What is a Christian? The question–and the answer–is difficult to nail down, because it can be looked at from a number of different vantage points. Fortunately, the New Testament gives us a number of word pictures that are very helpful for organizing the information, and more importantly, for learning the lessons. The HeirBorn Quest is to exhibit behavior that reflects the glory of God.
Unit One: A Christian is a child.“Worth Bragging About” What does a child of God want more than anything else? More than anything else, a child of God wants to know the heavenly Father To Know Him . . . What happens when God’s children get to know Him? God’s children discover that to know God is to love Him. “Now Hear This” How do children of God come to know their heavenly Father? Children come to know God through hearing His voice in the Bible. “Listen Up” How do children of God make sure they don’t miss His voice? In order to hear their heavenly Father, children learn to listen closely (be attentive). “A Well-Built Life” How do children of God respond when they hear His voice? Children who hear the heavenly Father say, “Yes!” “Dependents” Are God’s children well cared for? Children of God delight in their Father’s provision.
Unit Two: A Christian is an athlete.“Ready or Not” What makes a Christian athlete successful? Athletes on Jesus’ team are successful because they are always in training. “I Will” What makes a Christian athlete successful? Athletes on Jesus’ team are successful because they set their minds on winning. “What Can I Say” How do Christian athletes exercise? Athletes on Jesus’ team exercise by praying—because prayer is the expression of faith.
Lesson one: Nothing you do will ever be more important than your prayers.
Lesson two: Prayer is simply talking to God.
Lesson three: Praying Jesus’ way will develop your prayer skills.“A Hunger for God” How do Christian athletes exercise? Athletes on Jesus’ team exercise by fasting—because a life too full can spoil one’s appetite for God. “Upon Closer Examination” How do Christian athletes exercise? Athletes on Jesus’ team exercise by studying God’s Word—because in the bible the voice of God is heard.
Lesson one: Studying the lives of Bible characters teaches life lessons.
Lesson two: Studying the themes of the Bible teaches Bible truths.
Lesson three: Studying the books of the Bible allows God to speak.“Now Let Me Think” How do Christian athletes exercise? Athletes on Jesus’ team exercise by meditating on God’s Word—because meditation helps to internalize and personalize the message. “Can I Help” How do Christian athletes exercise? Athletes on Jesus’ team exercise by serving others—because one is never more like Jesus than when serving. “I Was Wrong” How do Christian athletes exercise? Athletes on Jesus’ team exercise by confessing sin—because we only come clean when we stop covering up.
Unit Three: A Christian is a soldier.“Hang Tough” Why do Christian soldiers patiently endure hardship? Soldiers in the Lord’s army patiently endure hardship because we cannot be holy quickly or easily. “Yes Sir!” How does a Christian soldier advance through the ranks? Soldiers in the Lord’s army honor authority throughout their careers. (phases of life—listen/obey, observe/consider, teach/approve) “It’s a Hard-Knock Life”
Lesson one: (Purpose of trials) Why do Christian soldiers suffer? Soldiers of Christ suffer because a battle-tested faith brings glory to God and personal honor.
Lesson two: (Responsibility in trials) How do Christian soldiers suffer? Soldiers of Christ suffer believing that their loving God is in control.“They Don’t Teach That in School” When should a Christian soldier expect a fight? Soldiers of Christ should expect a fight when truth is at stake. “Earth’s Trinkets or Heaven’s Treasure” When should Christian soldiers expect a fight? Soldeirs of Christ should expect a fight when they get the “gimmes.” “Easy to Grab, Hard to Let Go” When should Christian soldiers expect a fight? Soldiers of Christ should expect a fight when sin tries to tangle us up. “Fight or Flee?” How does a Christian soldier fight? Soldiers of Christ know when to resist and when to flee.
Unit Four: A Christian is a steward.“It’s Simple But Not Easy” What is a Christian steward’s mandate (rule)? A Christian steward always does his Master’s business. “What’s Mine is His” How do Christian stewards do the Master’s business with their money? A Christian steward plans his budget because everything he has belongs to the Master. “Give It Up!” How do Christian stewards do the Master’s business with their money? Christ’s stewards give regularly, willingly, generously, and cheerfully to support the Lord’s work. “Ant-idote for Time-Wasters” Why is a Christian steward careful not to waste time? Christ’s stewards guard their time because, like money, time is a precious resource.
Unit Five: A Christian is a servant.“How Rude!” How does a Christian serve others? A servant of Christ shows humility by respecting others with good manners. “If You Don’t Have Something Good to Say . . .” How does a Christian serve others? A servant of Christ guards his tongue because words are to be used for building others up. “Don’t Just Forget It!” How does a Christian serve others? Christian servants can forgive when they’ve been hurt because not staying angry is a great service that God has done for us. “Talent On Loan from God” How does a Christian serve others? Servants of Christ serve with talent on loan from God—a special ability given to each one by the Holy Spirit.
Unit Six: A Christian is an ambassador“Spokesman for God” What does a Christian ambassador do? As an ambassador, a Christian represents the King to the people of the world. “Under the Influence” Why is a Christian ambassador careful about friendships? An ambassador for Christ knows that friendships are a powerful force for good or evil. “A Wordless Ambassador” What do ambassadors for Christ have to say? Christ’s ambassadors proclaim the good news of salvation by grace through faith in Christ
Unit Seven: A Christian is part of the body of Christ.“Coordinated Effort” Why are Christians called the body of Christ? Christians work together in a local church like the different parts of your body. “Pass It On” How does the body of Christ grow? The body of Christ grows when I disciple one who disciples another . . . “Tedium or Te Deum” How does the body of Christ worship? The body of Christ worships by putting heart before art. “Welcome the Word” Why does the body of Christ gather to hear preaching? Since God speaks through preaching, the body of Christ gathers to welcome the Word. “Watch This!” Why are members of the body of Christ baptized? Baptism is the symbol of membership in the body. “Remember Me” Why does the body of Christ observe communion? The body of Christ observes communion in remembrance of Jesus.