Welcome to our Weekly Recap! We want to equip students and parents to live out the Gospel. One way we thought we could do this better is by looking back on what we learned from Sunday and Wednesday. We also want to look ahead to next week’s teaching. This way you can prepare ahead of time and remember what God has taught us.
This Past Sunday we started our new series, “How To Read The Bible.” We discussed the all-important question, “Why Read the Bible”. Our main points were “because its God’s primary way of talking with us” and “it’s the source of truth”. When we compared the Bible as God’s way of talking to us, if we aren’t reading it then we are basically that person in the relationship that never listens; no one wants to be that guy! As we talked about the Bible as the source of truth we looked at Psalm 119. We saw how it is useful in all areas of our lives. Most importantly, each small group started a Bible Reading Plan. Be sure to encourage one another in getting in that Bible Reading Plan!
Last night we discussed “Why There Are So Many Translations.” We looked at how translations differ in how they translate word-for-word or thought-for-thought and to what degree. Here is a handy diagram of the different translations and where they fall on the spectrum. After discussing those we looked at the English language, because what use is an English translation if we don’t understand English anyway. The major points we wanted to focus on when reading through the Bible is look at the verbs that are used, are they imperative or passive? Look at what the Bible repeats, what is it trying to emphasize? Look at the connecting word (and, but, therefor, for, since, because), what thoughts are being connected together?
This Sunday we will talk about Meditation and Journaling. I encourage us to read over Psalm 1 this weekend as we prepare for our small groups. Meditation is the act of slowing down to stew over the Words of God.
Next Wednesday we will talk about cultural awareness. There is an obvious difference in the culture of the Bible and our culture today. Our aim for this message is to help our students familiarize themselves with the culture of the Bible as they read through the text so they can better understand it. We will use the example of going to a new culture, it takes a long time to understand it, but overtime you begin to as you pay attention and learn.