- Chapter 1 Learning How To Follow Jesus
- Chapter 2 Following Jesus By Getting Baptized
- Chapter 3 Following Jesus By Going To Church
- Chapter 4 How To Choose A Good Church
- Chapter 5 Learning To Pray Basic Prayers
- Chapter 6 Learning How To Study The Bible
- Chapter 7 Learning How To Worship God
- Chapter 8 Learning How To Share Your Faith
- Chapter 9 Understanding The Will Of God
Christianity 101 – Chapter 1
The Three Ingredients In Learning How To Follow Jesus
It has been 33 years since I made the decision to follow Jesus. Sometimes because of the years, I forget that people need to learn the first steps to take in their Christian walk.
So this book is designed to help those that are starting off in their Christian walk and need to learn the basics of faith.
Later it was revised so that it could be used as a basics of Christianity Bible study and is now being used in many nations across the world. It probably isn’t everything you need to know about Christianity, but it covers everything you need to start off and develop a strong vibrant relationship with Jesus.
The book is not about do’s and don’ts. It is about relationship with God, Jesus, and His people, the church. It comes from that perspective.
The first time people were called Christians were in Antioch.
26 When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.)
The word Christian literally means “follower of Christ” in the Greek. So this book is geared towards that. It will teach you how to be a follower of Christ.
When I gave my life to Jesus and made the decision to follow Him, I was absolutely ignorant about anything to do with the basics of Christianity and following Jesus.
I grew up in a family that went to church only on holidays and the church they went to was more religious than it was anything else. Absolutely everything I learned after I became a follower of Jesus was new to me.
How I became a follower of Christ was basically a 3 part process even though at the time I wasn’t aware of that process.
Today I see the process and I am going to do my best to try to explain that process to you so that you too can become a follower of Jesus.
19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
The first time that anyone was asked to follow Jesus was when Jesus approached Simon Peter and Andrew and simply said “Follow me”. He did the same with James and John the sons of Zebedee. What transpired for them was a three year journey of getting to know Jesus, letting Jesus change their heart, and carrying on with the works of Jesus.
1. Getting to know Jesus
You cannot follow someone who you do not know. Following Jesus is more than just chasing after Him. It means that you are going to walk in the same footsteps and live the same way as He did.
This takes a deep personal knowledge of who He is and what makes Him think and do the things He does. It takes a personal relationship with Him. If you do not have that personal relationship, then you can go to the Peace With God website that shows you how you can simply start that relationship.
Once you have started that personal relationship with Jesus, then you can start getting to know Him on a personal basis.
The way you do that is by reading about Him and talking to Him. You read about Him in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They are four accounts of the life of Jesus and have what you need to know to start learning about how He thought and acted.
As you start reading these accounts of His life, you then start praying and asking Jesus to reveal His heart and His motives as to why He thought and did the things He did.
He will send the Holy Spirit to illuminate the what you are reading so you understand not only the facts, but the reasons and motives for what He did.
This is important because it leads you to the second ingredient in becoming a follower of Jesus.