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CSL8 How to Read Bible

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Part of my Grade 8 Bible class, where we study how to read the Bible and the impact that it has in the way we understand Christianity.

Part of my Grade 8 Bible class, where we study how to read the Bible and the impact that it has in the way we understand Christianity.


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  • 1. Christian Studies and Living Learning to Read the BibleSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 2. TImeLine • Beginning (Genesis 1-11) • Middle (Genesis 12 - Malachi 4; Matthew - Revelation) • End (Matthew 25; Romans 8; Revelation 21-22)Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 3. Outline • Part 1 - the process • reading with an agenda • Part 2 - new insights • taking our hands off the book adapted from: the Blue Parakeet, Scot Mcknight, 2008Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 4. Part 1 - Reading the Bible • Reading to Retrieve • return to the times of the Bible and read from that period of time • Reading through Tradition • ordinary people need to learn to read the Bible through tradition or they will misread it • Reading with Tradition • go back to the Bible so we can move forward through the church and speak God’s ways in our days in our waysSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 5. Reading to Retrieve • The IDEA that we should should retrieve all or parts of the Bible no matter how uncomfortable, politically incorrect or what it costs us • Problems: • It is impossible to live a first century life in a 21st century world (Paul doesn’t even do this - 1 Corinthians 9:19-23) • The other way of only salvaging for our day and for our culture (the challenge of consistency with the Bible)Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 6. Reading through Tradition • The challenging part of not understanding enough of Christian tradition and simply reading your own opinion/thought into the scripture (individualism) • A responsibility of reading the Bible ourselves (Martin Luther) and understanding “the Great Tradition” (Apostles Creed)Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 7. Apostles Creed I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 8. Reading with Tradition • “God was on the move; God is on the move; and God will always be on the move” • Simple: Those who walk with God with therefore always be on the move • Are you reading the Bible so [you] can live out today on the move?Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 9. Part 2 - Let the Bible be the Bible • Story (What is the Bible?) • Listening (What do I do with the Bible?) • Discerning (How do I benefit from the Bible?)Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 10. STORY - What is the Bible? • 3 Parts • Shortcuts • Powerful Stories • PlotSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 11. People Love ShortCuts • #1 - Morsels of Law • making it a book of rules (613) distorts the Bible • #2 - Morsels of Blessings and Promises • leads to reading the Bible as a collection of divine verses and we write them out daily • #3 - Mirrors and Inkblots • reading the Bible as part of our story instead of entering into God’s story through the BibleSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 12. ShortCuts Continued • #4 - Puzzling Together Pieces of God’s Map • The Bible is a big puzzle, solve it and you no longer have to engage with the pieces • #5 - Maestros • using an expert (Paul) to understand the story without comprehending it ourselvesSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 13. Powerful Story • Context is everything • “So I invite you to read the Bible, not for bits and pieces of dry information [pieces of a puzzle], but as the story of God’s embrace of the world told in poetic images and types” (Robert Webber)Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 14. William Tyndale • He translated the Bible into [farm boy] English. • October 1536 - he was tied to a stake and strangled by an executioner. His body was then burned. • The Challenge: tolle lege (take, read)Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 15. How does the Bible work? • Plot Characters Authors Plot Theme Creating, Eikons (Genesis 1-2) Oneness Cracked, Eikons (Genesis 3-11) Otherness Covenant Community (Genesis 12 - Otherness Expands Malachi) Christ, Perfect Eikon, redeems (Matthew - Revelation 20) One in Christ Consummation (Revelation 21-22) Perfectly OneSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 16. Creating Eikons (image, likeness of God) God Creates The Adam then splits the lonely The Adam into Ish in communion with Ishah and brought together by God to form One FleshSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 17. Listening - What do I do with the Bible? • 3 Parts • On Paper • God Speaks • “So That”Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 18. Listening On Paper • Inspiring Inerrant Authority Submission • Does authority and submission describe a dynamic relationship?Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 19. Psalm 119 - Relational Approach • I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word (v.16) • My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times (v.20) • Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight (v.35) • I will walk about in your freedom, for I have sought out your precepts (v.45) • For I delight in your commands because I love them (v.47) • You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees (v.68) • How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (v.103)Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 20. God = Bible God communicates Bible with God’s people God communicates Bible with listening God’s people God communicates Bible with listening God’s people in conversation relationship with God of the BibleSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 21. God Speaks... • A Theology of Reading (Alan Jacobs) • Written words are personal communication from one person to another • The proper relationship of a Christian to a person’s communication is to love that person by listening to their wordsSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 22. Levels • Attention (opening our ears) • I Corinthians 14:2 • Absorption (filling our beings) • I Kings 3:9-12 • Action (leading to certain behaviours) • Matthew 7:24Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 23. So That... • Relationship • Character • ActionSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 24. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, SO THAT the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 25. Water Slide Analogy • Reading the Bible with our wise mentors is like sliding down a water slide • Gospel = slide • Bible = one wall • Teachers/Traditions = other wall • Water = Holy SpiritSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 26. Discerning - How do I Benefit from the Bible? • Living Jesus • PatternsSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 27. Colossians 1:9-10 • For this reason, since the day we heard about you we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every waySaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 28. Literal LivingSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 29. ReThinking... • The reality is that we do pick and choose, even with Jesus and the New Testament • there are over 600 Old Testament rules • The reasons we have for our adopting and adaptingSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 30. Entering the Kingdom • Book of Matthew • They must have surpassing righteousness (5:20) • They must do God’s will (7:21) • They must become as a child in humility (18:3) • The must cut themselves off from whatever is in the way (18:8-9) • They must abandon riches (19:23-24) • They must separate from the scribes and Pharisees (23:13)Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 31. Discernment • Using Divorce/Remarriage Example • Jesus is against divorce (Mark 10:11-12) • Jesus Discerned - except for sexual immorality (Matthew 5:32) • Paul discerns regarding Christian/non-Christian (1 Corinthians 7) • Churches Today - MESSY PART - guidance of the Holy Spirit is promised to us as we pray, as we study Scripture, and as we join in conversation with church tradition • Discernments should not become rules or lawsSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 32. Death Penalty • Old Testament sanctioned capital punishment • witch (Exodus 22:18) • idolater (Exodus 22:20) • blasphemer (Leviticus 24:13) • rebellious son (Deuteronomy 21:18-21) • adultery (22:22) • one who broke the Sabbath (Numbers 15:32-36)Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 33. • Other tendencies • Cain was not killed after murdering his brother (Genesis 4) • Cities of refuge for those who committed accident murder (Exodus 21:12-14, Numbers 35:6-34, Deuteronomy 4:41-43; 19:1-13) • Jesus did not demand capital punishment for the woman caught in adultery (John 7:53-8:11) • Discernment • Does capital punishment actually deter crime? • Grace and Forgiveness • opposed - based on social progress, historical & legal developments, theological development based on Jesus’ teachings (Matthew 5:38-39)Saturday, 8 October, 11
  • 34. ShortCut Problems • treating the Bible as a collection of laws • treating the Bible as a collection of blessings and promises • treating the Bible as a inkblot onto which we can project our own ideas • treating the Bible as a giant puzzle that we are to put together • treating the Bible’s authors as a MaestroSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 35. The Story • God and Creation • Adam/Eve as Eikons who break the relationship • God’s covenant community (humans restored to God, Self, Others, World) • Jesus Christ, who is the story and whose story we are to live • The church as Jesus’s covenant community • the consummation, when all designs of our Creator God will be finally realized forever and everSaturday, 8 October, 11
  • 36. Relationship • God gave us the Bible as a person who speaks to you as a person(s) through words • summoned by God to listen to God speak • to live out what God directs us • and to discern how to live out the story in our own day • If we love God and love others, we will listen to God in the Bible, live out what he calls us to do and discern how to live out the Story to our worldSaturday, 8 October, 11