THE CREATION FOUNDATION
It was not felt necessary to lay the Creation Foundation in this course. No course can do everything. Just as the existence of God is assumed throughout, so is His role as Creator. However, Christ is referred to as the Creator of all, who cannot, in any sense, die.
There is some awareness of the Creator God in everyone, though this is often “suppressed” (Romans 1:18). This was true of one of the authors of the course who at one time considered himself an atheist, while in reality having an inner awareness of God that he outwardly denied. If the course leader feels that his particular group needs more emphasis on any point not substantially covered by the course, he should give it.
THE GOSPELS AND THEIR INTERPRETATION
No attempt has been made to present the Gospel in the light of the Bible’s teaching as a whole on God, sin and Christ’s saving work, though none of these elements are excluded. In this work, the compilers have restricted themselves to the Gospels and the interpretation of Christ’s life given by the apostles in their writings. There is a sense in which any faithful presentation of the contents of the Four Gospels, in the light of apostolic teaching, will be a true portrayal of the Gospel itself, since they were written as evangelistic tracts (John 20:31).
THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL
Christ’s teaching on the law (Study 2) gives the student an accurate view of sin in its many forms. The group leader should point out the nature, depth and deceitfulness of sin as a basic requirement for discovering Christ as Saviour. It is essential for the leader to guide the student in the right direction.
Our Saviour taught that He must die (Study 2) but most of the teaching on the reason for His death is given by the apostles themselves – personally obtained from Christ during the period of His resurrection appearances or through direct revelation later. A full explanation of Christ’s death is not, therefore, given under the study devoted to Christ’s teaching but is left until Study 4. Meanwhile, Study 3 introduces us to the all-important truth concerning Christ’s readiness to receive sinners.
THE REFORMED PERSPECTIVE
Finally, this course is written from the Reformed perspective that attributes salvation to God from start to finish. But in this work, it did not seem appropriate to stress that even repentance and faith are gifts from God. Instead, the emphasis is placed on man’s responsibility to respond to the Gospel, and we have no doubt that those chosen from the foundation of the world to Eternal Life will be given the grace to do so.