Well I am back again! Missed me? Haha just kidding. Anyways we had one of the pastors of church come in and teach us the about the book of Acts, he also taught us 4 other bible study methods as well.. So without further ado let’s dive into this blog post.
So our goal for this class was: “Discovering more about the Kingdom of God, differences, and how to further the Kingdom. The mission of the Church is: “To demonstrate to the world what it is like to for people to live under the Reign of God.” One of the key verses of this course was Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in al Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” God will give us everything we need to tell others about him, from where live to even the other side of the world. The power comes from the Holy Spirit which helps us demonstrate to others how to live under the reign of God. Some of the things we do that demonstrate theses are: teachings, prayer, fellowship, and worship for example. The focus of the church is the Kingdom but the focus of the Kingdom is the not church, some people get those confused.
Understanding the role of the Holy Spirit within the KoG (Kingdom of God) is rather important and knowing the mission of God is important as well. The Spirit of God is given to particular people at particular times for particular task. Though the Spirit of God isn’t given to everyone… though it says in Joel 2:28-32 “In the last days I will pour out my spirit unto everyone.” Also God has given us the power to witness to other as well as stated in Acts 1:8 as seen above. How cool is that though having the Holy Spirit’s power with us like I am honestly astonished by that idea. The deeper you know the Lord, the more, familiarity you will have with Him, and the more authority you have. There was one question that I have thought about and has asked myself. “What is God’s desire for me?” I’ve thought about this a lot but then I am reminded in Psalms 37:4, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I know there are Spiritual fruits i.e. “The fruits of the Spirit” found in Gal.5:22-23, i.e Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, and Self-control. The thing to remember though is that God is always is in charge. And the church should be producing the fruit of the Spirit as well.
So the Mission + Spirt + Church = KoG (Kingdom of God). The principles regarding the Kingdom of God are:
- God is a missionary God. Therefore his people are missionary people.
- Mission is NOT an expression of the church, BUT the essence of the church.
- Mission happens in Community.
- Mission is the transforming amongst the church, the world.
- Mission requires high accountability and covenant.
Throughout this course I learned 4 new bible study methods. I’m just gonna briefly discuss each of them.
Book Background:– So our goal for this method is to gain a better understanding of the biblical book by researching the geographical, historical, cultural and political environments related to the book and the author and the original audience. The benefits are: it sets the book within a much larger context of the complete bible. It “transports” us into the bibilical era of the book. And lastly, it aids greatly in proper application.
The Thematic Method:– Our goal is to learn what the bible says about a certain topic/theme by asking not more than 5 predetermined question. The theme is traced through the Bible 0r a single book by asking only those questions, summarizing your conclusions and writing out a personal application. The benefits for this method are: it is simple and easy to conduct, helps one determine how the Bible addresses specific themes, not many reference tools needed, good way in which to preview a larger topic by surveying first some of the specific themes found within the topic, and it is of the easiest types of personal Bible Study to craft into a sermon or Sunday School lesson.
Chapter Summary:– our goal is to gain a general understanding of a chapter in the Bible through repeated readings, investigative questions and a brief summary/conclusion. The key is to understand an entire chapter and how it fits into the larger book in which it is found. The benefits are: simple and easy to learn, good for Bible survey, and it is quick with no reference tools necessary.
Chapter Analysis: Our goal is to gain a thorough understanding of a chapter or text by examining carefully each paragraph, sentence, and word in an intensely detailed and systematic matter. The key is to be disciplined and maintaining your focus without an outside interference.
Well that is a lot of information that I have learned from this course… Enjoy reading it… Until next time.. See ya later..