The Pilgrimage of Grace 1536 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We all know the question which came first the chicken or the egg well when speaking of Grace and Faith we must ask which came first? The truth is I am not so sure you can have one without the other. The fact is we are saved by Grace but with out Faith there can be no Grace. This provides for great discussion please lets focus on what is Grace (provide Scripture) and how it relates to Faith.
This concept of Grace is so powerful that as I think on it I go into a deep contemplative state. I can not help to be amazed by the Grace that God has shown me so please meditate on the concept and the state of Grace. Then write about it thanks.
Trial of Abraham’s Faith (engraving by Gustave Doré from the 1865 La Sainte Bible) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I want our first discussion to be about Faith. I find Faith to be a key agent in the beginning of ones walk with Christ. Remember we are saved by grace through faith. So here are the questions to be asked and discussed:
Define Faith. (obviously use Hebrews 11:1) I really want people to expand on their definition. Try to define it with out using words that are Christianeze. From the perspective of someone who knows nothing about Christianity and is wanting to learn.
Why is Faith a key base concept in Christianity?
In what way does Faith affect our daily choices?
Please as you talk use Scripture from both the New and Old Testaments and expand on your ideas so that those of us reading them will understand and feel free to get deep into the concept. The more material there is to work with the better the finished product will be.
English: A cross close to the church in Grense Jakobselv, Norway. Suomi: Risti kirkon lähellä Vuoremijoella, Norjassa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am starting a small series. I would like to have great discussion with the hope that if this goes well then the concepts vetted here can be published in a book format with the intended audience to be non-Christians who are interested in understanding Christianity in its simplest form.
I want to create a small easy to read book for someone who wants to learn about Christianity with out the Christian lingo in it but it expressly states the basic beliefs of all Christians. Lets work towards this goal.
I am thinking of these few topics (I want to keep the list short) faith, forgiveness, love, hope, grace, mercy. This is all. Please if you disagree with me say so in the discussion area below. I want to fine tune this prior to moving on. You will notice that I am not talking about Christ or about if God exist. Those topics are worthy of great discussion but that is for a different series. I am making certain assumptions and here they are:
Jesus is God
Bible is with out error
If you do not believe this then I am sorry this particular series is for those who do and though I eventually will have those discussions this particular series is not the place. Thanks all and God Bless.