Foundation studies cover the basic beliefs of the Christian faith. They are ideal for the curious unbeliever as well as the growth-minded believer. They are also helpful for the teacher who feels more comfortable teaching from content, rather than the more open-ended Discovery Bible study format. Foundation Studies consists of three parts.
PART 1: KEY QUESTIONS
Can we trust the Bible?
How was the Bible put together?
What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. — A.W. Tozer
Why is the Resurrection so important?
What Happens to Those Who Never Hear the Gospel?
- Read: Those Who Never Hear
- Watch: What Happens to Those Who Have Never Heard About Jesus (3:42) GotQuestions.org
- Watch: What Happens to Those Who Never Hear the Gospel? (9:35)
PART 2: BIBLE SUMMARIES
Summary of the whole Bible.
Summary of the New Testament.
Everyone is a theologian… and therein lies the problem. — Charles Ryrie
PART 3: BIBLE TOPICS
Bible Topics cover the ten basic beliefs of the Christian faith. They are taught using the following steps.
- Choose a leader. One person in the group serves as the leader using the Teacher notes. The rest of the group looks at the Student format. The Teacher can be anyone, since the role is to read the notes, not serve as a theological expert. The role of leader can even be rotated throughout the study.
- Pick a study. Work through it from beginning to end.
- Read a verse and ask the question. The group reads the verse. The Teacher then asks, "What does this verse say about (the subject you are studying)?" For instance, if the study is about Jesus Christ, ask, “What does this verse say about Jesus Christ?"
- Let the students respond. Allow time for the student(s) to formulate an answer. Don’t fear silence. Encourage thoughtful answers.
- Read the teacher comments. After people finish responding, read the teacher notes.
Studying theology...is an experience that changes, convicts, broadens, challenges, and ultimately leads to a deep reverence for God. — Charles Ryrie