A Young Person’s Guide to Christianity
R. Douglas Wardrop believes that most books describing Christianity are filled with errors and are boring. This book is biblically accurate and is never boring! It uses strong graphics and colorful presentations combined with simple language. It is also fairly short and can be read through quickly. A Young Person’s Guide to Christianity provides a fairly complete description of Christianity, and will appeal to young people from about seven years old to late teens.
The book guides them on how to become born again Christians. Key Christianity beliefs are defined and important questions are answered in a way that is biblically accurate.
The Greatness of God is described in two ways:
- Using items such as a bowling ball, grass, sand, and a mustard seed, strong image ideas are given to show how vast God’s creation is.
- Using scientific information for distances within our solar system, the time taken for the fastest jet airliner and light to traverse these distances is shown (in a strong graphical way). These distances begin with the distance from New York to London, and end with the distance from the Earth to the sun. Again the aim is to show how vast is God’s creation. God’s main promises to you are given, with the main aim to make these promises real and personal to you.
A Young Person’s Guide to Christianity defines how you can begin your Christian life and a prayer for this is included.
A Christian Understanding of Deception
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.”
John 10:10a (New King James Version)
Satan is the god of this world (see 2 Corinthians 4:4 and 1 John 5:19), is the “father of lies” (see John 8:44), and his job description is to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” In order to achieve his aims, he most often lies to us and deceives us.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”
2 Corinthians 10:4 (New King James Version)
Satan often disguises his forces to make them look like natural problems so you’ll fight them with natural weapons.
But you cannot fight a spiritual foe with natural weapons but with spiritual weapons, i.e. speaking God’s word to the devil and his demons.
“For satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”
2 Corinthians 11:14b (New King James Version)
Unfortunately satan can disguise himself as an “angel of light,” so it is possible to be deceived by an innocent and apparently correct Christian teaching (see Matthew 24:4, 24:5; Mark 13:5, 13:6; and Luke 21:8). Often these inaccurate or incomplete teachings focus on God’s love and blessings (thus appealing to our flesh and so lead us astray (see Mark 13:22 and 1 Timothy 4:1) and do not mention His greatness, or our need to obey Him and have a reverential fear of Him.
This book aims to help reveal satan’s lie and deception strategies and so empower Christians to live the Christian life that God intended.
Spiritual Disciplines for Today
At your salvation, your spirit was renewed, but your soul and body was not changed.
Spiritual Disciplines are given to us by God. They provide a way of sowing to the Spirit and they help you put off the “old man” and put on the “new man” (see Ephesians 4:22-24). By doing this, you “renew” your soul so it will agree with your renewed spirit. As the saying “means to an end” goes, the Spiritual Disciplines are the “means,” while the “end” is intimacy with God.
By exercising the Spiritual Disciplines, we are helped to mature spiritually and are put in a place where God can work within us to transform us. If we truly want to walk with God, we will exercise the Spiritual Disciplines.
Spiritual Disciplines are for everyone to use and should be a natural part of a Christian’s life, as natural as breathing.
In this book, the eleven main Spiritual Disciplines – Meditation, Prayer, Fasting, Study, Simplicity, Submission, Confession, Solitude, Service, Guidance, and Worship – are described as well as how to apply them in today’s world.
The author’s first two books are A Young Person’s Guide to Christianity and A Christian Understanding of Deception – Gaining an Appreciation of How satan Uses Deception.