The primer is designed to serve as the textbook for a yearlong course on basic Christianity. The course objective is to teach in detail all the disciplines essential to growing in Christ. The thirty-four topics include faith, repentance, belonging to a church, daily devotions, prayer, finding God's will, the world, the flesh, the devil, witnessing, suffering, persecution, and our heavenly home.
A full discussion of each topic is followed by study questions. At the end of the book is a curriculum guide as well as an extended list of Christian biographies.
The course is best suited for college, but may be adapted for an adult class in church or a Bible class at the secondary level. Among its unique features is frequent use of illustrations from history and literature.
Here is the course introduction:
Becoming a Christian is not the end of your spiritual journey. It is simply the gateway to a new journey, retracing the steps of Christian in Pilgrim's Progress. Your path will visit quiet streams and green valleys where you will find rest and strengthening, but it will also wander through places of temptation, danger, even soul-rending battle.
It will be a narrow, winding path, not made for crowds of travelers. Your walk would sometimes be lonely except that you will always have a companion, the Lord Himself, who will accompany and help you because He desires your fellowship. Yet if you wish to enjoy a continuing sense of His presence, you must be sure not to stray onto a wrong path. A good map based on God's Word will be very useful.
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Ed Rickard (full name: Stanley Edgar Rickard, Jr.) received a B.S. with highest honors from Wheaton College in 1963, then a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1967. His undergraduate major was chemistry, and his graduate field was social psychology with emphasis on statistics and research methodology. His dissertation and two subsequent publications dealt with the causal analysis of correlations. He began his career teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the field of his doctorate. Later he taught Bible courses at a Christian college. His subjects included the Book of Daniel, Christian evidences, and graduate apologetics. More recently, he has served as principal of a Christian academy. For a leading publisher of Christian school curricula, he wrote a high school physics text that has been widely used. His website, http://www.themoorings.org, has been a source of Bible studies since the early days of the web. His wife and high school sweetheart, Julie, received an M.A. in French from Northwestern University and for many years taught high school French in video classes available to Christian schools and homeschools. In all her husband’s endeavors, she has been an indispensable adviser and helper. Ed has two sons and seven grandchildren. His older son is a pastor and his younger son is a minister of music. He counts all his family as a great blessing from God.
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Book Description Moorings Press, The, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0989651029