Resources

Exploring Christianity? There are many resources available which simply and clearly explain the Christian message, but perhaps one of the clearest is the following with links in several languages. It is of course important to decide whether or not this message is true, and either way does it matter? If you don't already, we'd really encourage you to come on the Explore course to ask such questions and of course to read the Bible for yourself. A good place to start would be with one of the gospels such as 'Mark' in the New Testament (2nd half)
of the Bible which follow the life of Jesus from his birth to his death and to his resurrection (rising from the dead). If you want, we can give you a copy of the Bible for free - there's also a small supply of literature to read in other languages.

- the heart of the Christian message -

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16

"Jesus Christ: The meeting place of eternity and time, the blending of deity and humanity, the junction of heaven and earth" - Author unknown

YouTube Video


Deeper issues and resources:

Bible in a year (or two or three...) - there are two reading plans below in the available downloads, one from the ESV Bible, and the other called the "Edge Network" plan, which was derived by Tim Chester. Note that for the Edge Network plan, there are two downloads - one which explains how to use the other. Also note that this plan is more flexible to accommodate reading the Bible in two or even three years (OT once, NT twice).

The Heidelberg Catechism rap, as featured in the ID group

The Resurrection: a hugely important topic. There are three pdf files below which you may find useful. One outlines the significance and consequences of the truth of the resurrection ("Gathered Thoughts" at the bottom), another by A.McGrath looks at some of the evidence supporting it, and the third by J.McDowell considers the empty tomb evidence. Here also is a link to a talk on the resurrection. The language may be a bit difficult at times, so if you have any questions, please note them down and bring them to the next week's session.

"The Gospels do not explain the resurrection; the resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith." - J.S.Whale



"The glory of God amongst the nations   is the reason for which we have breath." - David Platt
Useful websites for Christians:

Bethinking - a website by the UCCF for apologetics (giving reasons for faith and breaking down barriers)
Bible Gateway - an on-line Bible in many languages and translations
Christianity Explored - nice resource to point non-Christian friends to
Desiring God - great website with loads of talks (video and audio), conference messages and resources in other languages
e-Sword - a downloadable or 'live' program which allows you to see literal meanings of words from their original Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic texts in the Bible - sometimes useful for Bible study
Equip - books, CDs, etc
Free sermons - from Tim Keller, a pastor in New York
Japan Christian Link - a Japanese mission agency
New Word Alive media - Buy and listen again to the talks and songs you heard at NWA
Secret Church - good set of resources on various topics
The Gospel Coalition - brilliant website with very good resources from America - videos, sermons, book reviews, articles... 
Theology Network - a wealth of theology resources including articles, videos and sermons, put together by the UCCF


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