The Foundation of Our Faith
There were once two builders. One built his house on the rock, the other on sand. You probably know the rest of the story. When the rains came and the winds blew, the house built on sand fell with a crash. But the house built on the solid-rock foundation weathered the storms.
When Jesus told that story, he stressed the need for our faith needs to be built upon the rock solid foundation. That foundation is his Word, the Bible. Elsewhere the Bible stresses that point when it says:
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord (Ephesians 2:19-20).
This Bible-based, Christ-centered discussion is what its name means, create the Foundation of Our Faith because it lays the groundwork on which all other doctrines of God’s Word are built. That sounds intimidating. It’s not. Really. This class is for everyone, regardless of your background. Members retake it often. Others want to learn the difference between different Christian denominations. And others are interested in joining our church but first, and wisely, want to know what we believe and teach.
The pattern for this class is not a lecture. Rather, these classes are more discussion than anything. There isn’t a lot of dispensing of information. There are a lot of questions. Then, Bible passages are laid out so that you can derive the answer from God’s Word, so that you can easily see the answers that are “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.”
There is no obligation before, during, or after the class. There’s no place for you to “sign on the dotted line.” You can fill out as much or as little of the registration page as you like. Classes can be arranged to meet personal schedules. We sometimes meet at a coffee house or over lunch, or maybe an evening class with coffee and tea provided.
Pastor Caleb Kurbis