Randy Frazee, Senior Minister of Oak Hills Church, developed Believe to unlock the main topics of becoming a follower of Christ. Whereas written theologies, or works of doctrine address these for a more mature, fellow believer, Believe is aiming at a seeker who like to know more about faith than a single sermon and altar call.
Believe is divided into 30 chapters. The first 10 detail the core beliefs of the Christian life. Who is God? He loves you. He committed himself to humanity, knows you and reaches out to you. What is sin? Why did Jesus Christ come to save you? Why should you believe and what do you believe if you say yes to Him?
The second 10 chapters discuss the core practices of a Christian. Love, fellowship with other believers, tithing, caring, reaching out, telling others about this good news. The final 10 chapters deal with virtues of a believer. Love, patience, kindness, etc. The reader is bathed in pieces from the Bible, not single verses, but larger chunks to get the picture clear. The accessible New International Version is used as reference. As bridges between the actual quotes from all over the Bible, in italic explanation or introduction to the next Scripture verses is provided. Basically the Bible speaks for itself, and should make the reader aware of the beliefs of a Christian and curious to read further in the Bible and practice what is teached.
Believe is unique in its structure and content. Study questions per chapter at the end of the book are useful for group reading and absorb the many lessons throughout this guide.
About the Author
Randy Frazee is the senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. Oak Hills is one of the largest churches in America, where Randy teaches and leads in partnership with pastor and author Max Lucado. An emerging leader and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story church engagement campaign. He is the author of The Heart of The Story, The Connecting Church 2.0, The Christian Life Profile Assessment, and coauthored Real Simplicity with his wife Rozanne.