Understanding the Bible Intorduction Session 1


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Understanding the Bible Intorduction Session 1

  1. 1. <ul><li>A Rhema Christian Fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday Study </li></ul>Session One
  2. 2. <ul><li>What do I believe about my faith? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I know what the will of God is? </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>List some reasons to study the Bible </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>God’s way of speaking to us and blessing us. </li></ul><ul><li>We learn what the Christian life is about. </li></ul><ul><li>We are reading the words and messages of God Himself. </li></ul><ul><li>We are being obedient. </li></ul><ul><li>We become equipped to deal with others. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>We hear and interact with God through His words. </li></ul><ul><li>We get everything we seek and need from God. </li></ul><ul><li>We gain a greater in-depth knowledge of biblical accounts. </li></ul><ul><li>We can fully understand the Good News. </li></ul><ul><li>There are hundreds of promises from God. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>List some reasons to study the Bible </li></ul><ul><li>What we will examine in our studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the Bible about? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is it for? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who wrote it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When was it written? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is it about? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where did the events take place? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why was it written? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How did it get written? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are some ways to study it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do I interpret it? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Sessions 1 & 2 – What is and why study the Bible? </li></ul><ul><li>Session 3 – How do we study the Bible? </li></ul><ul><li>Session 4 – Observation: What to look for in sentences? </li></ul><ul><li>Session 5 - Observation: What to look for in paragraphs? </li></ul><ul><li>Session 6 - Observation: What to look for in discourses? </li></ul><ul><li>Session 7 – Context – Then and Now </li></ul><ul><li>Session 8 – Application and Meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Session 9 – Interpretative Journey </li></ul><ul><li>Sessions 10 – Putting it all together: A Study of Romans </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>True or false? The Bible is a collection of individual unrelated stories put together by a group of clergy to teach us the right way to live. </li></ul><ul><li>God’s written revelation of His will to men </li></ul><ul><li>Central theme is salvation through Jesus Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Explains why Jesus Christ is the Savior for the World </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>Contains 66 books </li></ul><ul><li>40 different authors </li></ul><ul><li>Covers approximately 1600 years </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>Old Testament written mostly in Hebrew </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(some Aramaic ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Old Testament translated into Greek during Pre-Christian era </li></ul>Next
  11. 13. <ul><li>Aramaic : a Semitic language of the ancient Near East, dating from about 300 BC and still spoken in the region. </li></ul><ul><li>Semitic : a group of languages belonging to the Afro-Asiatic family and spoken in North Africa and Southwest Asia, including Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, Maltese, and Amharic </li></ul><ul><li>Amharic : the official language of Ethiopia, belonging to the Semitic branch of Afro-Asiatic languages and written in Ethiopic script. </li></ul>Back
  12. 14. <ul><li>The word Bible comes from Greek word “ biblos ” </li></ul><ul><li>The Greek word for “ word ” is “ logos ” </li></ul>
  13. 15. <ul><li>The word “ testament ” means covenant </li></ul><ul><li>The word “ covenant ” means “ promise ”, “ pledge ”, or “ contract ” </li></ul><ul><li>Old Testament </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Covenant God made with man about his salvation before Christ came </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New Testament </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Covenant God made with man about his salvation after Christ came </li></ul></ul>
  14. 16. <ul><li>Old Testament </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The covenant of law </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New Testament </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The covenant of grace through Jesus Christ </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. <ul><li>Old Testament – begins with God (Gen 1:1) </li></ul><ul><li>New Testament – begins with Christ (Mat 1:1) </li></ul><ul><li>Adam to Abraham – history of human race (Gen 1- Gen 11) </li></ul><ul><li>Abraham to Christ – history of chosen race (Gen 11 – Mat 1) </li></ul><ul><li>Christ to His return– history of the church (Acts – Rev) </li></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>Kings </li></ul><ul><li>Princes </li></ul><ul><li>Poets </li></ul><ul><li>Philosophers </li></ul><ul><li>Prophets </li></ul><ul><li>Statesmen </li></ul><ul><li>Some learned </li></ul><ul><li>Some unschooled fishermen </li></ul><ul><li>All inspired by God </li></ul>
