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Rocky’s Ramblings Christian Discipleship Course

GREETINGS! Welcome to my ministry website, where I hope your desire is to learn more about what it means to be a Christian. Whether you are a new Christian, have been a Christian for some time, or someone thinking about God’s invitation to accept Jesus Christ, the daily lessons of this course will give you a firm understanding of Christianity.


YOU ARE WELCOME TO DOWNLOAD AND STUDY THE COURSE FREE OF CHARGE or use it to teach your own discipleship class (more on that below). My most recent update was to add an appendix of all of the Bible references complete with the passages from NASB, and I fixed a few hyperlink errors. So, if you’ve been here before, and it has been a while since you downloaded a copy, you may want to download a new copy.

Let’s get started! Choose one of the following large green buttons to download a copy of the course and save it where you can access it daily.

The first is labeled INTERNET PDF. It is formatted to run on a smartphone, tablet or computer, and will allow you to click on links that will take you directly to Bible passages, articles, and such.

The second is labeled PRINTABLE COPY. If you do not have a smartphone or tablet that you can access daily, the printable copy has been formatted to print on standard letter-size paper (8.5″ x 11″). Let me warn you ahead of time that if you print it all at once, it will print out on 203 pages, so printing double-sided will save you a lot of paper. Of course, you will not have direct internet access to the linked items. So, you will need to have a Bible at your side.

OUR PRIMARY TEXT: You will see in the introduction to the course that it is based on The Christian Life New Testament with Master Outlines & Study Notes (ISBN 9780840721785) available from a number of retail outlets. Use the button below to find one for yourself.

LANGUAGE TRANSLATOR: I have written this in English. But, through the wonders of the internet, you can put it through this translator to translate it into your language. Just download whichever copy fits your needs and then come back to this translator:

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TEACHING YOUR OWN SESSION:

I have a discussion guide for you should you desire to use this course to teach your own discipleship class – which I highly recommend as part of our Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)

Let me suggest that you keep it simple. Direct your group to this website so that they can download the course. Then, encourage them to go through the lessons, one each day, and get the group together once a week to discuss the 7 lessons of the previous week (perhaps over coffee and dessert). As your students get through the first two sections of the course, start encouraging them to get out and share what they are learning through their own personal evangelism. That’s the key that unlocks the door to the multiplication that Jesus taught His disciples! If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to discuss moving forward, please contact me at RockysRamblings@gmail.com. I would also love to hear your success stories and the creative ways that you are using this course.

Only God Can Remove Your Sin

I’m going to take a break from reviewing Bobby Conway’s One Minute Apologist videos to give you what I believe is a real-world application of apologetics – a real-world situation that has hit a little close to home with more than one person near and dear to me.

Up until the end of the 1930’s, alcoholism was considered to be a hopeless condition. The medical community realized that once the evils of alcohol had gripped a person to the point of compulsion, there was no hope. Such a person was doomed to be destroyed by alcohol with no chance of being healed. In 1939 a group calling itself Alcoholics Anonymous came out with a plan by which alcoholism could be removed from a person – a 12 step program for alcoholics to process and find their victory over this evil spirit of alcoholism. Allow me to group and abbreviate the 12 steps for the purposes of this posting.  

Step 1 is to come to the realization that you are powerless over alcohol, if left to your own resources.
Step 2 is to realize that turning to God, as you understand him, is the ONLY hope of healing from this disease.
Step 3, then, is to make the conscious decision to turn your life over to God and ask Him to take control of your will and your lives.
Steps 4, 5, 6 and 7 are to take moral inventory, admitting and turning over your wrongs to God and ask that these wrongs be removed from you.
Steps 8-12 are to ask God to help you make amends for harms done, and to continue this process on a daily basis.

That sounds a lot like the problem we all have with sin in our lives. We were all born with a sin nature that separates us from God, and no matter how hard we try, no matter what we do, we cannot cross the chasm between us and God of our own resources. Our condition is hopeless without turning to God, the only One who can remove our sin nature. The steps to this victory over death are the same basic steps as those of the Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step program.

