October 25, 2009

Alpha Talk - The Bible

Talk given at Alpha - the Bible

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Aim: to discuss briefly the following things regarding the Bible before breaking into discussion groups.

1. What is the Bible?

  • Bible can be used and abused
  • Bible in history & society.
  • Richard Dawkins & Dan Brown
  • Other claims to be the Word of God - Koran, Book of Mormon

2. How did we get the Bible? 3. How did God give us the Bible?

  • Revelation
  • Inspiration
  • Illumination

4. How to look up the Bible?

5. Why interact with the Bible?

  • The Bible helps us know God more

6. How should we interact with the Bible?

Keys to understanding the Bible ·

  • Read it
  • Inerrant
  • No explicit contradictions
  • Context matters

7. Some practical interactions with the Bible!

  • Public & private reading.
  • Memorizing
  • Meditating or thinking about it
  • Obeying it!
  • Preaching & teaching.

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