According to Beall, if you can’t explain it, then you don’t really know it. This principle, he asserts, applies to Christian doctrine, as well. The question, then, is: Do you really know (understand) what you believe? Using Hebrews 6:1-3 as a springboard, Beall takes the reader through the "foundation stones" for the doctrine of Salvation. This book is a serious attempt to achieve a biblical foundation without trying to defend any particular tradition or denomination. In a question and answer format, he guides the reader through in-depth inductive Bible study, covering topics such as repentance, faith, baptism, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. At the end of each chapter, Beall includes review questions to reinforce your learning.
Praise for the Print Edition
Twenty years ago, my pastor understood the need for a Christian to get a solid biblical foundation. This book was a required course for all new believers. It was even recommended to those who had been saved a while, but had never received formal training in the elementary truths. All these years later, I now see how effectively this material has served in my walk with God and my understanding of what that should look like. In my opinion, this book is a time-tested resource for all Christians.
- Title: Laying the Foundation: Achieving Christian Maturity
- Author: James Lee Beall
- Publisher: Bridge-Logos
- Publication Date: 1976
- Pages: 389
About James Lee Beall
James Lee Beall has, for more than 50 years, been in pastoral ministry at Bethesda Christian Church in Michigan. BCC is on a 192 acre campus that includes a Christian K-12 school, a Bible Institute and radio studios from which he broadcasts a daily message. He is the author of six books, including Your Pastor Your Shepherd and How to Achieve Security, Confidence and Peace.