  17. 21. <ul><ul><li>Genesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exodus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leviticus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Numbers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deuteronomy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where did the universe come from? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes human beings special? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do people do wrong and evil things? </li></ul><ul><li>Does God care what happens to us? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I know what God expects of us? </li></ul>
  18. 22. <ul><li>Joshua </li></ul><ul><li>Judges </li></ul><ul><li>Ruth </li></ul><ul><li>1 Samuel </li></ul><ul><li>2 Samuel </li></ul><ul><li>1 Kings </li></ul><ul><li>2 Kings </li></ul><ul><li>1 Chronicles </li></ul><ul><li>2 Chronicles </li></ul><ul><li>Ezra </li></ul><ul><li>Nehemiah </li></ul><ul><li>Esther </li></ul><ul><li>What is God’s plan for the world? </li></ul><ul><li>Does God control what happens in history? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it pay a nation to honor God? </li></ul>
  19. 23. <ul><ul><li>Job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Psalm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proverbs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ecclesiastes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Song of Solomon </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can I find meaning in life apart from God? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I communicate with God? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we survive suffering? </li></ul><ul><li>What guidelines help me make wise choices? </li></ul>
  20. 24. <ul><ul><li>Isaiah </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jeremiah </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lamentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ezekiel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daniel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Does God ever reveal the future? </li></ul><ul><li>What prophecies have already come true? </li></ul><ul><li>What sins is God sure to judge? </li></ul><ul><li>How will the world end? </li></ul>
  21. 25. <ul><li>Hosea </li></ul><ul><li>Joel </li></ul><ul><li>Amos </li></ul><ul><li>Obadiah </li></ul><ul><li>Jonah </li></ul><ul><li>Micah </li></ul><ul><li>Nahum </li></ul><ul><li>Habakkuk </li></ul><ul><li>Zephaniah </li></ul><ul><li>Haggai </li></ul><ul><li>Zechariah </li></ul><ul><li>Malachi </li></ul><ul><li>How much does God love us? </li></ul><ul><li>Do people really get away with being “wicked”? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of society will God bless? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of society is He sure to punish? </li></ul><ul><li>Is our country in danger today? </li></ul>
  22. 26. <ul><li>5 Books of the Law </li></ul><ul><li>12 Books of History </li></ul><ul><li>5 Books of Poetry </li></ul><ul><li>17 Books of Prophecy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5 Major Prophets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12 Minor Prophets </li></ul></ul>Summary (39 Books)
  23. 28. <ul><li>Matthew </li></ul><ul><li>Mark </li></ul><ul><li>Luke </li></ul><ul><li>John </li></ul><ul><li>Who is Jesus? </li></ul><ul><li>What did Jesus’ miracles prove? </li></ul><ul><li>What did Jesus teach about God? </li></ul><ul><li>What did Jesus teach about the Kingdom of Heaven? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did Jesus have to die? </li></ul><ul><li>Did Jesus really rise from the dead? </li></ul>
  24. 29. <ul><li>Acts </li></ul><ul><li>What happened to Jesus’ followers after He rose from the dead? </li></ul><ul><li>How did the Christian movement spread? </li></ul><ul><li>Who did early Christians believe Jesus was? </li></ul>
  25. 30. <ul><li>Romans </li></ul><ul><li>1 Corinthians </li></ul><ul><li>2 Corinthians </li></ul><ul><li>Galatians </li></ul><ul><li>Ephesians </li></ul><ul><li>Philippians </li></ul><ul><li>Colossians </li></ul><ul><li>1 Thessalonians </li></ul><ul><li>2 Thessalonians </li></ul><ul><li>1 Timothy </li></ul><ul><li>2 Timothy </li></ul><ul><li>Titus </li></ul><ul><li>Philemon </li></ul><ul><li>What does it mean to be saved? </li></ul><ul><li>What special powers has God given to Christians? </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen when Jesus comes back? </li></ul>
  26. 31. <ul><li>Hebrews </li></ul><ul><li>James </li></ul><ul><li>1 Peter </li></ul><ul><li>2 Peter </li></ul><ul><li>1 John </li></ul><ul><li>2 John </li></ul><ul><li>3 John </li></ul><ul><li>Jude </li></ul><ul><li>How are followers of Jesus different? </li></ul><ul><li>Does God talk to believers today? </li></ul><ul><li>Where is Jesus and what is He doing right now? </li></ul>
