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What is the Bible? Part One - Conversation Guide

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The Bible: Real people, in real places, in real cultural contexts, in real points of history. We tend to talk about how beautiful, great, inspired, helpful, and incredible the Bible is. But, we avoid being transparent and realistic about how these ancient texts can be confusing, challenging, difficult, and intense. Join us as we look at God's massive love story in a deeper and potentially more meaningful way; To grasp the humanity, mystery, and divinity of its words. 


What is the Bible? Part One

Over the past century, the church has talked about how beautiful, inspired, helpful, and incredible the Bible is. However, we have avoided being transparent and realistic about how these ancient texts can be confusing, challenging, complicated, and intense. So, with the help of voices and altitude, we invite you to join Steve Ingold and CF Church Online as they kick off our new 4-week series, What is the Bible? Steve's message is what will prompt you to think about the questions listed below. If you have not had a chance to watch it, we highly encourage you to do so by clicking here, as it will help provide context moving forward. 

Conversation

Let's listen in on a conversation between Christiaan and Steve recorded after the message. 

Questions

Whether you find yourself with a group, a friend, a family member, or are by yourself, take some time to read, process, and discuss/journal through the questions below. 

  • What has been your experience with the Bible?

  • Is your Bible reading used more for you (as an individual) or conversation with others?

  • Do you consider the following questions when you read or study the Bible? 

    • Where do we see the unique personality or voice of the author coming through?

    • Where do we see particular biases, literary devices, or concerns about that specific time and place?

    • What were the cultural customs of the day?  

    • How would it have felt to be the characters in this story? What would have been “normal” to them?

  • What challenges you when you read from this viewpoint? Does it challenge any of your understanding of the Bible?

  • Describe the Bible from a 30,000-foot view.


Application
  • Memorizing a story - Take a story from the Bible. Read it, then re-tell that story in your own words. Share that with someone.

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