How many books of the Bible can you (without any preparation) explain to another person?
We’re talking about staying in the context, verse-by-verse, giving attention to each section, transition, and segue?
I’ve asked a lot of people that have been in church for years and they will honestly answer, “None…well, maybe one.”
In our most recent Hermeneutics Class we enjoyed examining Paul’s letter to the Colossians.
Verses like Colossians 1:24 popped out at us:
“I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body”
What does that mean?
Not long ago, a man sat across from me at a local coffee shop and used that verse to support the view that Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross wasn’t sufficient for our salvation—and what the apostle Paul is saying here is, that he, is filling in the deficiency.
Is that what Verse 24 means?
The context doesn’t support that—and I told him so. I encouraged him to look at the 23 verses that came before verse 24, and the verses after, before he continues going around claiming that this was Paul’s teaching. “I think the last thing that you want to do is misrepresent what God was saying through Paul… “
So that is our goal, to clearly understand what the Bible is saying.
Our group also became interested in certain words and phrases that we came across in Colossians:
- basic principles of the world
- principalities and powers
- the handwriting of requirements
We examined each one for clarity. What was Paul saying to his original audience? And now, saying to us?
We also discussed:
- The structure of the letter
- The problems that ‘Study Bibles’ present
- The benefit that ‘Study Bibles’ offer
- And, Onesimus…wow!
Of course there was so much more. We all had a grand time.
You should know that the ages of our group ranged from 12 years old to 63 years of age. Everyone was thoroughly involved and invested in the class.
And now, we would like to invite you to join us.
Orientation for our next class starts on June 6th.
If you’re interested, plan on coming to the orientation and see if this interests you—you are under no obligation to join the class.
Just come and see if this is something that you would like to be involved in.
- Cost: No cost at all.
- Date: June 6th @ 6:00
- Place: Fellowship Hall/Saint Peter Presbyterian Church —646 Hwy 126 Bristol TN 37620
For more information you can contact me through our website:
Just one other thing: Snacks
Our group realized that this adventure in understanding the Bible really gives you the munchies.
So the coffee will be ready and the sweets and savories will be set out when you get here.
And, no, the Bible isn’t hard to understand. God’s Word was meant to be clearly understood. We hope that you will be able to join us as we continue to learn together.