  27. 32. <ul><li>Revelation </li></ul><ul><li>How will the world end? </li></ul><ul><li>What will happen to people who have not trusted Jesus as Savior? </li></ul><ul><li>What will heaven be like? </li></ul>
  28. 33. <ul><li>4 Books of the Gospel </li></ul><ul><li>1 Book of History </li></ul><ul><li>13 Epistles of Paul </li></ul><ul><li>8 General Epistles </li></ul><ul><li>1 Revelation </li></ul>Summary (27 Books)
  29. 35. <ul><li>Study Bible </li></ul><ul><li>Bible Concordance </li></ul><ul><li>Bible Commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Dictionary and Thesaurus </li></ul><ul><li>Bible Handbook </li></ul><ul><li>Writing supplies (colored pens or pencils) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer or Handheld Assistant </li></ul>
  30. 36. <ul><li>Reading Thorough the Bible in a Year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start at “In the beginning” (Gen 1:1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>End at “The Grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all” (Rev 22:21) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deductive Study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Topical study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives Biblical overview of a topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reveals Biblical harmony throughout </li></ul></ul>
  31. 37. <ul><li>Inductive Study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dissecting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pondering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asking questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drawing conclusions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Considers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Author </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Characters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Places </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Word Meaning </li></ul></ul></ul>
  32. 38. <ul><li>Devotional Study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designed to deepen your personal relationship with God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools: Bible, notepad, and writing instrument </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reading many times </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Making notes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing questions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personalizing (write in own words) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  33. 39. <ul><li>Character, Event, and Place Studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Situations happen to people for a reason </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives an understanding how God deals with people who react in certain ways in given situations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is said? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is done? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How God instructed and corrected? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How God blessed or condemned? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  34. 40. <ul><li>Keyword Study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Singular words and their variations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give text life and meaning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use concordance to locate where keyword are used in the Bible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use thesaurus to locate synonyms (different words, same meanings) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Warning: always look at a word in context </li></ul></ul>
  35. 41. <ul><li>Reading Thorough the Bible in a Year Method </li></ul><ul><li>Deductive Study Method </li></ul><ul><li>Inductive Study Method </li></ul><ul><li>Devotional Study Method </li></ul><ul><li>Character, Event, and Place Study Method </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword Study </li></ul>
  36. 43. <ul><li>http://www.eprintablecalendars.com/word-searches/books-of-the-bible/ </li></ul>
  37. 46. <ul><li>What two essential questions can be answered by studying my Bible? </li></ul><ul><li>How many books are in the Bible? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How many Old Testament? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How many New Testament? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Old Testament was originally written in _____? </li></ul><ul><li>New Testament was originally written in ____? </li></ul><ul><li>If you want to learn about the early church got to the book of _______? </li></ul>
  38. 47. <ul><li>What are the first five books of the Bible called? </li></ul><ul><li>In the Bible what group of books can you find what Biblical prophecy has already come true? </li></ul><ul><li>In what book can I find information about the “End Times”? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the word “rapture” used in the Bible? </li></ul><ul><li>Which study method will we use in Sunday Studys? </li></ul>