From the Law to the Spirit

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 by

Yesterday, I gave some questions and principles to aid in reading the New Covenant (i.e. Testament) in view of the Old Covenant.  Today I want to apply that by comparing the giving of the law in the Old Covenant with the giving of the Spirit in the New Testament.  First, let’s look at how Jeremiah

From the Old to New

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 by

This last Sunday, we hit the halfway point in our class about the Bible.  We learned about the New Covenant which Jesus initiated and how it relates to the Old Covenant.  I finished the the class by giving two questions which can help people read the Bible as a whole.     The two questions

Confession and Covenant

Thursday, 03 April 2014 by

We have been talking covenants in class for the last few weeks.  As a church and denomination, covenant is one of the core principals of our faith; in fact, our confession devotes a whole section to the topic.  I have posted it below.  If you have time read and think about it because we will

Class Slides on Covenants

Monday, 31 March 2014 by

As promised, I have uploaded the slides from yesterday’s class.  You can download them by clicking the picture to the left.  I look forward to going through the New Covenant next week!   P.S.  If you have any follow up questions from the class, please ask below.

Story of The Kingdom

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 by

In this recent class, we discussed how the Bible has a major story line, namely the Kingdom of God.  From beginning to end it is about God’s reign which brings blessings to God’s people in God’s place.   We used the chart below as well as a story line summary based on Vaughn Robert’s God’s

Covenants: A Reading List

Monday, 24 March 2014 by

In the last  class of “the Book”, we discuss the Biblical reality of covenants.  A covenant in the Ancient Near East (I.e. Biblical Culture) was a bond between two parties often marked by a sacrifice, sign or a sacred meal.   I shared how a common covenant during Biblical times is called the Suzerain-Vassal Treaty.

How valuable is the Bible?

Monday, 17 March 2014 by

Ask these Chinese Christians who just received it for the first time.  

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Text Criticism sounds a little intimidating.  What is it?  It’s what we talked about this last Sunday in “the Book” class.   Its the science of determining what the original texts of the Bible were through comparing the different transcribed copies we have  today, whether they are fragments, manuscripts or quotes from Church Authors.  

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  We discussed Biblical canon formation in our Discovery Class, “The Book,”  this last Sunday.  The canon are the books in the Bible that are authorized as the scriptures of the Church.  We talked about how the early Apostles were self aware that what they were writing was to be considered scriptural and authoritative.  We

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“The Book” Begins

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 by

We recently began our second class in the Discovery Series called “The Book.”  The purpose of the class is help equip people with basics of how the Bible came to be, how it fits together and how to read it.   If you are curious as to what our denomination believes about the scriptures I