Orientation to Discipleship

Longstanding Impressions of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth

We are pleased to introduce you to the noble and transcendent ideas which have echoed throughout human history and have transformed millions of lives, and to a substantial number of people who have shown us how to live as lights in the midst of moral and spiritual darkness. Whether you have come to begin your search for meaning and purpose, to find personal development resources, or to learn how to come alongside someone else who needs a friend and mentor, we hope your journey through these pages will provide you with moments of great joy and delight as you discover the unparalleled beauty and ultimate satisfaction that comes from having a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

The collection of material contained in these pages is provided to help you on your journey through life and to enable you to invest in other lives who would benefit from your intellectual, emotional, and spiritual maturity. Specifically, our selection of books, essays, and training can serve as faithful guides to bring you into a growing relationship with God, to help you develop a Christian worldview, to answer frequently asked questions about the Christian faith, and to equip you to participate with Christ in building his church.

The following three essays will orient you to the entire site and invite you to consider the ideas that fundamentally transformed the hearts and minds of some of the world’s greatest thinkers and writers. As they have been instrumental in opening the eyes of our understanding, we hope you will benefit from their insights.

Essay One

The first essay answers the question, What is a Mere Christian? Since we borrowed the phrase “mere Christian” from Richard Baxter and C.S. Lewis, we thought it would be helpful to explain the meaning of the title of Lewis’ classic work, Mere Christianity, in which he presents the case for orthodox Christianity. This essay will provide the historical background for these two well-known words and answer the fundamental question, “What does it mean to be a Christian?” 



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What is a Mere Christian?

Essay Two

Blaise Pascal, Viktor Frankl, Os Guinness, Solomon, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Bridges all contribute to a greater understanding of the paths that are available for us as we travel through life, “a very short trip,” as Malcolm Forbes reminds us. The second essay, Secure the Right Path, acknowledges that all of us are “moving forward through time and space in daily steps taken on one of life’s numerous pathways.” It can be argued that all paths are, in some way, intriguing, though some lead to life, while others breed dread and end in death. Which path will you take? What is your destination? An understanding of this metaphor will provide a broader context for determining which resources you will need for your journey. 



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Secure the Right Path.

Essay Three

The third and final essay introduces A Path for Mere Christians, a four-year curriculum designed by the Jackson Institute for building mature Christians in the context of committed discipleship groups. Before you begin your study of the Institute’s curriculum, we highly recommend that you read the previous two essays to prepare you for your journey to greater maturity in Christ. Each builds upon the previous and contributes to an emerging picture that will guide you as you take your first steps. 



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A Path for Mere Christians.