Basic Christianity, Part Four: The Trinity

Before we begin this study, let’s quickly recap what we have already learned in previous studies. We began with discussing reasons why it is good and necessary to have an understanding of Christianity. We then turned our attention to defining what God is. We examined His attributes, that He is infinite, eternal and unchangeable, and his various characteristics. Today we expand our study of God by expanding our definition of God. We will introduce the concept of the Trinity. Trinity …

Day Thirty – Shaped For Serving God

I was shaped to serve God. Just as every creature in the world was created to play a specific role in the world, so I was created to do a specific thing. I was created to fulfill a specific ministry. God gave me abilities, interests, talents, gifts, personality and life experiences so I could use them all for His glory. When I identify and understand these factors, I can discover God’s will for my life. Warren summarizes the five main …

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Basic Christianity, Part Three: What Is God?

A study of Christianity must depend on an understanding of God, for without God there is no Christianity. In this article we will learn about God – what He is and how we know about Him. Of all the topics we will examine in this series, this may well be the most incomprehensible. An exhaustive examination of God could fill many libraries, so please realize this study will barely even scratch the surface of what God is. In defining God …

Day Twenty Nine – Accepting Your Assignment

Day twenty nine of The Purpose Driven Life begins the section on my fourth purpose which is serving God. I was put on this earth to make a contribution and to make a difference with my life. This purpose is my “ministry” or service. I was created to serve God. I was placed on this earth for a special assignment of serving God. I was saved to serve God. God saved me so I could do his holy work. I …

Basic Christianity, Part Two: Introduction

Having settled the rules, let’s move on to a discussion of why an understanding of Christianity is important. As I mentioned at the outset, I hope to answer the question “Why should I bother learning about Christianity?” As a person working in the computer industry, I am often told about wonderful new pieces of hardware of software. A friend may have bought a new Palm Pilot and tries to convince me it is a tool I just should not be …

Day Twenty Eight – It Takes Time

Day twenty eight of The Purpose Driven Life is the final chapter devoted to my third purpose which is becoming like Christ. Warren closes this section with a discussion of the time it takes to mature in my faith. There are no shortcuts and no easy answers to reaching Christian maturity. It takes time and perseverance. God began His work in me the minute I became a Christians, but this work takes a lifetime to complete. As a matter of …

Basic Christianity, Part One: Ground Rules & Presuppositions

A Starting Place I have been asked by a few different visitors to this site to write a series about basic Christianity. At first I hesitated, thinking that surely there were many, many similar series on the Internet that I could direct people to. I was only partially correct. There are many courses available, but most seem to be geared towards a knowledgeable Christian audience. They assume a belief in the Bible and extensive knowledge of it. I do not …

Day Twenty Seven – Defeating Temptation

God will never allow me to face a temptation that is too much for me to bear. God provides me all I need to be able to stay strong through temptation. I can do my part by following four principles: Refocus my attention on something else. If I focus on the problem I will never defeat it. Rather than focus on the temptation I am to divert my mind and think about other things. When temptations arise I do not …

Day Twenty Six – Growing Through Temptation

Day twenty seven of The Purpose Driven Life deals with temptation and how every temptation is an opportunity to do good. A temptation is only a stumbling block if I react the wrong way. What Satan uses as his primary tool to destroy me is what God uses as a primary tool to develop my character. “God develops the fruit of the Spirit in your life by allowing you to experience circumstances in which you’re tempted to express the exact …

Day Twenty Five – Transformed By Trouble

Because today is a very busy Sunday, this is an abbreviated look at day twenty five of The Purpose Driven Life God has a purpose behind every trouble. God uses circumstances to develop my character. God will often use tough times in life to test me and mold me into Christ’s likeness. Through the hard times I need to remember that God is in control and that He has promised to work all things for good. This means that despite …