“How Does Reading the Bible Help My Faith?” is a seven session study that explores key questions about the many different ways that people of faith interpret the Bible in order to grow in their faith. It is designed to meet the needs of people who have questions about the Christian faith and who desire a deeper engagement with scripture and with discipleship as they explore studies of issues in theology, ethics, missions, Bible interpretation, and church history. It seeks to equip a new generation of church leaders to appreciate the eternal message of the gospel and to develop the skills to articulate its relevance in our contemporary context.
Session 1 - Who wrote the Bible? explores how the Bible was written and how it became the primary resource for learning and growing in Christian faith .
Session 2 - How is the Bible authoritative for members of the faith Community? explores some of the ways people of faith read the Bible and find within it guidance and meaning for their daily lives. It will help us affirm our ways of reading and interpreting the Bible as we respect the various, and perhaps quite different ways, other people read and interpret the Bible.
Session 3 - What does the Bible say to us about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit? explores the Bible as the primary source for the Judeo-Christian understanding of God.
Session 4 - What does the Bible say to us about what it means to be human? explores what the Bible teaches about both human failure and human potential in light of God's grace.
Session 5 - Do the Bible and Science Conflict? explores the tensions many people of faith perceive between biblical stories and the tools of science.
Session 6 - How does the Bible help us pray and worship ? explores how the Bible informs prayer, other spiritual disciplines, and worship.
Session 7 - How does the Bible offer help and hope for contemporary life? helps individuals and communities of faith delve more deeply into the Bible as a guide for daily living in the diverse cultures of today's world.