This discipleship course is very simplistic. It is designed to give a new Christians a quick overview to the essential areas of the Christian faith which will provide a basic knowledge for staying true to their commitment to Christ.
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Basic 7 is a simple course on Christian discipleship composed of seven short lessons of essential truths, which a new Christian needs to embrace and have become part of his or her life. Each lessons features helpful scriptures which appear in bold print. The lessons are an introduction to the vital beliefs of the Christian faith. Students of this study should make it a personal goal to seek additional learning in these areas.
1. Salvation – reviewing the experience of repenting, receiving Christ and knowing his forgiveness
2. New Life – becoming a new person in Christ and living with a positive Christian character
3. Temptation – learning how to successfully resist and not yield to temptation, so you can stay faithful to Christ
4. Personal Guide – learning that Jesus Christ has provided his Holy Spirit to guide you and how you can have the power of the Spirit work in your life
5. Consistent Connection– learning how to have daily personal contact with Christ in prayer and Bible study
6. The Fellowship Factor – discovering the importance of belonging to a group of other Christians where love, service and accountability can be shared
7. Mission – learning how to serve Jesus in actions and ministries that touch the lives of others
Instructor's Guide Below
Answers to Worksheet
Lesson 1: Salvation
1. Everyone has sinned - Romans 3:23
3. Jesus Christ – Colossians 1; 15-20
4. Repent – Luke 13:3
5. Jesus gives us His Spirit – Romans 8:16-17
Lesson 2: New Life
1. Pattern of this world – Romans 12:1-2
2. On things above, not on earthly things – Colossians 3:2
3. Anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips – Colossians 3:8
4. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. – Matthew 7:18
5. Love – 1 Corinthians 13 Love show the true character of Jesus
Lesson 3: Temptation
1. The devil – 1 Peter 5:8
2. Life forever – 1 John 2:17
3. Foothold – Ephesians 4:27
4. beyond what you can bear – 1 Corinthians 10:13
5. Spirit of Jesus Christ
Lesson 4: Personal Guide
1. The Holy Spirit
2. All truth – John 16:13
3. Life and peace – Romans 8:6
4. God’s Spirit lives inside your body– 1 Corinthians 6:19
Lesson 5: Consistent Connection
1. Teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness – 2 Timothy 3:16
2. Lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
4. Powerful and effective – James 5:16
5. JOY – Jesus, Others and You
Lesson 6: The Fellowship Factor
1. Meeting together – Hebrews 10:25
2. The apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42
3. Love – Ephesians 4:2
4. Instruction, teachings – Colossians 3:16
5. You become like them
Lesson 7: Mission
1. Love and message of Christ flows from you to others
3. We are to use our talents, gifts, skills, etc. in service to Christ and not hide them away – Matthew 25:14-30
4. Sunday school teacher, choir member, a mentor to a new believer, possibly a position in full time Christian service, ….
5. Make disciples, teach them – Matthew 28:19-20
A free Power Point presentation is available for instructors who wish to project the lesson content on screen. To receive this Power Point, send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is for your personal use as an instructor. Please do not duplicate or send to another party.
Proposed Approach for Instructors
The lessons are short enough to be read through with the students. You can allow students to read the scriptures if they feel comfortable in doing so. If a student has low literacy skills or wishes not to read aloud, the instructor can do the reading. The instructor should pause throughout the lesson and ask if there are any questions before moving on. It may be beneficial at the start of the first class to learn what past exposure each student has had to the Christian faith, have they attend church, been to vacation Bible school as a child, etc. For students with little knowledge of the Christian faith, you may have to explain the Bible being the inspired word of God and how it became accepted as the basis for learning about the Christian faith and our road map for Christian living.
It may also be helpful for the instructor to explain who the authors are of the various books in the Bible from which the scriptures are taken. Many are from the disciples who walked with Jesus plus Paul. These men became know as Apostles, which means "sent out messengers" in a general sense, but have become to refer to Jesus' disciples plus Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament.
The instructor needs to be prepared to define words related to the Christian faith which may be new to the student. Do not assume a student will know what a word means just because he or she did not speak up. Words like atonement, repent, Psalm, grace, etc. may need clarification for some students. The instructor may want to refer to the Bible where some passages are taken to give an expanded context. The instructor should encourage discussion whenever possible. Sometimes this is done by asking questions throughout the lesson such as, “What do you think about that passage, or concept? Have you ever felt this way? What action would be helpful to take in light of this situation?”
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