About the Basic Discipleship Course
.... ". . . According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."(1 Corinthians 3:10-11)
.... ". . . till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ . . ."(Ephesians 4:13)
.... Over time these lessons will interconnect with each other, making their content and sequence even more important. So comprehensive is this effect in its scope that everything else we learn as Christians may arise from these core concepts. Therefore our wise master builder (who is ultimately the Holy Spirit, through the Scriptures), must be carefully consulted at each step. And according to His own ministry, He will constantly guide us into seeing Jesus in all that He teaches us (John 15:26).
.... The material in the basic discipleship course is the result of more than twenty years of study, proving and discovery. It is our sincerest hope that the Lord will connect with you here and use this material in your life, for His glory, and for your eternal benefit.
The Structure of the Course
.... If you will look in the right-hand column, you'll see an intermediate level of discipleship contained in a series of break-out modules; and over time, additional modules will be added. They include a significant apologetic element to provide living applications for these lessons.
.... With every lesson, basic or intermediate, please take careful note of the perspective that emerges and the potential that it offers. For the Scriptures foretell a Christ-centered reformation that will occur in the end time church, and this course has envisioned that goal from the outset (Ephesians 4:13). Even a reformation (and especially this one,) must start with the basics, and so in hindsight the connection with that goal will become more apparent. For further information on the end-time reformation, please click here
Benefits and Limitations of this Course
.... Research for this discipleship course began in 1982, and it first appeared on this blog in a daily series from March 2005 to February 2006. It was designed as a forum for discipleship in which the thoughts of many sincere Christians could be exchanged. This would provide new Christians (or older ones who were never taught the basics) with a place to build their foundation in Christ through online discussions. But it also introduced a limitation:
.... In the background of such a course, and especially for the sake of new Christians, a local pastoral element is always needed. The 'blog' format allows for the exchange of ideas so questions are likely to rise that require discussion and counseling. Friendships are often made this way and often, for unchurched persons, this can lead to a new church home. Yet the members of a single, world-wide community may never have the opportunity to meet each other in person, which puts those interpersonal benefits at risk. Furthermore, a single blogmaster/pastor might soon be overwhelmed by the scale of response and find themselves unable to minister effectively.