Courses (Page 7)

Courses (Page 7)

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Interpreting the Law

In our study of Hermeneutics, we come to one of the most difficult sections of Scripture to interpret – the Law. Oftentimes, New Testament believers go too far in relation to the Law – either by expressing strict obedience to all types or by ignoring the commandments altogether as not applying to us.  We must find a healthy balance when it comes to interpreting this wonderful section of Scripture. Download Handout – Session 6 – Interpreting the Law Facts Pertaining to…

Interpreting the Narratives

In the study of hermeneutics, one of the most critical steps is learning how to interpret narratives.  Narratives are the story form of literature.  60% of the Bible is composed of historical narratives.  How should we interpret an event that happened one time to one person or to one people? Download Handout – Session 5 – Interpreting the Narratives Narrative Principles In reading the biblical narratives, we must be aware of the three levels: Top Level – the complete universal plan…

The Meaning of a Text

As we continue in our hermeneutics study, it is important to discuss how we determine the meaning of a text. Download Handout – Session 4 – The Meaning of a Text Who Controls the Meaning? Who controls the meaning of a biblical text?  There are two options: Authorial Intent: Meaning is determined by the intention of the author. Reader Response: Meaning is determined by the reader or by a community of readers. The author of any text is the ultimate authority…

The Importance of Context

When it comes to reading Scripture, context is key.   Too much of our current biblical study focuses on isolated verses and neglects the context of which the verses were originally written. As we study Scripture, we must acknowledge the reader’s context and identify the author’s context. Download Handout – Session 3 – The Importance of Context The Reader’s Context Preconceived Notions Preunderstanding is the dangerous collection of preconceived notions that we bring to the text before actually studying the text…

The Interpretation of Translation

In the 2nd week of our Hermeneutics course, we learned about “The Interpretation of Translation.”  The Bible in our possession has divisions of testaments, books, chapters and verses.  66 books are included and many religious books were left out.  In addition, the Bible was composed in 3 different languages, and a reading in English means that someone has already began the process of hermeneutics without us really thinking about it. Download Handout – Session 2 – The Interpretation of Translation The…

The Task of Hermeneutics

These are the notes from our 1st hermeneutics course through Equip. Download Handout – Session 1 – Hermeneutics HERMENEUTICS SESSION 1: THE TASK OF HERMENEUTICS Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.  -2 Tim. 2:15 BOOKS: 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible by Robert L. Plummer (Kregel, 2010)  Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. Revised (Zondervan, 2012)…

3 Circles: 1 Method of Sharing the Gospel

The 3 CIRCLES PRESENTATION helps answer common questions in a simple and memorable way so that you can begin to naturally and actively share it with others. Here are two videos to help you understand the nature of the presentation and to show you how to present it in a conversation with someone as you share the gospel. Here is a more condensed version of the 3 Circles presentation:

Creation & Revelation

Psalm 19 is a key passage to help explain how we learn about the character and nature of God. Creation tells us there is a God.  Revelation tells us what he is like [Ps. 19:1, 7]. If you read Psalm 19:1-6, the psalmist proclaims that creation shows us that God exists.  Most people look at a night sky or a beautiful landscape on earth and proclaims, “How could anyone not believe there is a God?”  Creation takes us that far…

Gospel Groups

As we grow in the gospel, we must realize our need for one another in this process.  As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another (Prov. 27:17).  We need to spur one another on to love and good deeds (Heb. 10:24-25). We must encourage one another to grow in the gospel continually.  But what does that really look like? As believers, we talk about the gospel often, but do we really know what it is and why we need…

Pray, Give, and Go

We had the wonderful privilege to hear from a couple of missionaries tonight.  One is on a stateside furlough and another is preparing to launch out.  It is so important for them and for us to stay connected to what the Lord is doing overseas! While not every person is called to live on mission overseas, all Christians are called to be in the missional reconciliation business (2 Cor. 5:20). Here’s how we unpacked ways to be involved in the…

Why We Memorize & How We Memorize

For years, I have told people the importance of memorizing Scripture, but I have never taught people how to memorize Scripture.  I want to help you know why we memorize Scripture and how we memorize Scripture. We must discipline our minds to have the Bible accessible even when the Bible is not available. Scripture memory is a powerful tool.  While you don’t know what you will encounter tomorrow, God’s Word has wisdom for all situations.  Will we be prepared when…

Sharing the Gospel Using John 3:16

The following is a recap of GROW from this past Sunday night. John 3:16 is probably the most famous verse in the Bible and it presents the Gospel very clearly.  By using this one verse you can share with someone what the whole Bible is about. In the context of John 3, Nicodemus, a Pharisee, comes to Jesus at night and wants to know more about God.  There is a discussion about being born again and what this means.  Jesus tells…