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1 Who or What is God? (The nature of God)
2 What’s Wrong With Everybody? (Our fallen nature)
3 How Can We Get Straightened Out? (The work of the Cross)
4 What Does God Want From Me? (Becoming a disciple)
5 What’s Up with the Bible? (The authority of Scripture)
6 What Happens After You Die? (Eternity with God)
Small Group Leader’s Guide
Tips for Leaders
Step-by-Step Meeting Plan
We live in an age of individuality
Instead of looking to anyone as an ultimate expert, many people pick and choose what to think or believe. Many of us have become “professional skeptics.” We have trouble thinking there is such a thing as absolute truth. We say, “Everything is relative.”
God looks at things differently. There is truth. When we hold to it, it sets us free from sin and error. As Jesus said:
If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:31-32).
The problem for many Christians is that they don’t know what the Bible says, or they try to mix its truths in with other “spiritual” ideas from our culture. God warned about rejecting his knowledge when he said:
My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests.” (Hosea 4:6)
Dig into six key truths about God
In FIrst Things First, you will read six foundational truths about God, his love, and your relationship with him — truths that can transform your life. These essential truths are straight from the Bible.
1 Who or what is God?
Many people think God is just a spiritual force, the “divine within you,” or the “inner light.” In this chapter you will read that none of these phrases describe God. The Bible teaches us that God is the one true God, that he created the heavens and earth, that he is eternal, and that he loves you. You will also read much more about his character and his holiness.
2 What’s wrong with everybody?
A common opinion is that babies are born “good” or “neutral.” The Bible says something very different. This chapter describes the fall of Adam and Eve, and how their fall affected everyone who will ever live. As the Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God “(Romans 3:23).
3 How can we get straightened out?
Many say there are many ways to know God. However, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) This chapter describes how Jesus’ sacrifice affects each one of us, and how we can enter into a relationship with God through belief in Christ.
4 What does God want from me?
What does it mean to be a disciple (a follower) of Christ? This chapter highlights practical ways to obey God’s two greatest commandments — to love God and to love others (Matthew 22:37-30).
5 What’s up with the Bible?
This chapter gives an overview of how the Bible is organized, explains why it is important to read the Bible, describes how to study the Bible, and challenges readers to allow the Bible to transform them.
6 What happens after you die?
If you are a follower of Jesus, you will spend eternity with him after you die. This will be indescribably wonderful. Encouraged by this knowledge, we are motivated to follow God, and we are strengthened when we go through difficult times.
First Things First is ideal for personal use or small group studies
Personal application questions are written throughout each chapter to help you learn Bible-based truths and apply them in your life.
This book is ideal for a six-week study by individuals or in small group settings. Guidelines for small group leaders and discussion questions for each chapter are found at the back of the book.
This book is part of the “Growing in Christ” series
You can study this book on its own. In addition, you may be interested in the other books in the “Growing in Christ” series. The three books are: