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The First Principles Series

The First Principles Series is a set of 13, six-session, dialogue-based Bible study guides for use by church leaders and mature Christians to establish believers and churches in the faith. Rather than a typical fill-in-the-blank approach, the series employs a highly effective learning process involving biblical passages and readings, community dialogue, and personal reflection and projects. Teaching core principles of Christ and His Apostles, this series guides participants in becoming firmly established in their faith.

Series I

Series I covers the process of establishing believers in their faith in the context of a local church—a household of God.

  • Becoming a Disciple
  • Belonging to a Family of Families
  • Participating in the Mission of the Church
  • Cultivating Habits of the Heart

Series II

Series II turns participants’ attention from the household of God––a local church––to individual households––the family. God’s plan for husbands, wives, parents, and children is set in the context of the local church family.

  • Enjoying Your Relationship
  • Passing on Your Beliefs
  • Envisioning Fruitful Lifework
  • Building for Future Generations

Series III

Series III moves from passages to entire New Testament books, first developing a clear process of accurately interpreting these books, then revisiting the first principles in the context of Acts and Paul’s letters.

  • Handling the Word with Confidence
  • Unfolding the Great Commission
  • Laying Solid Foundations in the Gospel
  • Catching God's Vision for the Church
  • Living in God's Household

Consistent Study Process (CSP)

The Consistent Study Process used in The First Principles takes participants through a complete learning cycle each time they study a passage or concept in the Scriptures. There are four basic steps to the process and one final step that integrates the work from the first four.

Study the Scriptures

You will begin with a passage to read, answer a few basic questions about the passage, and finally summarize the core teaching of the passage.

Consult the Scholars

You will begin by reading and reflecting on a commentary and key quotes and then recording your insights from the readings.

Think Through the Issues

You will begin by thinking through the issues and recording your initial thoughts, then discussing the issue in your small group and recording any final thoughts after the discussion.

Apply the Principles

In this step you will think back through the first three steps and design an application for your life.

Reshaping Our Lives

This step brings together the entire study process as you reflect on your work in the first five sessions and rethink your entire life in light of the truths you have been studying—rearranging your worldview.

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