BYOB: Bring Your Own Bible

Explore common Bible critiques and discover a path forward Bible Class for Bible Skeptics

Do you struggle to trust the Bible's authority or know someone who does? Do the weird laws, disturbing stories, and confusing claims of scripture lead to doubt or skepticism? Are you stuck in your journey of faith? If so, you are invited to our four-week Bible Class for Bible Skeptics.

Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Childcare Available

October 5-26, 2022

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Weekly Theology Class Dive deep into the worlds of the text

Teaching Pastor, Tim Ayers, leads a weekly class and study on theology and the books of the Bible. In this class, you will learn about the world behind the text in the ancient world of the people of Israel, the world of the text in the writing style and intentions of the authors, and the world in front of the text to learn how the Bible applies to us today.

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Discover deeper meaning in the Bible The 'Three Worlds' of Interpreting the Bible

The World Behind the Text   - gives us context of the world the author and readers were living in, including history, politics, economics, and more.

The World of the Text   - shows us literary features the author uses to communicate. 

The World in Front of the Text   - how does the scripture influence or impact us today?

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Ask yourself these questions when reading scripture 5 Questions for Bible Study

  1. What does God want me to understand?
  2. What does God want me to believe?
  3. What does God want me to desire?
  4. What does God want me to stop doing?
  5. What does God want me to do?

Helpful Sermons

 



Helpful Videos

Many thanks to the incredible, Kingdom-minded generosity of The Bible Project.



Intro Into The Bible (feat. The Bible Project & Other Tools)

What is the Bible?

A condensed history of how the Bible came into existence, and the different forms of the Bible in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christian traditions.

Story of the Bible

All humanity, followed by the Israelites, redefine good and evil and end up in Babylon. They are followed by Jesus, who takes a different path that opens up the way to a new creation.

Literary Styles in the Bible

These writers expressed their ideas and claims through a variety of different type of literature, and this video will explore why it's important to tell them apart so we can hear their message on their terms.

Bible as Meditation Literature

 The Bible is designed as a multi-layered work, offering new levels of insight as you re-read it and allow each part to help you understand every other part. The Bible is the original meditation literature.



The Gospels

Plot in Biblical Narrative

Explore how grasping the multi-layered nature of the narrative can help you see the unified story that leads to Jesus.

The Gospels of the Kingdom 

Like the messenger that Isaiah told about and the messenger that Christ Himself was, we too are now charged with going out and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.



Old Testament History

Character in Biblical Narrative

In this video, we’ll explore the ways biblical authors present characters as more complex and morally compromised than we usually imagine.

The Covenants

God entered into a series of formal relationships with various human partners in order to ultimately rescue the world through Jesus.



Prophecy

Justice

What is justice and who gets to define it? Explore the biblical theme of Justice and discover how it's deeply rooted in the storyline of the Bible that leads to Jesus.

Exile

The exile was the watershed moment of the Israelites history on which the entire Bible gains its significance.



The Epistles

Setting in Biblical Narrative

In this video, we explore how biblical authors use settings in the narrative to meet the reader's expectations or to mess with them. Paying attention to locations and timelines in biblical stories unlocks deeper layers of meaning.

Khata: Sin 

The word “sin” is one of the most common bad words in the Bible, but what does it really mean? In this video, we’ll explore the concept of “moral failure” that underlies this important biblical word. Get ready to discover a profound and realistic portrait of the human condition.



Parables

Design Patterns in Biblical Narrative

Design patterns are one of the key ways the biblical authors have unified the storyline of the Bible. These patterns highlight core themes of the biblical story and show how it all leads to Jesus!

The Messiah

Jesus fulfilled the ancient biblical promise of a wounded victor who would rescue humanity. He was the one who overcame evil itself by allowing it to destroy him.



The Psalms

Public Reading of Scripture

Reading the Bible out loud is an ancient practice that offers us an example for a different way of engaging the Scriptures.

Holiness

The holy God is unique and set-apart as the Creator of all reality. And this God wants to invite all people into his purifying holiness so they can experience true life.



Wisdom

The Image of God

In sending Christ to the earth to live as a man, God shows us what it truly looks like to live a life in the image of God. Through Christ's example, we see that this life is one of servitude and goodness to others no matter what they do to us. 

Khata: Sin 

The word “sin” is one of the most common bad words in the Bible, but what does it really mean? In this video, we’ll explore the concept of “moral failure” that underlies this important biblical word. Get ready to discover a profound and realistic portrait of the human condition.



The Law

The Law

The laws in the Old Testament are part of the Bible’s larger story that leads to Jesus. In him we are freed from our own selfishness to love God and our neighbor.

Sacrifice & Atonement

God’s “covering” over human evil through animal sacrifices ultimately point to Jesus and his death and resurrection.



Apocalyptic

Day of the Lord

The Day of the Lord explores how God is on a mission to confront human evil, and the more mysterious spiritual evil that underlies it.

Revelation

The book of Revelation, a story about Babylon, Jesus, and judgment, which is too much to cover in one blog, so we are going to focus on the very end-of-the-end of the most epic story ever told.