Planning a trip involves more than just location, route, and drop off/pickup. To be efficient, you need to build the foundation for participants to 1. be prepared, and 2. have an enjoyable journey. For this to happen, we strive to provide our trip participants with as much information as we can. We understand that we can't prepare them for everything they will experience such as the weather, fatigue, homesickness, etc. These elements are uncontrollable and impact certain people in different ways, but we can control the controllable.
We will drive these factors home to help the participants prepare. Much like trip planning, Biblical Foundation Training is the same. While there are certain parts of the training we can't control such as how God will impact aka convict them, we can provide them and prepare them to handle the level of impact the training will have on them.
So where do we begin? Let's take a minute and look at Matthew 7:
True and False Disciples
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
First things first, we need to make sure everyone is on the same page aka a true disciple, and a good starting point is the Fully Packed Adventure Ministries Statement of Faith. Of course, we could jump right in with Genesis 1:1, but we need to make sure everyone understands/believes certain foundational items and they are on board with why we're taking the journey together.
Someone jumping straight into the Bible without an understanding of foundational concepts would confuse and frustrate the reader/pupil aka disciple. We must first understand these foundation premises together so that we can then begin the process of reading and understanding God's Word.
Think of it like this... we don't want to find out at camp on night one that someone has never camped before and doesn't know how to set up their tent. Yikes! Handing them the instruction sheet (or God's Word in the case of discipleship) at this point in the journey would only frustrate them more. For us to attempt to eliminate this frustration, we spend time working together on the whys, whos, and whats of setting up a tent before jumping into journey or adventure in this scenario.
So, let's start with the basics:
Fully Packed Adventure Ministries
Statement of Faith
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
2. The Bible
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
3. The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
4. Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
5. The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
6. The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
7. The Church
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership includes those who believe and those who are searching. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
8. Christian Living
We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
9. Christ’s Return
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, encourages the believer to godly living, sacrificial service, and energetic mission.
10. Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
FPAM Statement of Faith
Cited from EFCA Statement of Faith
Take a couple of minutes meditate and reread these ten items. Remember, this is not a race, nor is it a simple read for entertainment (while we hope it entertains you we want it to provoke). Take the next week to meditate on this, reread, and pray.
If at any point, during the week, you have a question or thought, please don't hesitate to contact either:
We'd love to chat with you about this and our Biblical Foundation Training!
We leave you with a passage from Matthew:
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Let us join you in your journey of letting your light shine before others. Together we will build the Biblical foundation (Matthew 7:24-27) on which you will show people your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven!
Thanks and God Bless!
Pictured (Left - Matt Allen and Right - David Wildman). Photo taken by Josh Welker of FPAM Ohio. Since our first conversation I knew Matt and I were on the same "road." A road God intend for us to take to further His kingdom via Biblical Foundation Training! This picture was taken in Feb. of 2017 on a hike behind Matt's property in Tegucigalpa Honduras.