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BACK TO THE BASICS
Back to the Basics – Winter 2022
Facilitator: Pastor Paul Vallee
Recordings are available upon request.
“An excellent approach to the person of the Holy Spirit. One of the best I have heard. A highly commendable approach to unshackle the Holy Spirit from our doctrinal biases.” – Ola Ajidahun
“This was the best class that I have heard on the Holy Spirit. After 70 years, I feel like I finally understand the power and purpose of the Holy Spirit. Thank You so much, Pastor Paul!” – Reg & Janet Adair
‘Back to Basics’ is a perfect sequel to the course on ‘The Spirit of Truth and Error.’
In this eight-week course, we will be surveying the most significant teachings of the Bible in relationship to Scripture and Theology: the triune nature of God, Sin and Salvation, the Person and work of Jesus Christ, the Person and work of the Holy Spirit, the nature of the church and a look at the various ideas regarding end things. This is a general overview that will prepare a more detailed future study of each of these key areas of biblical doctrine.
How significant is doctrine (teaching)? In Paul’s pastoral letters, he admonished both Timothy and Titus regarding the significant nature of ‘sound doctrine’ (teaching) in light of the many distortions that abound to bring confusion and condemnation into people’s lives. Paul explained to Timothy that he should command ‘certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer’ (1 Timothy 1:3). Later in that same letter, Paul explained that ‘some would abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons’ (1 Timothy 4:1). He warned that a time would come when people would no longer ‘endure sound doctrine and turn aside to myths’ (cf. 1 Tim. 4:3-4). He also pointed out that Timothy was to ‘watch his life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers (1 Tim. 4:16). In selecting Elders, Paul explains to Titus that one of the qualifications of eldership was the ability ‘to encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it’ (Titus 1:9).