When I accepted Christ as my Savior in the summer of 1949, I knew very little about the Bible. I had memorized Psalm 23 and John 3:16 and possibly a few other verses. To be honest, I think there is enough gospel truth in these two passages to save and sustain a person throughout his or her life and bring them safely to Heaven. However, we are blessed to have not only these two portions, but the entire sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments that bring us to Jesus as Savior to deliver us, and as Shepherd to lead, guide, provide and protect us and bring us finally to Heaven where we will be with Him in His glory forever.
In my teenage years, I sensed that the Lord was leading me into a life of pastoral ministry. Although I was a novice, I was given the opportunity to share my faith at some of our local churches. The Lord helped me to see that the Bible was basic to the ministry, and that, to be effective, I must be committed to Bible study in my personal life and as my resource for leading others to Christ and into His service. I was blessed to have some hands-on training as I served three churches as pastor before pursuing formal education at Welch College and Luther Rice Seminary. Through it all, the Bible has remained the guiding principle in my life and ministry for over 60+ years.
I am retired from the pastorate now, but I have chosen to extend my ministry through the medium of the internet with this website which I have chosen to call timelessbiblebasics.com. The Bible is basic for bringing us into a personal relationship with Christ, and in leading others to know and serve Him, as they become His followers (discipleship). In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus commissioned his disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” With the basics of Bible truth and Christ’s Great Commission in particular, I hope to personally point men to Christ as Savior, and a life of discipleship, and to provide guidance and resources for them and others to do the same.
Through Bible exposition and links to external resources, you will be able to develop not only a personal devotional life but also what it means to be a disciple (follower of Christ). The desired and attainable result being that you and others might become ‘fishers of men,’ just as the early disciples did. We have all been given special gifts through the redemptive work of Christ – mercy, forgiveness, blessed peace, abundant life, and hope for the future just to name a few.
In achieving these goals, I will attempt to follow the method followed by the writers of Scripture. They first established doctrinal matters and followed with practical applications. Anything we do as disciples must be done first according to the teachings of the Bible, God’s Word. However, we do well to recognize that God has provided an abundance of tools – tracts, books, electronic devices and programs, even gadgets, and witness wear – all designed to help us become effective witnesses – fishers of men. It was to this end that Jesus called the twelve and it is to that end that He calls and saves each of us. It is my prayer that many will find God’s will and His grace through the materials offered here, and that we all may become all that He would have us to be.
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