Rebuilding the Foundations
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These free Bible study lessons are not for the faint of heart. These are lessons that I have taught to disciples who want to follow Jesus over everything else. I believe they are encouraging, and they fit the purpose of the Scriptures: to equip men of God for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
I have begun a series I like that I am sending out week by week by text to friends and family who are new Christians or considering devoting themselves to following Jesus. Look for that series at the bottom of this page.
Some people may dislike [Rebuilding the Foundations]. It upsets applecarts, slays sacred cows, demands that we 'go back to the Bible' and for all of those reasons all of us must read it.—John Tancock
"3/3" (Three-thirds) Bible studies are used by Disciple-Making Movements (DMM). These movements have been planting churches and making disciples all over the world, even in persecuted countries. There are three unique things about 3/3 Bible studies:
The point of a 3/3 Bible study is to train each Christian to read the Bible themselves and equip them to reach and teach others simply by sharing what they have learned. As the name implies, there are three parts to a 3/3 Bible study.
Since the 3/3 Bible study was developed by founders of the Disciple-Making Movements that are sweeping the globe, most small churches using the 3/3 Bible study also make a commitment to create spiritual conversations with others through the week for the purpose of evangelism. DMMs make sure their members are equipped with ideas to approach people politely, warmly, and non-threateningly, but with purpose, not hiding their desire to spread the Gospel of Jesus.
This is a superb Bible study method that allows Christians to be able to lead Bible studies with other Christians or even with unsaved people in a warm and open environment. If you want to know more about being trained by one of these DMMS, see Zume.training or 2414now.net. There are some fantastic, faith-building books about the success of DMMs in persecuted countries like Miraculous Movements, T4T, and From Megachurch to Multiplication. The last of those books, written by a pastor in Lubbock, TX, will invite you to join training with them by Zoom after you have read the book and caught up with the current state of their movement on their blog.
I have also written a book called "Rebuilding the Foundations." You can read and download the PDF for free.
I was invited to speak at a gathering of Heaven's Family, my favorite missions organization. We have a missionary couple of our own in Africa, David and Cynthia Taylor, whom we love, and David was invited to speak there, too. I condensed Parts 1-3 of the Christian Model (below) into a teaching called "Rebuilding the Foundations." It's packed full, and God breathed on it. One missionary asked if he could translate it into Chinese. The leader of Heaven's Family suggested everyone spread the teaching. It was very exciting for me to see God move like that.
Part 1: God's Solid Foundation
Part 2: The Power to Obey
Part 3: The Gospel
We did this lesson in four parts. It was well worth the time.
Part 3A: The Messiah
Part 3B: Jesus' Gospel
Part 3C: The Apostles' Gospel
Part 3D: Gospel Overview (no Powerpoint)
2 Peter 1:3-11 is an amazing overview of the Christian life.
I did these teachings with men only through the winter of 2015-2016. All notes are written by me. Many of these have audio recordings with them so you can see how I taught them. If the recordings are over an hour, it is only because there were questions afterward.
There were fourteen of them, so obviously I have more to get ready for the internet.
The Kingdom of God: A biblical analysis of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Faith and Works: Resolving the dilemma between a judgment according to works and a salvation by faith apart from works.
The Judgment and Works: This study addresses the New Testament passages about the judgment.
A lot of things are called sound doctrine these days. A lot of things are put on the statement of faith of various Christian traditions. Most of those things, whether truth or error, do not fit the Bible's definition of sound doctrine. This free Bible Study lesson was put together using every verse in the New Testament that uses the word "doctrine."
This used to be a for-sale booklet, but it never sold. This bothers me because when I tell people its contents in person, they get very excited. "How to Make a Church Fail" is the story of how we got from the apostles to what I call "the fall of the church" under Constantine. It is written from the devil's perspective, as he tells the tale of what he did to get his flock intermingled with the flock of God.
If I have to say so myself, it is a very interesting read and should only take you an hour or so. The idea came to me on a drive to work along with the whole story. I drove to work and typed it up in about two hours. Despite how quickly I did it, it is well-referenced and historically accurate.
This series is based on the concept that the Sermon on the Mount, found it Matthew chapters 5-7, describes how Christians should live. The rest of the Bible is about the power to live that way. Read Matthew 5-7 first, then you can do the Bible studies.
The instructions and comments on each Bible study are very short. The Bible readings usually total less than 40 verses. If you will *do* them, however, they are powerful.
My Articles page does not go to prepared Bible study worksheets, but it does go to articles that you could turn into Bible studies.