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What is the Bible? Part Three - 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 Three

When it comes to a book written over 2-3,000 years ago, how are we supposed to interpret its meaning for us today? Especially knowing that interpretation can cause confusion and controversy! Which interpretation is right? Which is true? Are they all true? Can they all be true? Should there even be a truth? Week 3 of our series, What is the Bible? with Clint Rutledge and CF Church Online asks the question: How do we properly interpret the Bible?


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


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 situation, circumstance, and/or experience shapes the lens through which you interpret scripture?

  • Read Matthew 8:23-27 three times slowly. Think through the following questions. Then compare your thoughts with someone.

    • What does this situation tell you about Christ?

    • Who do you most identify with? Why?

    • What is happening in this story?

    • Where are they?

    • When is this happening?

    • Why is this story being told?

    • What is a transforming lesson for you in this story?

  • Share when you experienced a storm in your life and Jesus met you in the middle of that storm.

  • Lectio Divina
    Lectio Divina, in Latin, means Divine Reading. This style of reading Scripture focuses on four techniques meant to engage more than just our analytical minds allowing us a space to read and experience the words. 

    This week, regardless of whether you practice this exercise alone or with others, we encourage you to try this exercise. Click here to view written instructions. 

  • Practical ways to interpret the Bible
    The 4 C's of interpretation… Christ, Context, Community, & Contemplation. Click here to learn more.


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