How confident do you feel about your personal Bible study? What if someone says something you don’t agree with but you don’t know why, or how to find out the answer from Scripture? Ever thought word studies or a lexicon sounds intimidating? Are you wondering what a lexicon is? Join us on Wednesday at 6:30 PM to learn the basics of Bible study. Thomas will take us through not only the importance but different methods of approaching Scripture and getting underneath the surface meaning. We’ll look at how to look at text, what questions to ask, how to come to a better understanding of not only what a text is about but how its arranged, as well as how to truly study Biblical words, principles, passages, & meanings. This may sound hard or very scary, but Thomas breaks it down into easily learned exercises and slowly builds upon what we’ve learned last time. One of the really neat things about this class is that it’s not just Thomas telling you how to do it – we’ll have commentaries, lexicons, & interlinears out and use them after we learn how, and nearly every class has a hands on textual exercise that we’ll do sometimes individually and sometimes as a group. This is the place to be if you want to learn the basics of Bible study!
We never have to be content with only our or someone elses’ opinion, but everyone can and should be confident in approaching Scripture with an intent to find out what it really means.
Bring your Bible, and a willingness to learn. See you Wednesdays at 6:30 starting September 7th! Check the calendar for topics & times!
Sept 7th – Course Introduction
- Importance of Study, Right & Wrong Approaches, Discussion of Personal Study
- Definitions: Exegesis, Eisegesis, Hermeneutics, Epistemology
- Learning from the text along, Sitz-en-leben, Context Exercise, Psalm Exercise, Bible Literature
- Where to Start, Attitude of a Good Interpreter, 3 Starter Questions, Context Reviewed, Obadiah Exercise
- Rules for Interpretation, Occasion & Purpose & Recipients, Philemon Exercise
- Main Emphasis & Theme, Paragraphing & Outlining 1, Philippians 1
- Paragraphing & Outlining 2 – Philippians 1; Word Study 1 – Jude
- Word Study 2 – Jude, Primary & Secondary Literature 1
- Primary & Secondary Literature 2, Historical & Cultural Research, Commentary Exercise – Jude
- Beginning of Application : OT -> NT -> Today Bridge, Intro to Hermeneutics
- Biblical Hermeneutics 1, Rules for Interpretation Review, Importance of Principles, How to use commands, examples, & inferences
- Biblical Hermeneutics 2, Application Review, Questions, Group Study of Scripture Questions
- Class overflow and/or group study of scriptural questions
- Congregational Singing