As pastors, we are convinced that we change the most when when we regularly read the bible and pray. Yet the bible is a complex collection of books and we all need help navigate both it's big story and the smaller details!
One of our new initiatives for 2014 is to start a Bible School with the aim of helping us feel more at home in reading the bible.
Richard Walker will be leading the School and helped by Mark Amos and others who were involved in our Biblical Thinking Forum. The syllabus for next year is outlined below ... more details on Richard's blog here:
Approaching the Bible. What do we mean when we say that the Bible is the inspired "Word of God"?
Coming to the Light.
What is the central theme of the Bible?
Gospel Rhythm: From Darkness and Chaos to Light and Order. How does Genesis 1 set the scene for the rest of the Bible?
28 April Leviticus: The Gospel for "Little Children"
How do we make sense of the laws and rituals of Leviticus?
The Psalms: Gospel Songs for our Journey Through This Life. How should we read the Psalms?
The Prophets: God's Gracious Gospel Enforcers. Who were the prophets and how were they used by God?
The Gospels: Behold the God-Man. How do the Gospels shed new light for us about Jesus?
Acts: The Gospel goes Viral. How is the Gospel planted into and lived out in Alien Cultures?
Revelation: Not as Strange as You Think. How should we try to understand one of the most controversial letters ever written?