At school, we are taught the three Rs; Reading, wRiting and ‘Rithmatic. These essential skills and knowledge foundations are then called upon throughout our schooling and into our life beyond formal education, and prove very useful indeed. Sadly, our Christian education is often more patchy, and despite years of Church attendance, many Christians go through life with unresolved questions or gaps in their knowledge about the basics of the faith. Sometimes they seem to get on just fine, but when trouble comes, this lack of foundations can lead to crises of confidence or even “loss of faith.”
Our ESSENTIALS programme is being developed to make sure that none of us are left to be blown here and there by the ever-changing winds of contemporary thought, but are able to stand firm in our faith to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ who died that we might have life in all its fullness.
The first two of our ESSENTIALS presentations were about the way in which we handle the Bible, the book of our faith. It is widely documented that the Bible is the best-selling book of all time. Some wag once said that it is the best-selling, least-read book of all time. If this is true, this is a complete tragedy, for it contains not only some excellent stories, but all that is necessary to make us wise for salvation through Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 3:15).