On any building project, starting with a properly laid foundation is critical for success in achieving a structurally sound building. The same is true in the Christian life. If you enjoyed the Foundation small group study, we’ve got more great resources that dig deeper into the main takeaway of each lesson.
In this short summary, Forms of the Gospel, Corey does a really good job of explaining Tim Keller’s perspective on the different ways in which the gospel can be communicated, and how these are all necessary to holistically understand the entirety of the gospel message given to us in the Bible.
With all of our denominational differences and variations in biblical interpretation, the core of the Christian faith sometimes gets lost. When sharing with someone who is curious about Christian beliefs, or even when talking to other Christians, we can get caught up in the nuances of how we should approach and understand certain issues. What Must Someone Believe in Order to Be Saved? is John Piper’s explanation of the indispensable truths that we must hold on to as believers.
How Doubt Saved My Faith is an article about what it looks like to have a healthy amount of doubt in one’s life. As the writer explains, Christians frequently shy away from thinking too hard about things for fear of drowning in doubt. We put all of our focus into preventing people from going in too deep, instead of teaching people how to get out of that. And the writer acknowledges that there is also such a thing as too much doubt, if we let that doubt prevent us from jumping in and putting our faith in God.
Perhaps you’ve never really doubted your salvation. Maybe you never put much thought into it, or maybe you’ve always known and believed that the Bible teaches that you can’t lose your salvation. Assurance and Experience is Corey’s account of what this lack of doubt looked like in his own life. He realizes the importance of thinking critically and questioning our beliefs, and learning to see the part that God plays in bringing us out of feelings of uncertainty and unworthiness.
In The Power of Confession and Community, Corey highlights the importance of confessing our sins both to God and to others. We need community, whether that is a group or an individual, to hold us accountable, to pray for us, to help us fight our sinful tendencies and desires. Read this to learn about what it looks like to practise this kind of confession in your life.
The Healing of Forgiveness is a video of a talk by Timothy Keller in which he explains God’s forgiveness by looking at the story of the paralytic healed at Capernaum (Luke 5:17-26). By examining each of the “puzzling” moments in this story, Keller reveals God’s tenderness, Jesus’ authority, and the “problem” that a holy and just God faces when pardoning sins that deserve punishment, and then uses those to point to humanity’s greatest need: forgiveness. As always, Timothy Keller is insightful, adding both nuance and clarity to commonly-taught Christian beliefs. (He even makes Kafka sound like a riveting read.)
This final lesson in the Foundation study is helpful for understanding how to use Scripture in our lives, but it assumes that you already understand why the Bible should be trusted. For many people early on in their spiritual walk, the trustworthiness of this text is an important question. How can we know that all of the different versions available today still communicate the same message as the original manuscripts, without having to take it on faith? Everybody Knows the Bible’s Been Changed….Right? is a blog post that explains how we can have confidence in current translations and versions of the text.
Now that you know the importance of applying Scripture to your life, you might be wondering how you should go about learning the Scriptures and what they say. Check out Ways to Read the Bible and Ways to Study the Bible for some ideas on how to familiarize yourself with Scripture and how to approach it for insight and understanding.
For more great resources like these, check out the rest of our More to Grow On for “Equipped” Series.