R.A.D. Studies - Introduction

Welcome!


What is RAD?


Radically Active Discipleship was the trademark characteristic of the early church.  Nothing about it was tired or apathetic.  Nothing about it conformed very well to the ways of the world.  These ordinary people had found something that was worth more than the treasures of this temporary existence combined.  They were so absolutely certain of the reality of what they believed that they based their whole lives on it daily.  It changed them.  They were not ordinary any longer.


This exciting way of life is still a reality to those who follow the Lord of life.  It is not to be confused with the lifeless and artificial forms of Christianity we often see today.  It is not to be mistaken for the legalistic and ritualistic discipleship of many exclusive orders today.  The true disciples of Jesus follow Him.  They do the things He did, they live as He lived, and they love as He loved.


This study and devotional series begins as an introduction to the Christian faith, and then examines in greater detail the realities of the faith that we embrace.  It is for the Christian, and it is for the person still considering Christ.  It is for anyone who seeks to know the One who transforms people into RADICALLY ACTIVE DISCIPLES!



The Study Format ...


These studies are designed in groups of seven.  You can do them in a week, or take your time an do them as time allows.  Each “week” we will look at a different topic. 


The first day of your “week” (day 1) is the main Bible study.  This is the day you will be spending the most time on.  You will be looking up different scripture verses, and writing down answers.  You will need a Bible to do these assignments.  We recommend the New International Version (NIV).  It's a great translation that's easy to understand.  All these studies are designed for use with the NIV.  If you need a good site on line to find a variety of Bible translations, you can go here.


After the first day study, you will have five short daily devotional sections (devo's) to read, think about, and pray about.  You will have one devo each day for the next five days of your week (days 2-6).  Usually there will be no more than one scripture verse to look up for each devo, so they won't take long!  There will always be "Points to Ponder" that you can think about during the day.


On the last day of your week (day 7) you will answer a few questions in detail about what you have learned in that week's study.  If you like, you can look back at the Bible study as you answer the questions.  We suggest that you write your answers in a journal.


Please take the full 28 days to complete this course!  If you rush ahead you will not be able to think about the weekly lessons and daily devos long enough to really retain what you have learned.  Be wise - take your time!


IT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO TEACHES US AND LEADS US INTO ALL TRUTH AS WE STUDY GOD'S WORD.  LET HIM GUIDE YOU AS YOU STUDY THE TRUTH IN THESE PAGES ...



Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION.  Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, by the International Bible Society.


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