Foundational Bible Studies
Foundational Bible Studies
In the times that we live, the basic doctrines of Christianity are under attack by not only the cults, and various religions of the world, but also some main line denominations are in stages of APOSTASY ( a falling away ). A falling away from the doctrines and principles that Christians through out the ages have embraced and held dear to.
Just as a house must have a good foundation and solid structure to be strong, so too must a Christian. If a Christian isn’t founded on solid biblical doctrines they can be easily moved from their Faith.
Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine.
Matthew 7:24-25 Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth
them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
In this study course, a house under construction will be used as an
illustration of Christian growth; using the foundation,
Just as a house is built from the foundation up, brick upon brick, so too is our Christian growth in understanding and knowledge of God.
Isaiah 28:9-10 Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to
understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from milk, and drawn from the
1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid. which is Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the only foundation that we can build on for eternal life and a relationship with God. Just as the foundation of a house has various components such as, cement, sand, gravel, and water, so to does our foundation, Jesus Christ and the different doctrines concerning him.
Jesus Christ is not a god but is God. Existing before
his physical birth at Bethlehem, from eternity he was always with God the
Father ( the first person of the trinity ) as God the Son ( the second
person of the trinity ). Although he was God manifested in the flesh, here
on earth, he lived as a perfect sinless man and ministered by the
anointing of the Holy Ghost
His Eternal Existence
John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will,
but the will of him that sent me.
Isaiah 42:8. I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
Another reference to the Divinity of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 1:8-9 But unto the Son he saith Thy throne O God is forever and ever: sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Vs.9 Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Revelation 1:8, 11, 17, 18 I Am Alpha Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Vs.11 Saying, I Am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Peramos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelhia, and unto Laodicea.
Vs.17. And when I saw Him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I Am the first and the last:
Vs.18 I Am he that liveth and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
As the Creator
Jesus Christ was not created and in his pre-Bethlehem existence as God the Son, was indeed the Creator of all the Universe and every thing in it, visible and invisible.
John 1:3, 10 All things were made by him and without him was not
anything made, that was made.
His Virgin Birth
The virgin birth of Jesus Christ was necessary because of Original Sin that passed upon the human race through Adam, being born of a virgin, he never inherited original sin, and therefore was able to offer himself up as a sin offering for all of mankind.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold,
a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son and shall call his
Jesus was Sinless
1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his
Jesus Christ is the Only Way
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotton
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
If you have never seen Jesus Christ and believe in him, then consider yourself blessed. Thomas said “ He would not believe unless he could see and feel the nail scars”, Later Jesus appeared to him and said “ Blessed are they that have not seen and yet believe” The word of God gives birth to our faith and that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb_11:1 ) The resurrection of Jesus was bodily, as the first fruit, of them that sleep. ( 1Co_15:20 )
In Luke 24:36-43...Jesus appeared to his disciples, ate food with them
and they touched him.
The Bible says in1Ti_2:5 that there is only one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. In order for him to be our Mediator, he had to become our High Priest, a Priest that knew what it felt like to suffer the temptations of the flesh and Satan, yet without sin.
Because he can identify with us, he can represent us before God as our Advocate ( a lawyer or one who pleads the cause or case of another ) based upon the blood he shed at Calvary for the remission of our sins. The bible says we can come boldly unto the throne room of grace and find help in time of need.Heb_4:16 )
1 John 2:1-2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye
sin not, and if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous.
* Admitting to God that you have sinned, and asking for forgiveness keeps us in right standing with him.
His First Coming
The first coming of Jesus Christ was one of suffering and rejection, Throughout the Old Testament, it was proclaimed that the Messiah was to come; while some scriptures speak of him suffering and dying, yet others speak of him reigning as a King. Needless to say this was perplexing to many, who read and interpreted the scriptures throughout the ages.
In the times that Jesus was manifested, Israel was under the rule of the Roman Empire and the people were looking for a deliverer, to lead them out of their oppression, and not a lamb who was to die for the sins of the world. As a whole, Jesus was rejected by the religious leaders of his day because of this and also their jealousy over his ministry and popularity with the common people. God's plan was the salvation of the whole world, the 1st. Coming of Jesus was to provide the means for this and the second will be to reign as King over all the world. Israel failed to understand this.
1 Peter 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of
Christ who was in them did signify, when it testified before hand its
sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
His Second Coming
*The second coming of Jesus Christ will be visible and in glory and power.
ACTS 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into the heavens? This same Jesus, which is taken
up from you into heaven, shall so come in
like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
REVELATIONS 1:7 Behold he cometh with the clouds; and every eye
shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of
the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Revelation 19:11, 12, 15, 16 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a
white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in
righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a
flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a
name written, that no man knew, but he himself. Out of his mouth goeth a
sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he treadeth the
winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. He hath on his
vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
In Christ's Service