why do some have mistaken ideas about christianity

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STUDY GUIDE

Module/Week 1: Introduction to Theology

Textbook Readings:

Towns: Introduction Ch. 1
Introduction
1. How did the term БChristianБ originate? Created as sarcastic attack, it was not about doctrine, or the things Christians did. Those
who were called Christians were known for their relationship to Jesus Christ. 2. Who was this book written for? For those who know something about Christianity but want to know more. For the
curious who want to know what Christianity is all about. 3. Why do some have mistaken ideas about Christianity? Media Bias, bad testimonies of those who call themselves Christians, evangelist who
seem more interested in healing etcБ

Chapter 1
1. What year was Jesus born? 4 B. C. 2. When was Christianity made RomeБs national religion? AD 313

3. What is the Incarnation? The word is used to describe God becoming a man and taking on human flesh. 4. Does the Bible states that Jesus was the creator of the world? Yes
5. Did Jesus claim to have supernatural origins? Yes
6. Who baptized Jesus? John the Baptist
7. Did Jesus allow people to worship him? Yes he received worship

Etzel Gutierrez: Introduction Chs. 1Б5

1. Why does the author say that everyone is a theologian? That everyone is a Theologian because everyone has thoughts about God
2. What areas of our lives are influenced by the way we see God? The way we treat each other, our stewardship of GodБs creation, our understanding of our
vocation as a way to glorify God- All areas of life are changes as our view of God
changes
3. How did Jesus show that he is worthy of our faith? When he was raised from the dead, promises to remember His followers when He enters
Kingdom

4. Do Christians need to ignore intellect and reason in order to have faith in Jesus? No, it is beneficial to use reasoning while trying to understand faith. What is right, what
is wrong. Our job is to use reasoning for Hid glory not our own
5. What does Jesus teach about truth? Jesus appeals to the Word of God as truth (John 18:38)

Online Excerpts:

БUnderstanding the FaithБ

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What is more important than the sincerity of your belief? The object of our faith or correctness
2. What are the six types of faith that describe the believer s relationship to God? a. b. c. d. e. f. Doctrinal Faith (Statement of faith)
Saving Faith
Justifying Faith
Indwelling Faith (or Christ Faith)
Daily Faith
The Gift of Faith (The Holy Spirit is the Бagent of faithБ)

БProlegomena to TheologyББPg. 18Б24

1. What are the four tools for accurately arranging a systematic theology? a. b. c. d. Collecting data
Scientifically arranging and comparing it
Exhibiting
Defending

2. What four questions must we ask about faith? a. b. c. d. Is the system consistent? Does it correspond to reality? What [exactly] is theology? [Should we] defend the Bible? 3. What 5 factors can limit our theology? a. b. c. d. e. The test of consistency
The test of correspondence (to reality/life)
The test of priority of data [prioritizing]The test of cohesiveness
The test of thoroughness

БThe Names of ChristБ Б Pg. 160Б173

1. What chapter of the New Testament does the author suggest contains the most names
of Jesus? John 1
2. Which of GodБs names do some scholars think that Jesus is claiming with his БI amБ
statements? Jehovah
3. What is the term Бonly begottenБ used to describe about Jesus? Used to describe the unique relationship between the Father and Jesus
4. Why does the author think that the Gospel of John calls Jesus the БwordБ? To refer to the revelation or message of God
5. What would Jews think who heard Christ calling Himself the БSon of ManБ? Messiah

БThe Deity of ChristББPg. 155Б160

1. T/F Jesus Christ is the second member of the trinity, is equal with the father in nature
and yet submissive in duty. True
2. T/F Christ was a single and undivided personality. True
3. T/F Jesus claimed to be one with the father. True
4. T/F Jesus claimed to have the ability to forgive sins.

True
5. T/F Jesus allowed people to worship him. True
6. T/F Jesus claimed to have omnipresence, omniscience and omnipotence. True
7. What does the term БpreexistenceБ mean? That Christ existed in the Old Testament
8. What does the term БeternalityБ mean when referring to Christ? That Jesus Christ is not limited by time, but that he has no beginning or end
9. T/F The fact that Christ allowed people to worship him shows that He thought that he
was divine. True

This study series is to answer several related questions that are often disputed among Christians. Once saved, always saved? Can I lose my salvation? How can I have the assurance of salvation? Must we do good БworksБ in order to be saved and then also to maintain or keep our salvation? Is salvation instantaneous, once for all, or is it progressive throughout your lifetime? We will look at the Bible verses people often used to refute and reject the Scriptural doctrinal truth that believers are in fact are Бforever saved,Б often referred to as Бeternal securityБ for believers. The fact is that all Biblical confusion and apparent contradictions would disappear if people would follow PaulБs admonition to the word of truthБ )! Study What? To Divide What? Paul advises us to study the Bible because a mere perusal of Бthe word of God Б leads to error and this will do. Bible study answers all our questions, but only if we will study it carefully,! When we believe any passage must also then believe the part of the verses that tell us. Do the verses we study, or do they concern. Б In Bible Study, we must carefully, divide, and and also how it from that which Бthe church, the body of Christ. Б Why Rightly Divide the Written Word of God? We rightly divide the word because mixing the truths of IsraelБs БLawБ program and its performance based demandsБ with the PaulБs of GodБ for the Gentile church in todayБs Gentile age of Бthe gospel of the grace of GodБ (Acts 20:24).

Failure to do has caused the confusion, division, and insecurity of believers, and the loss of the clear calling and purpose for Church today. Paul wrote of the Galatians who turned back from PaulБs Grace Gospel to IsraelБs Law. БChrist is become of no effect (no benefit) unto you, whosoever of you (you Galatians who ) are ;. Б (Gal. 5:4). Does the expression Бfallen from graceБ (above) mean that some of the Galatians lost their salvation? Of course not! Note that Paul still calls these Galatians БbrethrenБ nine times (Gal. 1:11, 3:15, 4:12, 4:28, 4:30, 5:11, 5:13, 6:1, 6:18)! All the Б brethrenБ are regenerated and saved as being Б born of GodБ as Father. The Galatian church was being pummeled with false teaching of works and performance based religion (Judaism). Some of these believers had been deceived to the point where they were now, Б a salvation that they had already received Бby grace through faith. Б But to him that, the ungodly, his is counted for righteousness. Б БThis only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? БFallen from graceБ simply means that some of the Galatians had for the members of Бthe church, the body of ChristБ Б Grace is the free reward for simply trusting solely in Jesus ChristБs at CalvaryБ for us. But because the Galatians now preferred LawБs legalism, they were rewarded on the basis of impossible works of keeping the whole Law. Their security, rest and peace was shattered. (cf. Rom. 4:1-8, 11:6; Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 2:16-21; Titus 3:5). For those who are unfamiliar with dispensational Bible study by rightly dividing the word of God (mid-Acts Pauline dispensationalism), the verses we will discuss can otherwise be quite confusing. But when we do approach the Bible correctly all confusion and seeming contradictionsБ disappear.

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