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Q9 : Teaching New Believers

I am working on finding some outlines or articles on Learning God's truth and why we believe. Is the bible really God's word and how to apply it to our lives. I work with our youth at Grace church in Racine Wisconsin. I have never done any reserch and have not been involved long with our youth. I feel God is taking me to a newer level and maturity in Him. Do you have any suggestions that would be helpful to my search...Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. . . . May He bless you richly.

A9 : by Tony Garland

To get started with, I can recommend some excellent summaries on the inspiration and authority of God's Word which are found in popular study bibles:
  • The The MacArthur Studya Bible includes several excellent introductory articles titled: "Introduction ot the Bible," "How we got the Bible," and  "How to Study the Bible."
  • The Ryrie Study Bibleb includes several excellent introductory articles titled: "The Inspiration of the Bible," "Understanding the Bible," "How we Got our Bible," and "The Meaning and Blessings of Salvation."
  • The Believer's Study Biblec (by the Criswell Center for Biblical Studies) has some good introductory articles: "The Scarlet Thread of Redemption," "The Bible: A Book of Destiny," "Why We Believe the Bible."
On the application of Biblical truths to life, I can recommend Designed to be Like Himd by J. Dwight Pentecost. This is suitable for older youth and adults, but could be useful as a source for an outline and material for your own teaching to the students.
 
There is also a course on our website titled Doctrines Believers Should Know which provides an overview of some of the areas you mention (Inspiration of the Bible, etc.).  Unfortunately, it was one of our first courses so does not have associated audio recordings. But the notes could provide a starting place for a teacher to pull together material from the Scriptures to present to students:
 
The notes on The Inspiration Of the Bible are here:
 
We also have a short evangelistic pamphlet which presents reasons to believe, titled Why I Believe:
 

Another book I can recommend which is a tremendous source for bible teaching in general is Major Bible Themese by Lewis Sperry Chafer, edited by John Walvoord.  All of the books I've mentioned should be available through www.ChristianBooks.com or even www.amazon.com.

Two other excellent introductory books which can be purchased from Tyndale Theological Seminaryf bookstore (800 886-1415).  The two books are called Equipping the Saints: Discipleship Manual.  The first book is "Division 1, The Basics" and the second book is "Division 2, Basic Bible Knowledge."
 
The first volume deals with the following topics: Salvation; Assurance; Daily Time with God; Prayer Life; Personal Bible Study; Scripture Memorization; Confession of Sin; Dealing with Temptation; The Spirit-filled Life; Obedience; God's Discipline; Developing Godly Habits of Living; Knowing God's Will; Stewardship; The Church.
 
The second volume covers the following topics: Inspiration & Inerrancy; Bible Interpretation; The Trinity; Deity of Christ; Salvation; Sanctification; Satan & Demons; The Christian Life and Future Events; Systematized Bible Study; Evidences for the Christian Faith; Biblical Family Roles; The Man, Husband & Father; The Woman, Wife & Mother; the Child.
 
Each of these topics is presented in a single chapter and includes fill-in-the-blank self-quiz forms, a self test, and pointers to other suggested reading.
 
These study guides were written by Dr. Russell Penney and are from a conservative perspective. They are among the best materials of this nature that I've seen anywhere.

I hope this will give you something to get started with as you minister to your youth.


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