in Basic Christianity

Third Edition: Revised and Expanded
Author: O.J. Gibson
Editor: Don Robertson

Produced as a service to the Lord’s people by Fairhaven Ministries,
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Fairhaven is an independent, autonomous,
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through the matrix of local churches.
(Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:42).

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Acknowledgments by Don Robertson, editor of Survey in Basic Christianity: Third Edition

My mentor and Bible teacher, William MacDonald, once said to me, “I have never had an original thought in my life.” Nor have I. The Bible is the central resource used for the training manuals, and we gathered the remainder of thoughts from countless resources written by numerous authors.

As the editor of the Third Edition, I sense I am standing on the shoulders of spiritual giants who have gone before me and whose tireless labors were completed the old-fashioned way by manually checking commentaries, dictionaries, concordances, and word studies. Countless people provided input for the training manuals. I thank the Lord for each person who had a part in producing the original manuals.

I am grateful that the author, Otis Jean Gibson, my mentor and teacher, had the vision to develop the training manuals “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).

I appreciate the work of the contributing author and editor, S.M. Kennedy, who completed the original 1978 edition before the Lord called him home to heaven. In addition, I am thankful for his team of people who contributed with edits, proofreading, and support.

My thanks to the Fairhaven Bible Chapel elders for their approval and blessing to edit and expand the training manuals for the 2021 Third Edition. Special thanks to Gary Caughell, Kit Kirkland, and Kathie Ormsby for improving my edits with their proofreading and editorial comments. To my team of prayer warriors, I will forever be grateful! Loving thanks to my son, Luke Robertson, and son-in-law, William Carey, for providing their computer technical skills and advice. Thanks to my wife, Krista, for her constant, loving support. May praise ascend to the Lord who enables all of us to continue serving Him.

To God be the glory!