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What is the Bible? Part Two - 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 Two

The Bible has eternal relevance. At the same time, it has historical particularity. Yes, the Bible is God's Word. Still, God chose to speak His Word through human authors with different personalities, backgrounds, and life experiences to communicate His message to humanity. Through that tension, we invite you to join Becky Fitch and CF Church Online as we continue to learn how to read and study Scripture while answering the question, What is the Bible? Becky'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 Becky 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. 

  • Describe a time when your words were misinterpreted. Or describe a time when you took someone's words out of context. What was the result of this misunderstanding?

  • Think about how you read the Bible. What filters or lenses usually come into play while you are reading or looking for an application?

  • Can you think of a time when you've seen a Bible verse taken out of context? What did that look like?

  • Select a story from the Bible. Take time to unpack:

    • What time period did the story take place?

    • What happened before the story? What happened after?

    • Who is the author of the story?

    • Who are the main characters?

    • Who do you relate to and why?

    • How could this passage of scripture apply to you?

  • What are some questions you have about the Bible?

  • What is the goal of studying scripture?


Application

  • Ignatian Contemplation or Imaginative Prayer

    The Ignatian Contemplation spiritual exercise was developed by Ignatius of Loyola in the 1,500s and is simply prayer with Scripture. It is encountering God through story. The prayer develops as you “live into” a Scripture story with all your senses and imagination. Ignatius developed this exercise to help people come to know Jesus better through imaginative interaction with Scripture. This prayer involves reading a passage from scripture using different lenses and filters as you read.

    This week, regardless of whether you practice this exercise alone or with others, we encourage you to try this exercise.

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