STUDY SHEETS for FFC for Sunday – February 4, 2018

GALATIANS MESSAGE 22
For Freedom Set Free – Part 4
The Believer’s Guide to Freedom in Christ
Overview
Galatians 5:1 & Selected (many) 🙂 

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AUDIO for FFC for Sunday – January 28, 2018

GALATIANS MESSAGE 21 –
For Freedom Set Free – Part 3
The Gospel of Law & Grace

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STUDY SHEETS for FFC for Sunday – January 28, 2018

GALATIANS MESSAGE 21 – For Freedom Set Free – Part 3
Galatians 5:1 & Selected

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AUDIO for FFC for Sunday AM – January 21, 2018

SUNDAY AM

GALATIANS MESSAGE 20 – For Freedom Set Free –
PART 2 – Galatians 5:1

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STUDY SHEETS for FFC for Sunday – January 21, 2018

GALATIANS MESSAGE 20 –
For Freedom Set Free – PART 2 –
Galatians 5:1 & Selected

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Have Bible Quoters Replaced Bible Readers? – Russell Moore

Most readers of this site will share my angst about biblical illiteracy. I think we sometimes assume, though, that this illiteracy is simply a problem in the broadest sweep of cultural Christianity. It is there, to be sure. That’s why Christian bookstores (or their digital equivalents) don’t sell many books on the meaning of justification in Galatians, but tons of books with diet tips from Ezekiel or channeled messages from heaven. The problem, though, is far bigger than that.

I’ve never really known how to identify the scope of the biblical illiteracy facing us until I read this past weekend a sentence that perfectly articulated what I had noticed, in David Nienhuis’ very helpful new book A Concise Guide to Reading the New Testament (Baker). Speaking of the students in his college New Testament classes, Nienhuis writes that they struggle with the biblical material “because they have been trained to be Bible quoters, not Bible readers.”

He is exactly right.

Biblical interpretation in American evangelicalism tends to be trickle-down, from the entrepreneurial ministry pioneers to everyone else.

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Nienhuis locates part of the problem in the way higher criticism has sought to remove the Bible from the terrain of the church to the alleged expertise of those able to discern the “original context” in ways novel to the reading of the church through the ages. But the problem goes beyond this, he notes. The problem is also the way the Bible is used in churches.

“Some of my students attend popular non-denominational churches led by entrepreneurial leaders who claim to be ‘Bible believing’ and strive to offer sermons that are ‘relevant’ for successful Christian living,” he writes. “Unfortunately, in too many cases, this formula results in a preacher appealing to a short text of Scripture, out of context, in order to support a predetermined set of ‘biblical principles’ to guide the congregants’ daily lives. The only Bible these students encounter, sadly, is the version that is carefully distilled according to the theological and ideological concerns that have shaped the spiritual formation of the lead pastor.”

I would say the problem goes far beyond non-denominational churches, or even entrepreneurial churches, as biblical interpretation in American evangelicalism tends to be trickle-down, from the entrepreneurial ministry pioneers to everyone else.

Here’s the end-result according to Nienhuis: “They have the capacity to recall a relevant biblical text in support of a particular doctrinal point, or in opposition to a hot spot in the cultural wars, or in hope of emotional support when times get tough. They approach the Bible as a sort of reference book, a collection of useful God-quotes that can be looked up as one would locate words in a dictionary or an entry in an encyclopedia.”

If the Bible is God’s Word, we must raise up people who don’t merely believe the Bible but also know what it says.

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He continues: “What they are not trained to do is to read a biblical book from beginning to end, to trace its narrative arc, to discern its main themes, and to wonder how it shapes our faith lives today.”

This is not a matter of the educated versus the uneducated. The same problem exists among both. I have noticed people who were experts in the grammar of the Hebrew and Greek Bibles who didn’t really get the flow of the old, old story. If the Bible, though, is God’s Word, and it is, we must raise up people who don’t merely believe the Bible but also who know what it says.

The answer is not easy. Part of the problem is what Nienhuis mentions, the modeling of the use of Scripture in some teaching and preaching. Part of the problem is the larger cultural question of whether the distracted, fragmented modern mind any longer has the attention span to read a text (meaning a literary text, as opposed to a text message). And part of the problem is that in order to train people to read their Bibles, the church must be gathered more than just an hour or two a week. To engage with a narrative requires (pardon this metaphor, my paedobaptist friends) not just a sprinkling but an immersion in the text.

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AUDIO for FFC for Sunday – January 14, 2018

GALATIANS MESSAGE 19
For Freedom Set Free – PART 1

Galatians 5:1 & Selected

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STUDY SHEETS for FFC for Sunday – January 14, 2018

GALATIANS MESSAGE 19 – For Freedom Set Free
Galatians 5:1 & Selected

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STUDY SHEETS for FFC for Sunday – January 7, 2018

GALATIANS MESSAGE 19 – For Freedom Set Free
Galatians 5:1

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Dave’s Bible reading plan for 2018

NET Bible–>One Year Bible–>Tecarta Bible app

Tomorrow I plan to begin reading the NET Bible via the One Year Bible on my Tecarta Bible app. I got the NET Bible for 99 cents and got the One Year Bible for the sale price of $2.99 through the Tecarta app. This is another advantage of using an app such as Tecarta. Before when I decided to read through the Bible in a different translation I would be Bible shopping and it would cost much more than the four bucks I have invested here.

Got Questions dot org has an excellent post on the NET Bible. See link below:

What is the New English Translation (NET)?

Although some believe that the NET (and probably any translation that is not KJV) “is straight out of the pits of Hell“, the more I research the more confidence I have in the effort that Bible dot org put into this translation.

By the way the “straight out of the pits of Hell” person tells us that “This is the exact same garbage that we read in the NIV.”

So if you like the NIV, then the NET might work for you. 🙂

 

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