Article by John Warren AntalikaDeacon at GraceLife London
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
We live in society that has abandoned truth. To speak of ‘the truth’ nowadays is almost seen as dangerous and intolerant. Truth is considered to be self and culturally constructed. It is relative rather than absolute, meaning that you can have your truth and I can have my truth even if they contradict each other. The problem is that once truth is abandoned, everything becomes fluid and unstable, therefore causing confusion. You can see this clearly in the redefinition of marriage and the abandonment of the two fixed genders namely male and female. That’s not a surprise since when there is no fixed foundation, everything become relative, every opinion is elevated and therefore changes the way one lives.
As Christians we cannot follow the pattern of the culture in relation to truth. We unashamedly affirm that we have ‘the Truth’ and the Truth is whatever comes from the mouth of God which is found in the Word of God. The Word of God is our fixed foundation. It dictates what we ought to believe and how we ought to live. Unfortunately, many Christians have taken hold of the mindset of our age and living lives which are not based on the fixed foundation namely the Word of God. No wonder therefore that many are unstable in their faith and are being tossed to and fro by whatever is coming at them either internally or externally. They are like a houses built on sand and not on the rock.
But we are not called to live this way. The Apostle Paul urged the Colossians and by extension to us, to be “rooted and built up” in Christ and be “established in the faith” (Col 2:7). And in order to be established in the faith, we first of all need to know the faith and this is what ‘Foundations of Faith’ is about. This is a course which aims at establishing and grounding the believer in the faith that they profess. It contains 13 foundational lessons covering questions such as “How do we know the Bible is the Word of God”; “Who are the Three Persons of the Trinity? What does it mean to be Born-Again? What are Spiritual Gifts? Along with these, are practical questions related to the Christian life such as “What is Prayer, Evangelism, God’s will and purpose? It is our hope that these 13 lessons would establish you in the faith, equip you for the master’s use and prepare you to give a defence for the faith.
In a culture that has abandoned truth, the Christian must all the more grow in the knowledge of the truth and with that knowledge, faithfully declare it.
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