A. Preface to the Fourth (2015) Edition
The first edition of Foundational Teachings of the Bible which was inspired by, and initially borrowed heavily from, the magnificent biblical teaching materials of Bob and Rose Weiner, was first published in a 23-part series of pamphlets in 1992 under the auspices of the New Covenant Christian Fellowship (NCCF), the precursor to today's New Covenant Assemblies of Yahweh (NCAY). The second edition, which was never published in paper format but which appeared in HTML on the NCCG.ORG website, contained minor modifications to reflect the structural changes that took place in 1996 when NCCG/BCAY replaced NCCF. The third edition, begun in 2002, was a partial overhauling of the first two editions, and was primarily characterised by the use of Sacred Names. Only thirteen of the original twenty-three chapters were completed.
The fourth (2015) edition, currently under construction, was prompted by the need of a new set of teaching materials for converts in the expanding East Africa Mission which opened at the end of 2013. It builds upon the partly completed work of the third edition but goes way beyond the original twenty-three units to include many new chapters on the creation calendar, the festivals, Torah and other important themes.
The original purpose of the series remains the same and is as follows:
- 1. To build a solid doctrinal foundation for those (a) seeking after, and coming to emunah (faith) in, the Master Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) for the first time; and (b) for believers who desire to secure a firm base on which to mature from the elementary principles of the Besorah (Gospel) before moving on to the meatier ones;
- 2. To provide a systematic and easily comprehensible set of teaching materials for the Catechumenical Schools in NCAY;
- 3. To ensure that new members of NCAY, for whom acceptance and an understanding of the Apostles' Creed is the only requirement for baptism,
are brought to sufficient spiritual understanding and maturity to qualify them for Confirmation (Chrism, Bar/BatMitzvah) and the symbolic Master's Supper. Those possessing sufficient mental and literary abilities are expected to complete the whole series and demonstrate a basic understanding of their tenets to their Pastors before being received as full communicant members of NCAY.
Members of the Assemblies have, over the years, found this series to be a useful personal resource as well as giving them the means to teach both within the local congregation and privately to investigators. Many, who have no local NCAY fellowship, have used these materials to start their own Bible Study Groups up
which have subsequently evolved into congregations. Do, therefore, please complete the lessons carefully and legibly. The true Assembly of Yahweh must have a firm, biblically accurate and consistent doctrinal foundation. It is our prayer that this series will provide just that, to the glory of Yahweh, our Father in Heaven. Amen
Lev-Tsiyon, 22 October 2014