 3:12).


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THE FUNDAMENTALS OF OUR FAITH


“Being an essential part of something, or a foundation for the purpose of building on; something essential, of central importance.”

So, the fundamentals of Christian doctrine are the foundation stones upon which all other doctrines of the Bible are built upon.”

What then does doctrine mean? Simply, it means ‘teaching’. Specifically what GOD teaches us in His Word.

The fundamentals of the faith therefore are the core doctrines, the very heart of doctrinal truth that is recorded for us by GOD in the Holy Bible. From these foundational fundamentals all of the truth of GOD’s WORD is built upon and derives.















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