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Life is jammed with BASICS: A,B,C; 1,2,3; pint., quart., gallon; inch, foot, yard; website, username, password – to name but a few. In his life, death and resurrection Jesus claimed to be … Basic Living: “I am the Way to the Truth about Life!” This brief booklet explores His claim. I invite you to come along for the adventure!

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Overview of Basics Of Life

Our plan is to examine the fundamentals Jesus taught and demonstrated. You’re invited to explore our findings. All that’s required is an adventurous heart hungry for satisfaction in living. Are you up to the challenge?

Chapter 1

Manual of Life
Book of Jesus

You study the scriptures. These very Scriptures speak about me! Yet you will not come to me in order to have life. John 5:38-39

Chapter 2

Maker of Life
Father of Jesus

Let us bow down in worship. Let us kneel before our Maker. Psalm 95:6

Chapter 3

Model of Life
Person of Jesus

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. John 14:6

Chapter 4

Mentor of Life
Spirit of Jesus

The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26

Chapter 5

Means of Life
Connection to Jesus

God gave us eternal life; this life is in his Son. So, whoever has the Son has life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life. 1 John 5:11-12

Chapter 6

Mechanics of Life
Fatih in Jesus

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

Chapter 7

Medicine of Life
Grace of Jesus

We are saved by grace through faith - a gift from God. Ephesians 2:8

Chapter 8

Maintenance of Life
Intimacy with Jesus

A branch must stay connected to the vine to bear fruit. It is the same with you. John 15:4

Chapter 9

Manner of Life
Love of Jesus

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. 1 John 3:16

Chapter 10

Measure of Life
Conformity to Jesus

God chose us to bear the family likeness of his Son. Romans 8:29

Chapter 11

Manifestation of Life
Community with Jesus

You are together the body of Christ, and individually you are members of him. 1 Corinthians 12:27

Chapter 12

Movement of Life
Ministry with Jeus

As the Father sent me, so I am sending you. John 20:21

Chapter 13

Money of Life
Currency with Jesus

“It’s like a man going on a trip. He called his servants and loaned them money to invest for him while he was gone.” Matthew 25:14

Chapter 14

Monster of Life
Enemy with Jesus

The thief’s purpose is to steal, destroy and kill. My purpose is to give abundant life. John 10:10

Chapter 15

Meal of Life
Supper of Jesus

Blessed are those invited to the Supper of the Lamb. Revelation 19:9

Chapter 16

Mansion of Life
Dwelling of Jesus

“There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. I’m on my way to get your room ready. John 14:2

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About The Author & Ministry

Tom Kaastra did his graduate work at Calvin Seminary and Michigan State University, and taught “The Basics” of the Bible for 38 years as Pastor of Immanuel Church in the Metro Detroit area.

Tom Kaastra

Currently, he devotes the majority of his time to the development of this Basics of Life Ministry. Tom also teaches at Calvary Assembly of God. He is married to Nancy, a volunteers at Alpha Family Centers, and they are blessed with three married children and eight grandchildren. Tom and Nancy are enjoying family experiences rooted in 51 years of walking together with Jesus.

About the Ministry

Jesus described both the purpose and goal of His Ministry in two statements: “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” and “I will build my church.” Simply stated, He came to build a Community of Life.

The church is a building, constructed not of bricks and mortar but of human beings. During three years of ministry Jesus laid a Foundation of Life in twelve persons, revealing the Father’s architectural design. Subsequently, He entrusted the project to the twelve with a specific work order: “Make disciples … teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Disciple-making” involves two essentials: attachment and training. “Jesus appointed twelve that they might be with Him.” A disciple is a person attached to Jesus ... the Source of Life. Being so attached, a disciple is trained by the Holy Spirit to become like Jesus. “A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.”

Rooted in and motivated by the ministry of Jesus, Basics of Life Ministries, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was created in 2002 to advance Jesus Christ’s construction project via attachment and training. Its primary tool is Basics of Life, a sixteen section construction manual summarizing the basic building blocks of Life as demonstrated by Jesus.

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