When getting ready for the adventure of a lifetime,
there are essential items that you will want to pack.
At Gateway, we have a number of training & equipping opportunities to help you along the way.
WHAT'S IN YOUR BACKPACK?
Please let us know if any of the following
would be helpful to you:
How To Study The Bible Workshop
The next How to Study the Bible Workshop date is TBD.
1. Week One The Meta-Narrative of Scripture
Did you realize that the Bible, made up of 66 books spanning 1500 years and over 40 authors, is actually one big story?
Join us for an overview of the storyline of the Bible.
Learn the 7 “acts” of the biblical narrative that spans the ages.
Have fun examining some of the “threads” that are interwoven into the entire story of Scripture.
2. Week Two The Bridge of Biblical Study
Do you know that there are three simple steps for biblical study and do you know how to follow them toward a better understanding of Scripture?
Join us this week as we learn how to build a bridge from the culture of the biblical text to the world that we live in today.
Learn how to take the following steps: observation (what the text meant), interpretation (what it means) and application (how I can respond).
3. Week Three Consistent Interpretation
Have you heard the charge that Christians like to arbitrarily “pick and choose” the commands of God to obey in the Old Testament and which ones to ignore?
Join us this week as we learn how to treat every biblical text in the same way.
Dive more deeply into the process of interpretation and learn how to draw out the eternal principle (ultimate ethic) from every biblical command.
See how rich the biblical commands are when understood in their context and how unfortunate it would be for you to “unhitch your faith” from the Old Testament.
Learn how Jesus drew the eternal principle out of the Hebrew Scriptures and applied them in exciting ways to his cultural context.
4. Week Four Redemptive Movement in the Bible
Did you know that there is a beautiful trajectory in the Bible? God’s heart is to patiently move his children away from racism, sexism, violence, self-destruction (and other personal and social dysfunctions) and toward his ultimate ethic of love.
In this session we will look at some of the more controversial issues in the Bible.
Examine texts that talk about war, slavery, women and human sexuality in order to gain a better grasp on God vision for a fully flourishing humanity.
5. Week Five The Road to Emmaus
Did you know that Jesus explained to his disciples how he was foreshadowed in the entire Old Testament? His life was an exciting fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures and our hearts burn with God’s love when the Holy Spirit reveals what was said concerning Christ.
Join us as we look at ways Jesus intentionally echoed many of the Old Testament stories in his life, ministry, death, resurrection and ascension.
Learn how to have a heart that burns with God’s love as you discover the perfect unity of Scripture that revolves around the Word who became flesh.
6. Week Six Communicating the Text
All of us will, at some time, be called upon to share what God has said and is saying to us through the biblical text. Learn some of the tricks and tips that Pastor Steve has uncovered over more than a quarter century of teaching the Bible.
Learn how to put all of the elements of biblical study together into a simple structure that will powerfully communicate the Word of God in a Bible Study, devotional or sermon.
Become a better communicator or a better listener of biblical messages by seeing “how the sausage is made” in the interpretation and communication of Scripture.