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In it, you'll discover how to follow Jesus and share this thrilling new life with the people you love.

 

Christian Basics Lessons:

Christianity is meant to be interactive and fueled by healthy relationships.

 

Work through each of the following lessons with a Christian friend who has been following Jesus longer than you have. You may want to go through one lesson per week. Together you can discuss what the Bible says and understand the simple beauty of following Jesus Christ.

LESSON 1: GETTING TO KNOW THE BIBLE

Watch these videos, either with your Christian friend or before you meet:

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Read this introduction together:

If you don't yet have a Bible, you can get started for free:

There are many different translations of the Bible, and each has its advantages. We generally recommend the New International Version (NIV). But for anyone who has a hard time with long sentences, we recommend the New Living Translation (NLT). 

When you open a printed Bible, you'll find a Table of Contents at the beginning. There you'll see that the Bible is separated into two parts called the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament is the Jewish Scriptures written before Jesus came to earth, and the New Testament is Christian documents written after Jesus came.

As you thumb through the pages, you'll find big numbers and small numbers. The big numbers are the chapters, and the small numbers are the verses. When you see a Scripture referenced in this study, the first number you see represents the chapter. Then, after the colon, is the verse number.

 

So, for example, "John 3:16" means John, chapter 3, verse 16. To look it up, find John in the Table of Contents, turn to that book, follow the big numbers until you find the big "3", and then skim down the text until you reach the little number "16." What follows is the verse being referenced.

The process is simpler on a smart phone or web browser. Simply type the reference into the search feature, and it will take you straight there.

If you want to start reading the Bible regularly, we generally recommend starting with Mark. Your Christian friend may have a different suggestion, and that's okay. You'll almost certainly want to start in the New Testament, though, because that will help you understand some of the confusing parts of the Old Testament.

There's much more to learn and discover, but this is enough of the basics to get you started in this study. Let's start reading!

Discuss the following questions together. When you see a Scripture reference, look it up and read the verse or verses together.

Read the claims the Bible makes about itself:

  • 2 Timothy 3:14–17

  • 2 Peter 1:16–21

Based on what you watched in the videos, are these claims reasonable? Why?

Read these Scriptures:

  • Romans 15:4–6

  • 1 Thessalonians 2:13

  • Psalm 119:105

  • Hebrews 4:12

Is it important to read and study the Bible? Why?

How do you think your life would be impacted if you read the Bible regularly? Or, if you do read the Bible regularly, how has it impacted your life?

What are the most important or memorable things you learned in this lesson?

What is something from this lesson that you wish more people knew?

Is there someone in your life who you feel would benefit from you sharing what you learned?

 

LESSON 2: Identity in Christ

Watch these videos, either with your Christian friend or before you meet:

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Read this introduction together:

Jesus became like us so that we could become like him. When you placed your faith in Jesus, he transformed you. You became a "new creation." It's easier to be the person God created you to be when you truly believe this truth.

But it wasn't always this way. Before Jesus came to supernaturally cleanse our hearts, God's Spirit only dwelt among his people, not within them. Before Jesus, people couldn't live the same sort of transformed lives that we live today.

 

Throughout the Old Testament, the people were responsible to follow hundreds of rules and regulations, called "the Law of Moses." The Jewish priests had to sacrifice animals year after year because the people's sin deserved death, and the only way to spare them from the deaths they deserved was for another creature (like a lamb) to receive their sin into itself and be killed.

The Law satisfied the need for justice, but it couldn't actually take anyone's sin away. It was effective in giving people access to God, but each sacrifice was more like swiping a credit card than actually paying for something. The real payment for sin didn't come until Jesus died on the cross.

Now that Jesus has come, all the past sin that made us deserving of death is washed away as we trust in Jesus. We are all still in a process of being made more and more like Jesus, but the matter of our identity is settled. Hebrews 10:14 says, "For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy." Somehow we are simultaneously perfect and also being perfected.

Jesus lives in you now. The way you used to live can be considered "dead." You are now a new person who has God's empowering presence living in you, helping you to live a new life that honors him. Believe it, and you will thrive in your faith.

Discuss the following questions together. When you see a Scripture reference, look it up and read the verse or verses together.

Read the following verses:

  • Hebrews 10:1–18

  • Romans 8:1–13

 

What was the Law powerless to do that Jesus DID do?

  • (Hint: See Romans 8:3 and Hebrews 10:1–4)

Why does Paul (the author) say in Romans 8:1 that there is now "no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"?

What do you think it means to be "in Christ Jesus"?

Read the following verses:

  • Galatians 2:20

  • 2 Corinthians 5:14–21

What does this mean for you and your life?

Read the following verses:

  • Romans 6:12–14

  • Galatians 5:13–26

  • Ephesians 4:22–32

  • Ephesians 5:1–20

Is there anything in your life that you need to "put off" so you can live according to your true identity in Christ?

Read the following verses:

  • John 15:1–5

How do we successfully remove sinful behaviors and attitudes from our lives?

As you read the following Scriptures, note the things that are true about your identity in Christ:

  • Romans 8:15

  • 1 Corinthians 6:17

  • Ephesians 2:1-7

  • 2 Peter 1:3-4

  • 1 Peter 2:9

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21

What are the most important or memorable things you learned in this lesson?

What is something from this lesson that you wish more people knew?

Is there someone in your life who you feel would benefit from you sharing what you learned?

 

LESSON 3: FORGIVENESS

Watch these videos, either with your Christian friend or before you meet:

Time – 14:11

Read this introduction together:

God has forgiven you of everything you've ever done wrong.

 

God's version of forgiveness is different from ours. God doesn't overlook sin. He doesn't pretend it's "no big deal" or ignore it. God's version of forgiveness looks like this: "What you did was wrong. Justice demands that a price must be paid. I will pay it myself."

