The Study: Update

Over the past many months I’ve been reading and posting on the introduction to Genesis 1-11, based on the New American Commentary, volume 1A. There are over 100 pages of information on various academic fields on the background of Genesis and how we got the version we have now.

This coming month this study will be looking at the various types of context that we looked at last summer. The format of “In God’s Holy Word: The Study” will look different than what it has been so far. Questions will be posted with the idea being that anyone should be able to use any commentary series and/or and study Bible to find the contextual answers. Applying the Scriptures to a personal level will be based on the contexts and personal conviction.



Back to the Study

These past months have been busy with Christmas, New Year’s Day and work. With so much going on I have fallen behind in writing the study questions for “In God’s Holy Word” based on Genesis 1-11:26, vol. 1a of the New American Commentary series. But that is all about to change.

As of this weekend (January 20-23) the plan is to get back into reading the commentary and taking notes. Where did we leave off? November 2, 2016 (click here for post) part 4a of the Intro to Genesis (click here for the study questions) was completed. Part 4b will be posted before the end of this month, which means most of my free time, as in days not working, will be spent on this endeavour and my other writing projects.

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The Study is Here

Our long anticipated Bible study is finally upon us. Back in November 2014 an idea came to: I wanted to write Bible study material to teach others the basics any good and Bible-centred seminary teaches. (As material is written we will post updates with links to the pages.)

There are a lot of good reference material out there, as well as the bad. Many different schools of Christian thought (theological and philosophical) are currently floating around in churches and other Christian institutions. Every commentary series and other resources available are rooted in a particular theological school of thought.

How did you choose a series to work with? Simple. I choose The New American Commentary (NAC) series because of who wrote the volumes. These men have dedicated their lives to studying God’s Holy Word and they continue to. They have solid theology based upon God’s Word to use and not based upon human pre-assumptions or desires.

Also, I had the privilege to meet with several of the renown authors over the years.

What about other commentary series? Now, although I am using the NAC that does not mean that there are no other “good” series out there. In fact there are too many (as in dozens) for me to consider all of them, never mind study them.

That comes to another reason why I picked the NAC.

Some of the commentary sets available are way too in depth, with facts and word studies, for laypeople. Too much information can be overwhelming, especially if you start with it. That is not saying you cannot use them, in fact I recommend such material for advanced students.

Other commentaries only have the bare bones of Scripture explanations. Again, I am not saying you cannot use them. I own one such series that is helpful for any one to lead a small group (Bible study or other church group) in their home or at church.

The NAC is a nice middle ground for any serious student of the Bible. And by student I do not mean academic student, I mean any person who is serious about going deeper into God’s Holy Word.

Our study In God’s Holy Word  begins with Genesis, and our study in Genesis we are beginning with an Introduction to Genesis 1-11. Click here to navigate “In God’s Holy Word, The Study”.

May God bless you and open our eyes to new insights and revelations found In God’s Holy Word.

Writing Bible Studies

This term I had the privilege to take a course titled “Teaching Christ Followers”. Although it was monitory I would have taken it anyways, what the material lines up with “In God’s Holy Word” perfectly. The first half of the semester we learnt the importance of teaching Christian disciples and how to write our own Bible study curriculum. This final portion we are actually writing and presenting Bible studies we wrote.

I could list the requirements but I’ll leave that for study itself. When “In God’s Holy Word” Bible study posts begin to surface on here (or an upcoming website) you’ll see the sections we touch on.

Today I finished the outline for my second Bible study for the course and next week I’m scheduled to present it to the class.

The question you’re all may be asking: Seeing that there are so many Bible studies available, material other people have written, why write your own? While I don’t and would never abject to using these, it is more edifying to write your own. The reason for this is simple, when the teacher writes his/her own Bible study, Sunday school material, or even a sermon the teacher will become more of an expert on the subject or passage than they were before.

What’s the point for teaching, if you as the teacher, don’t come into the classroom with no more knowledge than he/she had the week?

The purpose for “In God’s Holy Word” is just as much for me and the other participants to learn about the Holy Bible in a new and meaningful way as to teach others and encourage others to study the Bible for themselves.