The six weeks will cover:
- A brief outline of the
bible and a discussion of what
Christians mean when they say the Bible is “the word of God.”
- An exploration of who God is: Christians have said God is “Father, Son
and Holy Spirit.” How does knowing God as “Trinity – three in
one” affect Christian faith and spirituality?
exploration of who Christ is: who is Christ in himself, and who is
Christ for us?
- Discovery of the
holy Spirit as the power of God in one’s
Christian life and in the life of the church.
- A brief outline of the theology and history of the
with special emphasis on the peculiarities of Presbyterian churches.
- Discussion of the Christian life as a following in “The Way”
outlined by Christ: complete with behavioural code and set of spiritual
To download the Christian
Basics flyer -
Being a Christian is a matter of believing,
behaving and belonging.
Traditionally, the belief required was the
content of the apostles’ creed, the
behaviour was that outlined by the 10
commandments, and the belonging was that
symbolized by the Lord’s Prayer.
The course will acquaint participants with all of these,
but will primarily use contemporary documents of the
Presbyterian Church in Canada such as
Living Faith and the
Catechism for Today: statements of Christian
We shall also pray, and sing and eat – the ways
Christians come to feel they belong.
Participants will have a personal workbook/journal to
take notes in for each of the 40 days of lent, as they
read and think over the course material. We shall also
gauge interest in having mentorship conversations with a
mature Christian in the congregation. This is designed
to mould behaviour to the shape of a
disciplined Christian spirituality.
At the end of the course, participants who have not
already made profession of faith, or entered the
membership of the church, will be asked if they wish to
do so at the Easter or Pentecost services (the
traditional season at which the church has baptized new
believers and received new members). However, the course
is something separate from the issue of membership, and
no pressure will be applied to become a church member at
the end of the course.
Six weeks is a short time to cover so much important and
potentially life-transforming material. Participants
should enter into the process with seriousness, and, if
they begin, should remain committed to the group for the