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Go therefore

and make disciples

of all the nations…

(Matthew 28:19)

Perhaps this series may be regarded as a beginner’s guide to Christianity, but it will also help those who are more mature to review what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ. We hope you will find it informative and inspiring.

An Introduction to God

Who is God? How is He like? These and other questions will be answered in this brief introduction to God.

Responding to God with Faith

God is powerful, and he is good. He always uses his enormous power to further his promise of love and grace toward his people. He is gentle, loving, slow to anger and full of mercy. That’s good, but what difference does it make in our lives? How do we respond to a God who is simultaneously powerful and gentle?

Responding to God with Worship

We respond to God with worship, because worship is simply giving God what is fitting. He is praiseworthy, not only for his power but also for his gentleness. God is love, and all that he does is done in love. This is praiseworthy.

Who Is This Man?

esus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” That question confronts us, too: Who is this man? What authority does he have? Why should we trust him? The Christian faith centers on Jesus Christ. We need to understand what kind of person he is.

Why Jesus Gives Us Hope

The Old Testament is a story of frustrated hope. It begins by telling us that humans were created in the image of God. But it was not long before we humans sinned, and we were kicked out of paradise. But along with the word of judgment also came a word of promise....

Jesus Helps Us in Everyday Trials

From birth to death, Jesus had a difficult life. He had moments of joy, and hours of pain — and we are no better than he is, so we cannot expect a trouble-free life. In this world, Jesus said, we will have trials, but we are not left without hope....

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Jesus had an amazingly productive ministry, teaching and healing thousands. He attracted large crowds and had potential for much more. He could have healed thousands more by traveling to the Jews and Gentiles who lived in other areas. But Jesus allowed this work to come to a sudden end. He could have avoided arrest, but he chose to die instead of expanding his ministry....

Commemorating the Crucifixion

Almost 2,000 years ago, a Jewish carpenter was condemned as a dangerous religious and political rebel. He was executed in one of the most painful and shameful punishments ever known: flogging and crucifixion. This form of death was a scandal to both Jews and Gentiles. Nevertheless, Jesus’ followers made a point of remembering his death — why?

Trials and Faith

Some Christians think that they have a guaranteed a way to escape trials. They point to biblical promises that God will intervene for those who have faith in his Son. However, God not only promises to help us in our trials — he also promises us trials!

Alive Forevermore!

Jesus did not stay dead for long. Sunday morning, near sunrise, some disciples discovered that the Son of God had risen. They did not see the resurrection itself, but they saw Jesus, alive and well. Over a span of 40 days, they saw Jesus on numerous occasions. Then he rose into heaven. But Jesus is not taking a vacation. His ministry continues....

Evidence of the Resurrection

Christians, Jews, and atheists agree that Jesus was crucified and buried. The crucial belief for Christianity is that he was also resurrected — as evidence that he is the Son of God, the teacher of truth, the door and the way of salvation, the first fruits of the resurrection. There is good evidence for his resurrection.

Responding to Jesus With Prayer

How do we respond to the risen Jesus? The book of Hebrews tells us: Since Jesus has risen into heaven as our great high priest, then we can have confidence to enter God’s presence, and because of that, we should enter his presence (Hebrews 10:19-22).

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God at work – creating, speaking, transforming us, living within us, working in us. Although the Holy Spirit can do this work without our knowledge, it is helpful for us to know more.

Can You "Hear" the Holy Spirit?

When the church in Antioch gathered for worship, the Holy Spirit spoke to them: “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Does the Holy Spirit speak to us today? Can we hear what he says to us?

Can You Trust the Holy Spirit to Save You?

I was talking with a friend who had been a Christian for many years. The topic of his baptism came up.

“Why did you want to be baptized?” I asked. “I wanted to receive the power of the Holy Spirit so that I could overcome all my sins.” “Did it work?” He laughed. “No.” His intentions were good, but his understanding was flawed....

What is Salvation?

