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Reading the Bible in the Church and the World
How do we read the Bible well? Why did God choose to give us 66 books of such varying kinds over the span of more than 2000 years? What do we know about His intention for its use in our own life, in the life of the church and in the wider world?
The Bible is not a rulebook, or a handbook to Christian life, or even an information source about God. Rather, it is God’s living Word, through which He reveals Himself to us and engages us in a relationship with Him.
How do we read the Bible in this way, using our Bible reading to enter into a daily encounter with the Living God? How do we know that we are understanding it correctly? And where do we turn for help when we reach parts that we don’t understand?
This course examines the place of the Bible in the life of a believer and in the local church. Students explore issues such as double-authorship, inspiration, interpretation and the authority of Scripture, as they develop better Bible reading habits.
This course is suitable for any Bible reader, including those with many years of Bible reading behind them, as well as those engaged in teaching the Bible in Sunday school or small groups.
In addition to the Bible, the books for this course will be:
Scot McKnight. The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible. 2nd Edition. Zondervan, 2018.
Michael J. Gorman. Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers. Revised and Expanded Edition. Baker Academic, 2009.