The Old Testament was the Bible of Jesus and his disciples. It was the foundation of the Christian Gospel narrative. It is also subjected to misunderstanding, misuse, and neglect in modern culture.
This series of lessons will address the challenge of reading the Old Testament from a Christian (post Pentecost) perspective in the 21st century. The class will look at issues like:
- The general structure and content of the O.T.
- Key passages that shape the O.T. story
- Ways in which the O.T. paves the way for the Christian Gospel
- Controversial passages and values that are a part of the O.T.
- The New Testament’s use of the Old Testament
- The stories, covenants, and laws that make up the O.T. narrative
- The apparent “contradictions” between the Old and New Testaments
- The proper use of the O.T. by Christians living in the modern world
Difficult questions will be addressed with an honest, balanced, and humble spirit as it seeks insight and wisdom that will give Christians confidence in reading the O.T. The class will be aimed at those who are growing and mature in their faith but it also hopes to be accessible to those who are new Christians or those outside the Christian faith who are interested in understanding the Old Testament. The approach will be intellectually responsible without being academic. It will be spiritually edifying without being strictly devotional. It will be theologically orthodox without being disrespectful of other views.
(01) 01_06_2019 2 Tim 2-15 The Old Testament Challenge
(02) 01_13_2019 2 Pet 3-14-18 Hints for Bible reading
(03) 01_20_2019 2 Tim 2-15 Handling the Word
(04) 01_27_2018 Heb 1-1-2 His story
(05) 02_03_2019 Gen 1 Creation
(06) 02_10_2019 Gen 2-15-18 Occasional or Normative
(07) 02_17_2019 Gen 3 Soul Sorrow
(08) 02_24_2019 Ro 1.18 Theodicy
09 03_03_2019 Gen 12-1-3 The Covenant Promise
(10) 03_10_2019 Gal 4-4-5 Under the Law
(11) 03_17_2019 1 Tim 1-8-9 Use the Law lawfully
(12) 03_24_2019 Jn 1-17 Free from the Law
(13) 03_31_2019 Heb 4-10 Sabbath Rest
(14) 04_07_2019 1 Tim 6-17-19 The Tithe
(15) 04_14_2019 Deut 30-1-3 The Promised Land
(16) 04_21_2019 1 Cor.15-50-57 Israels Hope
(17) 04_28_2019 1 Tim 2-1-3 Church and state
(18) 05_05_2019 Gal 6-10 Sociel ethics
(19) 05_12_2019 1 Cor 15-19 Faith or Works
(20) 05_19_2019 Rom 11-33 Divine Election