Friday, September 19, 2008

Types of Bible Study

Types of Bible Studies:

Bible studies may be done singly or as a series.

1. A Bible Study Series can be thematic. Thematic articles can be about anything, as long as you have several Bible verses to discuss: The Holy Spirit or the Trinity: John 15:26, I John 5:8, Matt 3:16, Is 48:16, 1 Cor 6:19, Eph 2:18, Acts 10:38, Rom 8:11, 2 Peter 1:21, Rom 15:13, Heb 2:3, 1 Peter 3:18; or even in Genesis where God creates the world with the Spirit and then walks in the garden and later visits Abraham as one of the three visitors.
2. A certain symbol, a Bible character, Marriage, word, virtue, prophets, prayers in the Bible, the Parables, Worship Songs in the Bible, stewardship and finances, etc.
3. Character Studies: Women, Bad women, Prophets, converts in the Bible, Compare and Contrasts
4. Seasonal: Holidays, Feasts in the Bible, Mothers in the Bible, Fathers in the Bible.
5. In-depth Examination of a particular Bible book or Writer: John’s Epistles, Prophetic Books
6. Philosophical: Old Testament Prayers, Paul’s Prayers, The hard sayings of Jesus
7. Bible studies can be simple retelling – These Bible studies vary, depending on the age of the audience. If the audience is older, more commentary and examination of the story is added, in addition to more adult topics.
8. The Bible and Current Events – These kind of Bible Studies deal with religion’s impact on society. For instance, politics (Christianity and Welfare? Christianity and War? Christianity and Pacificism? Christianity and the Courts.) This kind of Bible study can be quite controversial.
9. Christianity and other great Christian books – These Bible studies are usually a combination of Bible studies, an examination of an author’s life, and a book review. For instance: C S Lewis and the problem of pain and grief, War and the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

10. Defending Christianity – Christian apologetics, Christianity and Cults, Christianity and atheism, Christianity and other religions, Christianity and human philosophy. Discernment and wisdom is often needed when a writer engages the deceptions of the modern (and ancient) world. Bible study writers have to be aware that they live in a world which has its own ideas about Christianity. This world has stories built upon lies, built upon agendas, built upon schemes, built upon self-delusions, built upon mis-readings. Some of these stories have become solidified over the years, decades, and centuries and are now religions and “churches” of their own. Even if they are not religions, they create doubt by being shadow religions, and shadow beliefs. A Christian must learn to stand up against them.
Questions to ask yourself when tackling someone who thinks she knows that Christianity is false:
1. When is the first mention of this particular anti-Christian lie?
2. What exactly is the legend on which this lie built?
3. Does this legend have anything truthful in it?
4. Challenge the “proof” documents of the other religion; verify the proof documents of Christianity.
5. Don’t trust any old proof that comes your way.
6. Question the agenda behind the new truth.

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