That's why God sent Jesus.

 

In case there's any confusion, this "demand" isn't because justice is like some sort of cosmic force that controls God. It's because God IS justice. It's his nature. Thankfully, God is also love. So while he would never go against his own nature to ignore that righteous demand for justice, he will also never go against his own nature to ignore the beauty of his love for his people. In fact, God's justice is an expression of his love.

If God simply wanted justice, then he never would have sent his Son to receive the just penalty of our sin in himself. Jesus came as an act of love, removing the sin from our lives so that we could have a real and eternal relationship with God.

According to 1 John 2:2, Jesus was sacrificed for the sins of the entire world, even those who have not put their faith in him. Jesus paid the same price for my sin as he did the sin of my worst enemy. For this reason, as a Christian, I see that Jesus would suffer injustice if I were to demand that a sinner pay the penalty for their own sin. He already took that penalty. To demand that any other price be paid is to say that the price Jesus paid is inadequate.

When we know how much we have been forgiven, and when we understand God's heart for sinners, we see that we must learn to prioritize forgiveness like he does.

Discuss the following questions together. When you see a Scripture reference, look it up and read the verse or verses together.

Read the following verses:

  • Luke 23:33–34

  • Romans 5:6–10

What do people have to do in order to be forgiven by God?

Read the following verses:

  • 1 Timothy 2:5–6

  • Hebrews 2:9

  • 1 John 2:2

Whose sins were addressed by Jesus' sacrifice?

Is it possible to forgive someone without having your relationship with them restored?

As you read the following verses, consider what might be the distinction between forgiveness and salvation:

  • John 3:16–18

  • John 5:24

  • Mark 16:16

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17–20

Why do you suppose the Scriptures indicate that everyone is forgiven by God but only some are reconciled to right relationship with him?

Read the following verses:

  • Matthew 18:21–35.

  • Matthew 6:12–15

God forgives us first, before we deserve it. But what happens if we refuse to forgive others?

Read the following verses:

  • John 15:5

  • Matthew 19:26

What would you tell someone who says it's impossible for them to forgive the person who hurt them?

Ask God to show you if there's anyone you need to forgive.

If anyone comes to mind...

  • Recognize for a moment all that God has forgiven you for. Thank him got forgiving you when you least deserved it.

  • Consider your old, bitter, resentful, angry self as having been crucified with Christ and no longer living (Romans 6:11; Galatians 2:20).

  • Ask Jesus to empower you to forgive with His strength.

  • Voice out loud: "I choose to forgive [name] for [offense]."

What are the most important or memorable things you learned in this lesson?

What is something from this lesson that you wish more people knew?

Is there someone in your life who you feel would benefit from you sharing what you learned?

 

LESSON 4: HEARING GOD'S VOICE

Watch these videos, either with your Christian friend or before you meet:

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Read this introduction together:

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Discuss the following questions together. When you see a Scripture reference, look it up and read the verse or verses together.

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LESSON 5: BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

Watch these videos, either with your Christian friend or before you meet:

Time – 18:24

Read this introduction together:

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Discuss the following questions together. When you see a Scripture reference, look it up and read the verse or verses together.

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LESSON 6: Intimacy with God

Watch these videos, either with your Christian friend or before you meet:

Time – 12:25

Read this introduction together:

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Discuss the following questions together. When you see a Scripture reference, look it up and read the verse or verses together.

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LESSON 7: Physical Healing

Watch these videos, either with your Christian friend or before you meet:

Time – 17:56

Read this introduction together:

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Discuss the following questions together. When you see a Scripture reference, look it up and read the verse or verses together.

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LESSON 8: Spiritual Warfare

Watch these videos, either with your Christian friend or before you meet:

Time – 13:38

Read this introduction together:

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Discuss the following questions together. When you see a Scripture reference, look it up and read the verse or verses together.

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LESSON 9: Gifts of the Spirit

Watch these videos, either with your Christian friend or before you meet:

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Read this introduction together:

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Discuss the following questions together. When you see a Scripture reference, look it up and read the verse or verses together.

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LESSON 10: FELLOWSHIP

Watch these videos, either with your Christian friend or before you meet:

Time – 19:24

Read this introduction together:

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Discuss the following questions together. When you see a Scripture reference, look it up and read the verse or verses together.

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LESSON 11: Generous Living

Watch these videos, either with your Christian friend or before you meet:

Time – 17:15

Read this introduction together:

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Discuss the following questions together. When you see a Scripture reference, look it up and read the verse or verses together.

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LESSON 12: Making Disciples for Jesus

Watch these videos, either with your Christian friend or before you meet:

Time – 12:23

Read this introduction together:

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Discuss the following questions together. When you see a Scripture reference, look it up and read the verse or verses together.

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Next Steps:

If you've read the Rooted booklet and walked through the twelve introductory lessons above, and if you're still hungry for more of God, here are our recommended "next steps" for you as you're following Jesus:

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If you're not yet in one of our house churches, join one! The best place to grow in your faith is in a small, interactive environment with other Christians. Share what you're learning from the Bible, open up to people, and pray for your friends in your house church. Discover how to build healthy relationships, and heal from your past. Christianity is a lifelong journey of discovery and transformation.

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Dig into your Bible. If you haven't already, read the book of Mark. After that, read the book of Acts. Then you can either read Luke (if you want to read more detail about Jesus' life) or you might want to continue with Romans (if you want to start reading more Christian teachings). Alternatively, you can start following along with our Roots Church Bible Reading Plan. Read as much or as little as you feel motivated to read. Don't make it a chore. Enjoy the adventure!

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Join the Roots School of Ministry. We'll dive deep into studying the life and ministry of Jesus while also investigating various topics of Christian living.