Salvation is a rescue operation. To understand salvation, we need to know what the problem was, what God did about it, and how we respond to it.

Responding to Grace in Our Relationships

How do we respond to God’s grace? One way that we respond is by extending grace to others, in our families, neighborhoods, and workplaces. If we are all going to live with God forever, we will also be living with each other forever....

Is Jesus the Only Way of Salvation?

People sometimes object to the Christian belief that salvation is given only through Jesus Christ. In our pluralistic society, tolerance is expected, even demanded, and the concept of freedom of religion (which permits all religions) is sometimes misinterpreted to mean that all religions are somehow equally true....

Christian Life

When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we have begun the Christian life. Accepting Christ is only a beginning – God isn’t finished with us yet. After we come to faith, what do we do? How does faith make a difference in the way we live?

The Goal of the Christian Life

What is the goal of the Christian life, and how do we help one another get there?

The Purpose of Blessings

People often ask why God allows trials. When we are in a trial, we want to know why. Why has this pain come upon us? Why me? We may even stay awake at night thinking about it, praying about it. But have we ever considered why God allows blessings?

What Is the Church?

The Bible says that people who have faith in Christ become part of the “church.” What is the church? How is it organized? What is its purpose?

Six Functions of the Church

Why do we meet together each week for worship and instruction? With a lot less bother, couldn’t we worship at home, read the Bible and listen to a sermon on the radio or the Internet?

Responding to the Church With Teamwork

Sometimes Christians assume that full-time pastors serve the Lord more than other members do. Although that may be true in some cases, it is not true in all cases. Paul tells us, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Whenever a Christian works in a bank, he or she does it for the glory of God. A Christian who teaches school does it to glorify God. A Christian who takes care of children at home glorifies God in changing diapers and cleaning floors. They are all serving the Lord—full-time, perhaps 100 hours a week!

The Written Word of God

How do we know who Jesus is, or what he taught? How do we know when a teaching is false? Where is the authority for sound doctrine and right living? The Bible is the inspired and infallible record of what God wants us to know and do.

The Importance of Doctrine

Enduring Christian faith is not built merely on good feelings, on brief moments of sensing God’s presence in the beauty of the creation, or on a short inspirational story once a week. Good feelings and moments of inspiration are wonderful blessings – but those feelings alone cannot lead us into the changed life of unity and reconciliation with God that comes through knowing and believing in Jesus Christ. We need enduring faith, and that is built on knowing and understanding truth about God.

"Be devoted to Scripture"

One of Christianity’s most important doctrines is that of the authority of Scripture. Scripture is the basis for what we teach.

The End Is a New Beginning

If there is no future, then it would be foolish to have faith in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:19). Prophecy is an essential and encouraging part of the Christian faith. Prophecy announces tremendously good news for us. We will find it most encouraging if we focus on the core message, not debatable details.

The Resurrection — Our Hope For the Future

The apostle Paul tells us, “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Corinthians 15:13-14). In other words, if there isn’t any resurrection, our faith is pointless....

Sharing the Good News

After Jesus had been resurrected and had appeared to his disciples for several weeks, he took them to the Mount of Olives. The disciples asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6). In other words, where are we now in the prophetic timetable? Are we near the end?

Discipleship 101

About the authors

Michael Morrison received a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2006. After working for Grace Communion International in various writing and editorial capacities, he is now an instructor and Dean of Faculty at Grace Communion Seminary. He is also an associate pastor of NewLife Fellowship in Glendora, California. He has written several books, numerous e-books, and is the editor of this article series.

Joseph Tkach is president of Grace Communion International and presenter of the video series Speaking of Life. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific Seminary. He has written Transformed by Truth and numerous articles and e-books.

The articles in this series were originally written in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and have all been edited in 2016.

Articles Under Revision

As we update our web site, we thought it was time to revise many of the articles we had posted. This is a job that requires much time and effort, and while we apologize for the inconvenience of finding some of the articles temporarily missing, we truly appreciate your patience and your prayerful support. Thank you.