FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS OF CHRISTIAN LIVING:
EXPERIENCING JESUS THOUGH OTHERS

A Strong Church is Living in
and through Connections of People

Three Noble Truths of Christianity

Three Ignoble Illusions of Man

The Final Solution of Life

Foundations of Relationships

The Completeness of Togetherness

126 Pages - 15CD's
6 Supplemental Readings

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The Unique Biblical View of Life

Mankind seems to be caught on a perpetual merry-go-round. The piped music plays as most go through life being carried continuously up and down by the circumstances of life. Finally, when all is said and done for most of their lives, it seems they have merely gone around in circles. Up and down, round and round life seems to have little, if any, meaningful direction.

If Christianity is abundant life (John 10:10), why does it seem that so many Christians actually do not reign in life? Also, if "the gates of hell shall not prevail against [the Church]" (Matt. 16:18), why do so many local churches actually struggle to stay alive. Although Christians are to be, "Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness . . ." (Col. 1:11), the characteristic of "all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness" is definitely lacking in the life of many believers.

The remedy for this all too often anemic condition can be found in exploring the Biblical view of life. Fundamental Truths of Christian Living: Experiencing Jesus through Others is a Bible study accentuating the unique Christian world view of life. It centers on the three primary reasons the mass of humanity fail to experience the joyful, abundant life they desire.

Fundamental Truths of Christian Living Is
A Bible Study for Individuals or for Small Groups

Purpose of Course: Jesus taught His disciples to pray, ". . . Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil . . . ." Hidden in the meaning of the Lordís prayer are three noble truths of Christianity. The purpose of this Bible study is to give an overview of what it means to be Christian in the light of those truths.

Theme of the Course
: Jesus said, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." Christian living is based solely upon the words of Jesus. Moreover, the Spirit of revelation must continually break into and conquer the fleshly understanding of manís mind for Christian learning to occur. The theme of this course is to attempt to let the participants hear Jesus speak to them as the writings of the early followers of Jesus are examined in the light of the illumination of the Holy Spirit.

Method of Course

 

1. Read the "Introduction" for the Appropriate Session
2. Listen to the recording for that session (Be sure to write down
any
    questions or points of interest for the discussion time.)
3. Attend the "Discussion" for that Session (Time will be set by
    the group.)

Further Questions
Any further questions or discussion can be made at www.wayofchrist.org.

Simply click on "Ask James."
Type in your question or discussion point.
Click on "submit."

Individual Study



Follow the same procedure with the exception that your discussion will be conducted online at www.wayofchrist.org.

Introduction to Fundamental Truths Bible Study

All men by divine fiat are social creatures. What it means to be a human being is found only in the expression of the interaction of at least two people. Although a person has individuality, he has his identity only in the light of another person. He actually comes to know and to understand himself as he see himself reflected in the lives of other people.

As beholding himself in a mirror, he comes to know himself from what he sees. The reflections that come back to him from the people with whom he is interacting is the sole basis for his sense of identity. This fact alone inseparably ties an individual to the need of others.

Like the musical note that stands alone, the melodious medley of life is non-existence in the acts of an individual. For an individual to experience the good life he must enter into a strain or series of harmonious interaction with others sharing the same moment of time. The individual makes music only when he is placed in relationships with others.

Furthermore, changing the particular frequency of an individual musical note standing alone matters little. Changing the frequency of that musical note as it stands in relation to other musical notes, however, can move the sound from harmony to disharmony or from mere noise to the sound of music. It is the relationship of the notes that makes the melodious music.

So it is in living life. It matters little if an individual standing alone changes anything or everything about himself. As he moves in and out of relationships, however, the essence of life is drastically altered. The good life (or the bad life) is measured only by the interaction between individuals.

It is within relationships that the connecting links of life have their greatest potential. All that the Scriptures proclaim, the heavens and the hells of life, transpire in the interaction of the connections of life. The ground of being for the germination of all life is the interaction of relationships.


Table of Content

Session  1 Repentance Unto Life: Lollipops, Band-Aids, and the Final Solution
Session  2 Introducing the Solution:  Three Noble Truths
Session  3 Resisting the Solution: Three Ignoble Illusions
Session  4 Final Solution: The Ways of Life
Session  5 Seed-Time and Harvest: Reality of Life
Session  6 Experiencing the Harvest: A Moment of Glory
Session  7 Secret of Life: Living in Dying
Session  8 Joy of Living: Struggles of Life
Session  9 Foundations of Relationships: The Image of God
Session 10 Living Together: Completeness of Life
Session 11 The Mystery of Threeness: A Biblical View of Life
Session 12 As the Seed Grows So Goes Life:  The Gestation of Life
Session 13 Interaction with Others: Experiencing Jesus
Session 14 Experiencing the Solution: The Bloom of the Flower
Session 15

Lollipops, Band-Aids, and the Final Solution

The Mystery of Life Explained

The thumb represents the first person (Adam). Before he could experience a life of fulfillment, he had to be put to sleep. His current world of experience came to an end. While he was asleep, the essence of the second person was taken from his side. The little finger represents the second person (Eve). God took the rib from Adam, formed Eve, and then presented her back to Adam.  When the second person was joined to the first person, it produced a third entity--the relationship between the two individuals. Now, there were three--the image and likeness of God was completed.  The index finger represents the image of God--the manifestation of the likeness of the Son of God between the two. It is how flesh and blood bodies enter into and experience the kingdom of God. The entire process is the mystery of life demonstrating the three noble truths of Christianity

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