What is the Foundation of Christianity?

When I finished reading Andy Stanley’s latest book Deep & Wide (kindle version), my first thought was, “This might be one of the best books I’ve ever read on church ministry or leadership.” It is chock full of wisdom, things churches can learn and ways staff’s can grow together to be effective. I’ll share a full review on September 25 when it releases, but over the coming week I wanted to share a few longer quotes from the book that pushed some thinking for me. Some I agreed with, others I didn’t, but ones I wanted to share with the My World community.

Our culture needs to understand that the foundation of the Christian faith is not an infallible Bible. The foundation of our faith is a single event in history attested to by individuals who lived and wrote during the days when this event transpired.

What is the foundation of Christianity? Do you agree with Andy Stanley?

4 thoughts on “What is the Foundation of Christianity?

  1. My friend asked me the other day, how can you base your belief on a single event that can’t be proven. I replied, “faith”. She said, “But I don’t have faith and I don’t believe. It’s as crazy as believing in Santa Claus”. So if believing in this single event is the foundation of Christianity, how do you prove that the individuals who wrote the bible, are right to someone who doesn’t believe it?

    • If you can prove to someone that God exists through the greatest apologetics in the world, the best evidence ever provided, the most solid philosophies, and all the historical evidence in the world, and they believe what you say, but never once heard you say a word about the gospel, then you are not convincing them of the God of the Bible.

      Live out what you say, and invite her to church some time.

  2. Maybe the question should be “Who is the foundation of Christianity?” not what. It doesn’t require faith to know that the historic events which transpired 2000 years ago are accurate. To believe that only requires reason, logic, and a proper historical methodology. How do we know any event in the past really happened? My ‘faith’ is in the promise. The promise that, through Christ, I too will be able to abide in the presence of a Just and Holy God. The promise that, through Christ, I will escape the corruption caused by sin. The promise that, through Christ, I am a new creature. The promise that, in Christ, the Kingdom of God is here. These are the things that require faith. Faith is not hoping the historic events recorded in the gospels and acts are true.

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