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  • Discovering the Faith Once Delivered

    to the Saints

    by Nolan McFadden

    Institute of Biblical Discipleship

    Level One

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    This book is dedicated to the Word of God, the testimony of Jesus Christ

    and all those who have sacrificed their resources, reputations, physical health

    and lives that the faith once delivered to the saints might be proclaimed in every nation.

    Jude 3

    For additional materials or help please write or call:

    Nolan McFadden 5641 Outlook Drive Mission, KS 66202 tel. 913-888-7933


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    Table of Contents:

    Bible Studies: 1. Introductory Bible Study 3 2. How Do We Know That God Exists and Rewards

    Those Who Diligently Seek Him? 7 3. The Holy Bible: A Supernatural Book 11 4. Who Is the Jesus Christ of the Bible? 15 5. What Is Sin? 20 6. Repentance: The First Command of Jesus Christ 25 7. What Does It Mean to Believe in Jesus Christ? 30 8. What Is the True Gospel? 33 9. What Is Necessary to Have Inner Peace? 36 10. What Is a Christian According to the New

    Testament? 40 11. Forty Reasons from the Bible Whereby I Am

    100% Certain That Heaven Is My Future Home 43 12. Baptism: The Command of Christ Jesus 47 Quizzes 51 Scripture Memory 57

    1998, revised 1999 Nolan McFadden copies permitted

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    Introductory Bible Study Discovering the faith once delivered to the saints

    by Nolan McFadden

    Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you, that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the saints. Jude 3 Perhaps you have noticed that we are living in a time when most people do not know or live by the Scriptures. In fact, many church members and religious leaders in our time do not even believe the Bible nor take the Scriptures seriously. Yet, those with sincere hearts are beginning to ask some valid questions. Why do many who profess to be Christians not obey the teachings of Jesus Christ and His apostles? What is a true Christian? What is the true message of salvation? Can I be certain that when I die I will go to Heaven? What relevance does Christianity and the Bible have to my life? Why should I attend a biblical church? Why is it so important to accept and continue in the faith once delivered to the saints? Before addressing these questions and many others in our studies, we must first understand more about the faith once delivered to the saints. Note: The Bible studies in levels one and two are designed to help you in four primary ways:

    1. To bring you to a genuine, personal saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and a clear understanding of biblical salvation (John 14:21-23; 17:3, Romans 1:16, Philippians 3.10, II Thessalonians 2.13, I Timothy 2:4, II Timothy 1:12; 2:10, I Peter 1:5-10, I John 1:3; 5:11-13).

    2. To establish you in the faith and a victorious Christian life (John 10:10, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 1:23; 2:6-7, I John 5:4). 3. To help you come to the knowledge of the truth (John 16:13, II Thessalonians 2:13, I Timothy 2:4; 4:3, II Timothy 2:25; 3:7, II John 3-4).

    4. To help prepare you for the Christian service that God has prepared for you (Matthew 20:26-28, 28:19-20, Luke 24.46-48, I Corinthians 15:58, Ephesians 2.10; 4:7-16, Philippians 4:3, II Timothy 2:2).

    You will need a pencil or pen and a King James Bible to complete each study. When you come to a question or a verse of Scripture with missing words, open your Bible to the reference indicated. Answer the question or fill in the missing words from the Bible verses given. At the end of each study, there will be a brief quiz to complete. May our Lord Jesus abundantly bless you as you study and obey His Word.

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    I. What is the faith once delivered to the saints mentioned by Jude?

    A. The word faith is translated from the Koine Greek word s. This word is used in two primary ways in the New Testament:

    1. Most often, the word faith refers to putting your confidence or trust in someone or something as in Romans 3:25, I Corinthians 2:5; 15:14, Galatians 3:26 and Philippians 3:9. 2. In addition, many times in the New Testament, we find the definite article the before the word faith. The faith refers to the body of teachings that were received by First Century believers from Jesus Christ and His apostles (Jude 3). Thus, the faith once delivered to the saints refers to the body of teachings of Jesus Christ and His apostles. See Acts 14:21-22; 16:4-5, Romans 1:5, I Corinthians 16:13, Colossians 1:23; 2:6-7, I Timothy 4:1-3; 6:10, II Timothy 4:1-8, Titus 1:4-14, Jude 3, and Revelation 14:12.

