Explore and Discover the Wonders of God and His Word
These Bible studies are not about making you or your life perfect! It is about making your life happier and fuller. It is about finding answers to your questions, and it is about how to help those in your sphere of influence also experience these positive changes.
Going through these courses is similar to launching out on a journey of discovery! When embarking on such a journey, the goal is to reach a destination and to explore fascinating and exotic places and discover things of wondrous value. Similarly, the goal here is to explore and discover the wonders of God and His Word that will make you spiritually rich beyond anything of value in this world.
When embarking on a journey, you don’t go in a straight line from the starting point to your destination; you have to travel various roads that twist and turn. Yet you know you are pointed in the right direction and the end result will be worth the effort it took to get there. And if at times you lose sight of the goal, the compass in your hand points you in the proper direction.
Likewise, in taking these Bible study courses, you have in your hand the compass of the Word of God that is always pointing “true North” to lead you to your destination!
Here are the four most important qualities for anyone who is going to launch out on a journey of exploration. Likewise, these same qualities are ones that you as an individual can make use of in embarking on these Bible studies.
1. Vision—Vision to see what others can’t see. You say, “Hey, there’s a destination over there and I want to get there, even though others don’t want to or aren’t willing to make the journey. I want to get there and see what I find!” That same kind of vision will help you to work through this material and integrate it and make it a part of your life. And not only live it in your own life, but also pass it on to others and really change the world. That’s a big vision!
2. Faith—Faith to believe what others don’t believe. In today’s world, having faith in the Bible is not such a common thing. So just by being here in this class, by partaking of these things, you’re participating in something that is unique and different. Just like someone who starts on a journey of discovery—it’s not your everyday person who sets off to uncharted lands.
3. Initiative—Initiative to be willing to start the journey, to put your faith into action! As the proverb says: “A journey of 1000 miles begins with the first step!” It is often easy for people to talk about things, but actually getting out and doing them is a different story.
4. Courage—To see it through to the end. This is where failure most often occurs in a journey of discovery—for “well begun is only half done!” But with a bit of “stick-to-itiveness” you can make that commitment to tackle those pathways and know that with God’s help you will succeed if you keep at it and don’t give up.
Perhaps the idea of launching out onto a journey of discovery, or taking these Bible study courses, seems a bit overwhelming or too much for you—but for all of us our “secret to success” lies in claiming the verse:
Philippians 4:13—I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.
You may feel incapable, but God is capable in you!
When embarking on a journey, travelers often have guides who are more experienced. They’ve been down that road before and are somewhat familiar with the paths and where to place your feet to avoid the pitfalls.—And that is what we are here for, to help guide you along the way.
If you want to teach others, then these Bible studies will give you the information to be able to!
2 Timothy 2:2—And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
We want to give you a little glimpse into the courses. We’ll go over what the Bible studies contain, as well as show you how you can benefit from these classes.
The 12 Foundation Stones course. Every building needs a good foundation—the building of your life no less. The classes in this course are “foundation stones” upon which you can establish the house of your Christian life. Each foundation stone examines an area of faith, Biblical or practical knowledge, and should bring positive changes in your life. The changes will not only benefit you but also those you care about, equipping you to reach out to help others.
If you want to learn more about Jesus and all that He has to offer, you are ready to start exploring the 12 Foundation Stones. Each foundation stone deals with you primarily, for if you can change yourself, then you can bring changes to others. Yet this is not just about your own faith and yourself. Remember always that these foundation stones are to help you build a life that reaches out to others.
Activated is all about connecting with God and experiencing what He has to offer—beginning with His gift of salvation and eternal life through Jesus. God wants to replace your stress and worries with faith and confidence, comfort you when you’re down, guide you in making difficult decisions, and support you in living in love and harmony with Him, yourself, and others.
Activated articles feature spiritual concepts presented in practically applicable ways. Personal accounts from active Christians around the world confirm that God is alive and working and always there for us with His love, strength, and power.
Whether you’re just beginning a journey of faith, are still deciding whether to do so, or you’re already walking a path of getting to know God better, Activated offers you a wealth of interesting reading, food for thought, and spiritual insight.
Are you ready to take a peek at these 12 Foundation Stones and Activated Basic courses? If anything seems a bit mysterious now, don’t worry about it! Things will become clearer as we progress through the classes.