Unfortunately, much of the teaching in modern Christianity is hit-and-miss. It includes sermons, books, and Bible studies that are often not well-connected in a way that helps Christians become “firmly rooted” (Colossians 2:6) in the faith.
The First Principles Series is a set of 13, six-session Bible study guides for use with small groups. The series was written by Jeff Reed, President of BILD International. Rather than the typical fill-in-the-blank approach, the series employs a highly effective study method using readings, personal reflection, group interaction, and projects. The First Principles Series systematically teaches core principles leading the participants in firmly establishing their faith and on to deeper commitment.
The First Principles Series is built around Paul’s idea of “the elementary principles” (see Colossians 2:8 and Hebrews 5:11-14). These “elementary” or first principles, represent the first things that should be learned by a new disciple—a foundation upon which everything else is built. So, even for those who have been Christians for a long time, this series will help fill in the gaps that are left by the hit-and-miss approach.
In the early church, before new believers were accepted into the church, they needed to learn the Didache (Greek word for “the teaching” referring to the teaching of the Apostles). The First Principles Series teaches the same truths in a sound and practical manner, establishing a solid foundation upon which a mature life in Christ can be built.
The First Principles studies are an excellent tool. They are not Scripture, but an excellent tool for helping individuals and groups to study the Scriptures.
For more about this excellent series of studies, see the BILD International store and the descriptions of each study guide or click on the images below.