A Rough Guide to Handling the Bible - based on the Gospels
Adult and Student / 2009 Week 1
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Where am I?
Making sense of any part of the Bible involves working out where it fits in God’s big Bible story. How do I do that?
What am I doing here and who am I anyway?
All books of the Bible have a particular purpose. Each part of each book has a purpose too. How do I work that out? And what is my part in that purpose?
What have I got myself into?
Different parts of the Bible contain different types of literature. That is especially true of the Gospels. How can I learn to read and understand narrative, parable, straight instruction, signs and wonders?
If I don' work out how God wants me to apply what I am reading it is little less than an academic exercise. So how do I work out what it means for me?