If someone were to ask me, "What influences have helped you grow most along the path of Christian discipleship?" it wouldn't take me long to answer. Easily, one of my first responses would be "time in the Bible." And not just time in the Bible, but time getting to know the Bible (and its Author!); working to understand and apply its message.
I've talked with others, and have found many that say similar things. Knowing and loving and applying the Bible is that important! This is so much of why I value biblical engagement and theological formation like I do.
And so as I work to help others get into God's Word in such a way that "God's Word gets into them," I understand that for people to spend time in the Bible, we sometimes need to help them first trust the Bible. We need to explain what the Bible is, and show all the great reasons we have to believe that this book is reliable. The Bible really is an authoritative word from God, that He graciously chose to convey through human authors.
I believe this sort of understanding can reinforce motivation to get into the Bible for followers of Christ, and create motivation to get into the Bible for those who are seeking. All of this is why I'm so excited about an Institute seminar I'll be teaching on Thursday evening, September 29 on "How We Got the Bible."
During our time together, we'll introduce you to important theological words like "revelation," "inspiration," and "canon." We'll learn about God's gracious giving of His Word, and the numerous reasons we have to trust that God has protected His Word. We'll survey important passages in the Bible, we'll look a bit at church history, and we'll reflect on the significance all this has for our lives today.
Again: Growing in our understanding of these things can reinforce motivation to get into the Bible for followers of Christ, and create motivation to get into the Bible for those who are seeking. And the ultimate goal? To keep getting into God's Word in such a way that God's Word gets into us.
The seminar is coming up on Thursday evening, September 29, from 7-8:30pmat Brookside Church.
Whether you're an attendee of Brookside Church or are simply in the Omaha area and want to dig into this a little more deeply yourself, we invite you to join us. There's no cost to attend, but you can help us know how to plan by signing up here. Oh yeah - and help spread the word!
Interested in other seminars that the Brookside Institute will be offering this year? Or do want to see some things we've already done that line up with what Brookside Church is doing as we read through the Bible? Click here to see more.
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