Over the years I have noticed one common trait amongst most Christians — a serious lack of what they believe and why they believe it.
I’m not talking about the debatable theological issues that theologians have been arguing about for centuries. I’m talking about the core basic beliefs of evangelical Christianity that every follower of Jesus should have a grasp of — those basic beliefs that go across denominational lines that are common to all Christians.
So about 20 years ago, I developed a 13-week course I call Christianity 101. This study is a basic theology course in simple, everyday language. It explores Christianity in its theological and practical aspects. The textbook is the Bible.
I have taught it many, many times over the last 20 years to very diversified groups of people — from junior highers to senior citizens, from those who have been Christians for more than 70 years to non-Christians. I’ve had the privilege to teach it in churches, to a workplace lunch-time Bible study, to a Christian group in a public high school (before the school day began), and in homes. I love to teach it because it strengthens my own faith, and I’ve seen people explode with spiritual growth as they grasp hold of these truths. Over the years I’ve had many people tell me that the study changed their lives.
I humbly invite you to join me on a 13-week journey this fall on Wednesday evenings at New Hope Church. My desire is not to take you away from your home church, but to be a small supplement to it.
If you’ re interested in taking this study, I invite you to an information meeting this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at New Hope Church, 330 S. Fairmont Ave., Suite 1 in Lodi. We’ll go over the topics of the course and answer questions you may have so that you can make an informed decision on whether or not you would like to take it. Call me at 209-334-4673 if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you Wednesday evening.
Pastor Frank Nolton
New Hope Community Church