Winter 2019 Unit 1 Introduction

Major Christian Beliefs


    When we communicate with one another, the final words of our communication are often significant. As Paul closed his first letter to the Corinthians, amid his greetings and requests, he gave these growing Christians a strong exhortation:

                                              “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”— 1 Corinthians 16:13, NIV

    Corinthians lived out their faith in a very pagan and sometimes hostile environment in Corinth, it was vital that they stand strong in what they believed. They needed to be on their guard, be courageous in faith, and be strong in their conviction to follow Christ.

We, too, live in a society that is increasingly indifferent toward Christianity, and sometimes even hostile toward the beliefs and convictions of the Christian faith. And while your students may not face the kinds of dangerous external threats encountered by the Corinthians, they likely find their beliefs challenged more and more by the culture around them. How will they respond? How can you, as a Christian leader and instructor, help them prepare to respond?

     This unit is designed to help convey the fundamental teachings of Christianity, then explain why each of these beliefs is important. It begins with the foundational source of our knowledge of God: Scripture. Students will discover why we believe the Bible is God’s Word—and thereby uniquely qualified to teach them right and wrong, and shape how they are to live their lives. The lesson ends by exploring an important concept: The Word of God is alive and powerful, in that as God’s Word it will impact their lives as much today as it did God’s people centuries and even millennia in the past.

      From there, you will discuss key topics such as the nature of God revealed in the doctrine of the Trinity (Lesson 2). This is especially relevant in a world that increasingly seeks to make beliefs about God a matter of personal worldview and preference. This lesson is followed by studies of salvation, the Church, and Christ’s return (Lessons 3-6). You will also find the Christmas lesson, which is especially appropriate in a unit such as this.

     The unit ends on a practical note, discussing how students can live out their beliefs (Lesson 7). While the doctrines of holiness and sanctification are discussed here, they are dealt with from the perspective of what these concepts mean in practice as well as belief.

As you move through these lessons, think about how the teachings you provide can translate into real life: What kinds of questions of faith do these lessons answer? How can these lessons help students share their faith with the lost? How can these lessons help them respond to skepticism and doubt expressed in a lost world? How can students’ attitudes, decisions, and actions be shaped by what they learn? To this end, you might interact with specific issues or questions in your community—or even society as a whole—as you prepare and teach. Most importantly, pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to direct your lessons in ways that will help students grow in faith and knowledge of their Lord Jesus Christ.



Unit 1: Major Christian Beliefs


Lesson 6 Christ Will Come Again

January 5, 2020

Lesson 7 Living a Christlike Life

January 12, 2020

Unit 2: Letters to the Thessalonians Lesson 8 Entrusted With the Gospel

January 19, 2020

Lesson 9 Stand firm in Christ

January 26, 2020

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