Christianity Explained

Discovering the Message from Mark’s Gospel.

We hold the Christianity Explained series of talks periodically.

If you are interested in attending the next series of talks, contact our pastor, Rev Ian Weeks for details.

  • No cost
  • Free childminding
  • It is open to all, no matter what your age or background

Christianity Explained seeks to teach the saving Gospel of Jesus to inquirers over a period of time. Michael Bennett is the Australian author of this twenty year old series of talks which is now spreading around the world.

The Principles

Assume Nothing
Christianity Explained starts from the assumption that the inquirer knows little or nothing about the Bible or the basic Gospel. This is increasingly the case in traditionally Christian countries.

Proceed Slowly
Christianity Explained seeks to teach the Gospel slowly, one point each lesson, over a six-unit series. It is based on the Gospel of Mark, as this is the shortest and easiest gospel for someone starting out.

Limited Time Commitment
“Would you be willing to give just six hours of your life?” Inquirers are asked to meet on just six occasions, a limited commitment.

The Three Fears
Inquirers are assured from the beginning they will not be asked to read aloud, pray, sing or answer Bible questions that may embarrass them. Discussion, however, is encouraged.

Contents of the Talks

Part 1 – Leaning About Jesus

Jesus – Son of God
Mark begins by calling Jesus the “Son of God” (Mark 1:1). We show Jesus’ claim to be equal with God, forgiving sin.

Jesus – His Crucifixion
Jesus came to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

Jesus – His Resurrection
By his often-predicted resurrection (Mark 8:31), the risen Jesus guarantees both life after death and future judgement.

Part 2 – Where Do I Fit In?

Grace – Not Works
The finished work of Jesus, not our goodness, is the only basis of our acceptance with God.

“Repent and believe” is Jesus’ basic message (Mark 1:15). Repentance is more than sorrow for sin. Jesus must come first in our lives. He must be Lord.

The Kingdom of God, God’s rule in our lives, must be received as a little child. Without undue pressure, the inquirer is encouraged to take this step.