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    B. The faith is apostolic, New Testament Christianity (Acts 14:19-23, Colossians 1:23; 2:6-7). C. As ye have therefore ____________________ Christ Jesus the Lord, so ___________ ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and _______________________ in ________ ______________, as ye have been __________________, abounding therein with _________________________. Colossians 2:6-7

    D. According to Colossians 2:7, we are to be, s________________________ in the f_____________,... II. When was the faith delivered?

    A. Judes epistle was written between 70-90 C.E. Jude uses the word delivered in Jude 3. This implies that the delivery of the faith was before Jude wrote his epistle. Thus, we know that the faith was delivered in the First Century of the Christian Era by Jesus Christ and His apostles. In addition, this fact demonstates that all alleged divine revelations which came after the First Century are not part of the faith which was only once delivered to the saints (such as Book of Mormon, papal decrees, new age revelations). B. If ye continue in ________ _____________ grounded and ___________________, and be not moved away from the hope of the ___________________, which ye have ___________________, and which was _____________________ to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I ______________ am made a minister; Colossians.1:23

    I en the beginning was thord, and the Word was

    ith God, and the Woras God. The same was

    n the beginning witd

    Ww dwi hGo .

    C. In Colossians 1:23 believers are exhorted to, c_____________________ in the f______________...

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was

    III. Where is the faith discovered?

    A. In Jude verse 3, Jude mentions that the faith was only once delivered to the saints. Where are the teachings of Jesus Christ and His apostles found? They are recorded in the New Testament (Luke 1:1-4, Acts 1:1-2). B. All the books of the New Testament were written in the First Century of the Christian Era. Therefore, when we want to learn about the faith which was once delivered to the saints, we must study the New Testament. C. Jesus declared in John 17:17, Sanctify them through thy ________________: thy ________________ is truth.

    D. The book of Luke was written to Theophilus in order that he might, know the c_____________________ of those things, wherein thou hast been i_______________________ (Luke 1:4). IV. Who are the saints to whom the faith was once delivered?

    A. Many are under the mistaken understanding that the saints are a small, elite group of exceptionally pious people from church history. However, the Bible defines the term saint very differently. In the New Testament, the word saint (s) refers to one who is set apart, holy. B. According to the Bible, all born-again followers of Jesus

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    are saints in Christ. All true Christians have been made holy in Gods sight through faith in Jesus and His shed blood on the cross (I Corinthians 1:12, Acts 26:18, Hebrews 1:3; 10:10-14). Thus, the saints of Jude 3 refer to born-again followers of Jesus Christ. See Romans 1:7, I Corinthians 1:2; 14:33, II Corinthians 1:1, Ephesians 4:11-13; 5:3; 6:17, Philippians 1:1; 4:21-22 and Colossians 1:12. C. Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are ________________________ in Christ Jesus, called to be _________________, with __________ that in ______________ place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our ________________, both theirs and ours: I Corinthians 1:2

    D. In I Corinthians 1:2 those who are called to be saints are identified as, s________________________ in Christ Jesus,...

    E. According to Acts 26:18, we are, s________________________ by f_____________ in Jesus Christ.

    The The Faith Poison Poison Lake of Fire Death V. What have many done to the faith once delivered to the saints?

    A. The answer to this question is best illustrated with a clear glass of purified water. When dirt, old motor oil and antifreeze are added to this purified water, the contents in the glass greatly change. The result is a discolored, distorted, unhealthy, poisonous drink that is very different from the former. B. In a similar way, over the centuries, this is what many religious leaders have done to th