Author's Bias: Interpretation: conservative
Inclination: promise
Seminary: none

Study With a Buddy!
A Class For People to Study with Another

When Jesus speaks of "blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear (Matt 13:16)," He is appealing to our physical senses of reality and logic. In the context of studying God's word, we are on the quest of objectively discovering what God meant. This is in sharp contrast to the subjective approach of Bible study, "what does it mean to me?"

This class is focused on improving your observation skills of the biblical text. You and your buddy will be challenged to study, learn, and build your theology. But we won't stop there; you will be encouraged to test your model, refine, and repeat the process.

Class participation is limited to those who bring someone to study with. There is a chance you may not like what you see and hear; this class may test your hermeneutics and theology. Be skeptical of what you hear and, with your buddy, objectively evaluate whether the info is correct or not. Use the Bible as the standard - not someone else's writings of their interpretation.

Whether you start from left or right field, the truth will stand up to scrutiny. And if you are on a genuine quest to know the truth and persevere, you and your buddy will ultimately arrive to the proper interpretation and theology. With few exceptions, the Bible is not ambiguous; It really does make sense. I have personally come to marvel at the elegance and logical beauty of God's word.

So when Proverbs speaks of "iron sharpens iron" (Prov 27:17), it is precisely this process where friends help each other grow closer to God by grappling / debating with God's word in the pursuit of sanctifying one's mind, will, character, and body.

Location / Time: Westminster Chapel's gym - open to all churches, this 45 minute class starts at 8 am sharp!

Cost: Free - bring your Bible, pen, and paper!

Sunday Topic
Sept 22, 2019 1. What does faith mean? How do I know if my faith is growing? How can someone come to faith if they never heard of God or Jesus Christ?
Oct 6, 2019 2. What is so important about the creation and fall of man? Did God create sin?
Oct 20, 2019 3. How should I understand the Abrahamic Covenant and its relationship to the other covenants that follow?
Nov 3, 2019 4. Did Moses really write the first 5 books of the Bible? Don't tell me the Bible told you so - show me the evidence!!
Nov 17, 2019 5. Why is the Law so vital to understand? Isn't it over??
Dec 1, 2019 6. How did the Bible come to us? How is it not a myth? What makes it different from other religious books?
Dec 15, 2019 7. What is the New Covenant? If it was made with the Jews, how does it apply to Gentiles? How is the gospel associated with it?
Jan 5, 2020 8. How historical is the Bible? How does it compare to ancient history?
Jan 19, 2020 9. What purpose do Messianic prophecies serve?!
Feb 2, 2020 10. Why is the kingdom of God a secret? Why speak in parables?
Feb 16, 2020 11. Who do I worship or pray to - God or Jesus Christ??? How does praying to the Holy Spirit fit in?!
Mar 1, 2020 12. Is it possible to read the book of Revelation literally and take the natural meaning of its words? Can we organize good observations in a manner to minimize speculation?

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