Primer of the Christian Life

A Detailed Map of the Pilgrim's Road




Primer

Overview


Primer of the Christian Life is designed to serve as the textbook for a yearlong course on basic Christianity. The course objective is to teach in detail all the disciplines essential to growing in Christ. The thirty-four topics include faith, repentance, belonging to a church, daily devotions, prayer, finding God's will, the world, the flesh, the devil, witnessing, suffering, persecution, and our heavenly home.

A full discussion of each topic is followed by study questions. At the end of the book is a curriculum guide as well as an extended list of Christian biographies.

The course is best suited for college, but may be adapted for an adult class in church or a Bible class at the secondary level. Among its unique features is frequent use of illustrations from history and literature.



Introduction


Becoming a Christian is not the end of your spiritual journey. It is simply the gateway to a new journey, retracing the steps of Christian in Pilgrim's Progress. Your path will visit quiet streams and green valleys where you will find rest and strengthening, but it will also wander through places of temptation, danger, even soul-rending battle.

It will be a narrow, winding path, not made for crowds of travelers. Your walk would sometimes be lonely except that you will always have a companion, the Lord Himself, who will accompany and help you because He desires your fellowship. Yet if you wish to enjoy a continuing sense of His presence, you must be sure not to stray onto a wrong path. A good map based on God's Word will be very useful.


Outline

  1. REPENTANCE
  2. FAITH
  3. BAPTISM
  4. BELONGING TO A CHURCH
  5. PERSONAL DEVOTIONS
  6. CONDITIONS TO BE MET FOR SUCCESSFUL PRAYER
  7. CORRECT PROCEDURE FOR PRAYER
  8. THE BIBLE AS GOD'S INERRANT GUIDEBOOK
  9. PRINCIPLES OF BIBLE STUDY
  10. HOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE
  11. HELPS FOR BIBLE STUDY
  12. WITNESSING FOR CHRIST
  13. GIVING TIME AND MONEY TO GOD'S WORK
  14. TESTS OF GENUINE FAITH
  15. ETERNAL SECURITY
  16. PRINCIPLES FOR FINDING GOD'S WILL
  17. MORE PRINCIPLES FOR FINDING GOD'S WILL
  18. THE TEMPTATION OF CHRIST
  19. SATAN
  20. THE WORLD
  21. THE FLESH
  22. BESETTING SINS
  23. SUFFERING
  24. PERSECUTION
  25. LOVE AS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW
  26. THE EXCELLENCE OF BROTHERLY LOVE
  27. SINS AGAINST BROTHERLY LOVE
  28. CONFLICT RESOLUTION
  29. THE SIN OF REBELLION
  30. THE SCOPE OF AUTHORITY
  31. GODLY LEADERSHIP
  32. THE UNPARDONABLE SIN
  33. THE ETERNAL LIFE THAT AWAITS US
  34. WHERE WE WILL LIVE AND WHAT WE WILL DO

Availability

The primer is available from Amazon.com.



The book is © 2007, 2015 Stanley Edgar Rickard (Ed Rickard, the author). All rights reserved.