In the final session of the Firm Foundations course, we are looking at the next life: what will things be like at the resurrection? Do we “go to heaven” when we die? What will the new creation be like?
What happens when we die, according to the Bible? Death is one of the biggest mysteries of life – we don’t know what lies beyond the grave. The Bible teaches us that, although there are some things we don’t know, there are things we can be sure about.
How should Christians think about death? Death is a taboo subject these days – we pretend that it doesn’t exist. But the Bible teaches us that we shouldn’t fear death, and even in some sense welcome it. What does the Bible teach us about death and how we should think about it?
The review of True Spirituality can be found here.
Can you lose your salvation? What do we make of people who were once Christians but are no longer? In this session we are looking at the topic of perseverance. We consider the questions: what does the Bible say about it? What about people who are no longer Christians? And what encouragement is there for us?
How do we grow as Christians? For most of us, becoming a Christian doesn’t involve a massive overnight change. How do we grow, and how do we know that we’re growing? In this session I outline what I call the “cycle of grace”, how the Christian life works.
- Three books for beginners to help you understand the Bible
- Interview with Andy Brown about reading the Bible
- Read more about the book, Confused by Grace
The Bible says that joy is a state, not an emotion. Joy is something we can have any time, anywhere – it’s not about feeling happy or sad. It’s far deeper than any human emotion. What is it and how do we get it?
Everyone is looking for peace. In the Bible, peace is not simply the absence of conflict but something deeper. It’s a gift from God, and we can experience it regardless of our circumstances.
Is it possible to be confident that you are a Christian? Can we know that we have received God’s grace? In this session we look into assurance to see what it is and what difference it makes.
The article I mention about justification is here on the website.
I also mention Session 29 about faith.
We soon realise that becoming a Christian doesn’t solve the problem of sin. In fact, becoming a Christian is just the beginning of the process. So, how do we live a Christian life without feelings of guilt or shame?
Some people believe that we are all children of God. Yet the Bible teaches that God adopts us into his family. What does that mean, and why is that good news for us?