ABOUT THESE BOOKS
This is a series of nine topics and is offered as a foundational course.
It may be undertaken as simply a foundation course and will attract its own certificate or it may be used as the first part of your studies toward your certificate or diploma. All nine subjects are downloaded in a single file and form the course, "Dynamic Christian Foundations".
The topics in Dynamic Christian Foundations are.1. The Way of Salvation
2. Jesus the Healer
3. The Power of Pentecost Today
4. Signs Wonders and Gifts
5. Law and Grace
6. How to Pray Successfully
7. The Amazing Power of Faith
8. Water Baptism and the Lord's Supper
9. Christ is Coming
SO GREAT SALVATION
Newton the famous preacher and hymn writer of the 19th century was converted from a wicked and immoral life. He was a sailor and was involved in the slave trade. He gave his life to Christ during a violent storm when he despaired of any hope of rescue. He and his companions were saved just as the last of the food and water were being shared out. On shore Newton spent some time learning about his new faith and in preparing to receive communion. Some time later he sailed on another voyage and, being with his former companions, he gradually drifted away from his conversion. It was during this time he found he had no apparent strength to overcome sin.
Whenever temptation came along he would yield to it immediately. In the end, his state, if that could be possible, was worse than before. Finally he took sick with a fever, because of his immoral way of life, and lay at death's door. In desperation he cried out to God for forgiveness and mercy. After strong crying and many tears he came to a place of peace. He said that after this experience sin no longer had the same power over him. He went on to become one of the best loved pastors and hymn writers of this time.
In this first lesson we learn how Jesus has saved us from the PENALTY AND POWER of sin. Even though it is not possible for us to overcome sin on our own Jesus has broken the power of sin for us. He has, as it were, taken away the weapons of the enemy.
"...and having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." Cl 2:15
Remember each day to put on the whole armour of God that you might be able to stand against all the wiles (deceptions,
tricks, enticements) of Satan. (Ep 6:10-18).
Learn as much as you can of the Word of God, so that when Satan tempts you to sin you can quote Scripture as Jesus did. (Mt 4:1-11). With any temptation God has promised us a way of escape. Look for that way of escape, that you might be able to stand un-ashamed in that great day when Jesus comes again. (1 Co 10:13).
We will also concentrate on the different aspects of salvation and what they mean to us in our daily lives.
This means -
- Deliverance from the power and effects of sin.
- reservation from destruction or failure.
- Deliverance from danger or difficulty.
It is the first aspect of these that the Christian is most concerned with. We can be saved from drowning, or from a fire that is threatening our lives, by someone who is brave and resourceful, but only Jesus can save us from the power and effects of sin. He does this when we accept his sacrifice on Calvary for us. He not only frees us from all the sin we have committed in the past, but he also promises to free us from the power of sin in our lives. We need no longer feel helpless!
This means -
- The act, process, or state of being justified by God.
- Something that justifies.
When we are justified by God it simply means that he now looks on us as though we had never sinned. When he looks at us after we have received Jesus as our Saviour, he sees, not us, but Jesus. Someone once said to look at the word this way: JUST AS IF I'D NEVER SINNED. This is the meaning of justification. Remember, we are justified by faith, we simply have to believe what God says about us. (Ro 5:1).
This means -
- The state of being sanctified
- The state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion.
While our standing before God is one of justification, we still have to go on living and developing as Christians, and this is where sanctification comes in. Our sanctification is a gradual changing and developing of our total being into the image of Jesus. It is the conscious setting apart of ourselves for the service of God. (Ro 12:1-2).
Other lesson within this book are,
AUTHORITY FOR DIVINE HEALING
THE PERSONALITY AND POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
CONCERNING SPIRITUAL GIFTS
THE LAW OF THE LORD
THE UNIQUE WITNESS OF PRAYER
THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH