Going Deeper in the Essentials

God must be the focus of all that we do. We want to deepen our relationship with Him by growing our understanding of the Scriptures and through prayer. We want to encounter God; to know Him, not only to know about Him. “Going Deeper in the Essentials” is a series of seven comprehensive Bible Studies that help us do this.

Going Deeper in the Essentials – Bible Studies

Study 1 – God: Who Is He?

God is the ultimate reality! Building His Kingdom is entirely His idea, for His purpose, using His power and for His glory! Therefore, we MUST be aligned with His heart, His mind and His Spirit. That means having a God-focused culture is essential. In this study we look at what the Bible says about God and discover that He is a Trinitarian God.

Study 2 – God: What Is God Like?

In the second study we continue to focus on God. When we come to the character of God we realise that we cannot say everything the Bible teaches about God’s character at once. We need some way to consider it in chunks, and so we consider the attributes of God.

Study 3 – What Is God Like (Part 2)?

This study follows on from Study 2 in considering more attributes of God. We fall down at His feet and worship Him in awe and wonder: “God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever.” (1 Timothy 6:15b,16)

Study 4 – The Gospel: God Loves Us

The Gospel is bigger than a narrow set of scripture that you have to believe to be saved. The gospel is the “A to Z” of the Christian faith, not just the “A, B, C”. It is applicable to the believer and the unbeliever. It deals with the big issues of guilt, shame and fear that underlie different world views. It is bigger than individual salvation, having implications for all of creation.

Study 5 – The Word: God Talks To Us

God is a speaking God. Without Him speaking we would know little, if anything, of Him. We examine the implications of the fact that it is God who is speaking. Is all of Scripture God’s word? Does the Bible have any mistakes in it? How was it decided which books were in the Bible and which were left out? What is the final authority in matters of faith? Do we have true copies of the original manuscripts?

Study 6 – The Word: Interpretation and Application

Every reader of a bible is involved in interpretation. In this study we consider 11 principles of interpretation and then apply those to several different texts.

Study 7 – Prayer: Relating with God

In this study we consider from Scripture: what prayer is, why we pray, how to pray, what to pray and what hinders our prayer.

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