Rebuilding the Foundations
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The original plan for Rebuilding the Foundations was to begin with verses that talked about the foundation of our faith. Although that seemed the obvious beginning , it turned out to be the wrong one. The verses that talk about Christian foundations are written for Christians. Thus, in order to discuss the foundations of our faith as given by Scripture rather than centuries of tradition, I need to start with the pre-foundations foundation: the Gospel and baptism.
It is a frightening think to challenge an evangelical gospel that has led so many into a godly and devoted Christian life in the service of God through Jesus Christ. I feel free to challenge it, however, because we all know that a large percentage of evangelical converts either fall away or become nominal and even bored. This often happens within the first year of their conversion. Jesus said that good trees do not produce bad fruit.
Because of this the Gospel is our starting point. Once we have established what it is we are supposed to believe when we first believe in Jesus. then we can look at the things that the Bible says are foundational for Christians. That foundation will lead us from concept to concept and from verse to verse until it has rounded up most of the New Testament and fit it into a paradigm that most Christians have forgotten or, worse, rejected.
Once that paradigm, or model, is clear, I will show that there was a time when all the churches of the Roman empire held to that model.
Hopefully, you are now either skeptical or thrilled at the prospect of a model of the Christian faith that was once universal. Let us find out if I can back up that claim.