From September 2016, a new TFS course has been available for delivery – ‘Being a Believer.’ The Apostle Peter wrote: sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defence to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence (1 Peter 3:15 NASB). In making such a defence (engaging in apologetics – from the Greek word ‘apologia’ translated ‘defence’ in this verse) it’s vital that we know who and what we believe, and are able to speak of our beliefs in a confident, convincing and winsome manner. This is not the preserve of academics! Peter was writing to ‘ordinary’ believers, encouraging them to be well acquainted with the fundamentals of their faith, and to be ready to share that faith with others in a respectful manner when opportunities arose.
This TFS course, which will run in 2017 God willing, continues to build on the original concept developed in the early 1990s. ‘Being a Believer’, based primarily in the writings of the Apostle John, aims to provide a robust understanding of what it truly means to be a follower of Christ today. Course participants will see how, in a post-modern Western culture that regularly ridicules Christians, it’s essential to know:
1. the reality of what we believe,
2. how what we believe is so radically different from all other worldviews, and,
3. why we are called to be witnesses to the truth.
‘Being a Believer’ explores the foundations of faith and belief in God by studying the fundamentals of what God tells us about: Himself; humanity; the Word of God; salvation and redemption; the disciple’s life and service; and the future hope. Our prayer is that there will be a keen interest in this new course. It is our desire and prayer that brothers and sisters of all ages will joyfully gather for concentrated study, entering into a fuller understanding of God’s purposes for disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.