Steps to Peace with God

  1. To realize that the chasm between us and God cannot be bridged of our own power.  
    • Romans 3:23 – ‘For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
    • Isaiah 59:2 – “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”
  2. To come to the realization that the only way out of death, our wages of sin, is to turn to Jesus Christ, who has paid the price of death for us.
    • 1 Timothy 2:5 – “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.”
    • 1 Peter 3:18 – “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”
  3. To make a personal decision to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, to turn our lives over to Him in order to cross the chasm between us and God.
    • John 1:12 – “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
    • Romans 10:9 – “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
  4. To pray the Sinner’s Prayer through which we recognize our own sinful nature, repent of that sinful nature, and then to ask God to forgive us of our sins, come into our hearts and take control of our lives.
  5. From that point on, we are admonished to allow the Holy Spirit to continue bringing our sins to our conscious minds, that we can repent of them, seek forgiveness, and ask God to help us make restitution for them. And we are further admonished to pick up our cross daily.

In the very real-world situation of alcoholism, we can see that this process works to give people victory over something that left them hopeless without turning to God. In just as real a situation, and far more consequential on an eternal scale, God has given us that same opportunity for victory over our sins, and eternal life over death.

The Toughest Questions Christians Face

I want to move into reviewing a new video series, also part of the One Minute Apologist series by Bobby Conway. This series of seventeen video shorts (each from 1 to 3 minutes in length) deals with the toughest questions that we face in defending our faith. I don’t know how long it will take; I’ll just have to dig in and see how much it makes sense to cover in each. Remember that these are from the One Minute Apologist, not a resource to give you exhaustive (and exhausting) information with which to bury someone who dares question our faith. Rather, it is to give us quick ways to respond to such questions in ways that allow the person question our faith to see that there is viable evidence of the truths contained in the Bible, and upon which our Christian faith is built.

Let’s begin by looking a quote by Voltaire, which says: In beginning God created man in His own image, and man has been trying to repay the favor ever since. The point of that is to scoff at the very idea that God should be just as we think He should be, or as we would like Him to be. But it begs the larger question of whether God is merely some invention of the human mind, as atheists might think.

This is the question that Bobby Conway asks Sean McDowell, professor, speaker, author, apologist, in the first video in this series on the Toughest Questions Christians Face. The problem with believing that God is a human construct of any sort is the amount of compelling evidence that He is real. Everything from the creation to the incredible amount of information contained in a single cell. Add the fact that the laws of physics have to be incredibly fine-tuned to sustain life, and the historical evidence of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – the most historically documented life in world history.

The second video examines a question that I have dealt with in other posting: whether or not the Bible is Historically Reliable. For this video, Bobby Conway returns to an interview with Frank Turek. Frank begins answering this question by listing six lines of testimony that begin with the letter ‘E’.

  1. Early Testimony – scriptures of the Holy Bible are ancient documents, with the New Testament being a testimony of the life of Jesus and the beginnings of the New Testament Church that was available as early as 70 AD.
  2. Eye-Witness Testimony – there are some 140 details between the Book of Acts and the Gospel of John that have been verified by eye-witness accounts, or could only have been known by an eye-witness.
  3. Embarrassing Testimony – which are details that the authors of the books contained in the Holy Bible would not have shared unless they were verifiably true.
  4. Excruciating Testimony – which are details that led to the brutal death of the people teaching them. Who would do that unless these details were true and more important than their own lives. They could have saved themselves by simply denying things like the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  5. Expected Testimony – Biblical prophecy from which we have expected testimony of the fulfillment of the prophecies. We see this all through the Bible, especially the New Testament fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy surrounding the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  6. Extra-Biblical Testimony – there are 10 ancient, non-Christian sources from the time of Jesus Christ that reference Jesus Christ. When you put the testimonies of these sources together, you get a storyline that is congruent with the life of Jesus Christ.

So, through the first two videos of this series, we now have a defense for people who question whether God is real or a construct of the human mind, and for the historical accuracy of the Bible.