Context is everything. If you were hear me say the word “cat” and that is all, very little communication would go on between us. Now if we were in the same room and you could see my nonverbals and gestures and the direction I may be looking you may have a small or large degree of insight into the meaning of my uttering that single word. But without some context your understanding would be very limited and of little value to you.
Context is key to understanding the Bible as well. Too often our Bible intake can be limited to isolated portions separated from the whole that may not make as much sense to us a God intended them to make. This leads to misunderstandings about the Bible and we miss out on the Holy Spirit work in our lives that God intends his word to have.
Single words, phrases, sentences, individual verses and even paragraphs and chapters are often misunderstood without an understanding of the broader context. One of the most valuable ways to move forward to a greater understanding of the Bible, where much more of it makes sense to you, is to get a proper understanding of the “Big Picture” of the Bible.
From Age to Age: How to Understand the Bible From Cover to Cover and Why it Matters to My Everyday Life
This fall we are offering a Sunday Morning Bible Class that will help you grow in your ability to get the “Big Picture”. Some people think the Bible is a book of rules, or a book of self-help principles for living, or a book of heros that we are to aspire to be like. The Bible certainly does have some of these things in it. But first of all from beginning to end it is about God’s saving work through Jesus Christ. His story is there from “Cover to Cover”.
The end in the minds of the teachers in this class is not simply that you could grow in understanding, but also that you would grow in application that brings about increased growth in Christ-likeness.
This class about the “Big Picture” is not simply about information but about transformation. The end in the minds of the teachers in this class is not simply that you could grow in understanding, but also that you would grow in application that brings about increased growth in Christ-likeness.
Alan Wilson is the Director of Academics and High School Teacher at Veritas Classical Schools. In a time past he has been the Pastor of Education and Teaching Ministries here at ECBC. He has a Master of Theology Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and has done doctoral studies at Reformed Theological Seminary.
Ryan Lister is an Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University. He has a Masters Degree and a PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he studied under and assisted Dr. Bruce Ware, who has taught here at ECBC a number of times. Once upon a time Ryan has served as a part of the Student Ministry Staff at ECBC.
When and Where
Sunday Morning at 9:30am in room B216, starting September 8th. Please join Alan and Ryan. They will teach you well with sharp minds and warm hearts. For more information download the 2013 Fall SMBC Schedule.