Monday, September 12, 2011

God's Big Picture - a study beginning this Wednesday

This Wednesday I am beginning a Bible study (6:30pm for those who are interested).  It is called God's Big Picture, and is taken from a book with the same name written by Vaughan Roberts.  We have several different classes on Wednesday night, and I thought I would share some things that brought me to this study.

I felt like this subject is useful for several reasons.
  • We often lack an overall biblical framework for understanding individual stories. There are some unifying themes that make individual stories make sense. This book highlights those.
  • We tend to miss the one Big Story of the Bible. The title of the study highlights this theme.
  • Because it helps in the process of understanding, this study could serve as a catalyst for reading more Scripture. If the Bible seems to be disconnected, confusing, or lacking cohesion to us, that may serve as a disincentive to read it.
  • Being with other believers for mid-week Bible study and fellowship provides encouragement for spiritual growth.
  • Because the atmosphere is more casual, it provides an opportunity to participate in the study, and benefit form others’ insight into Scripture. 

I also jotted down a few ways I think OBC could potentially benefit from the study.
  • Better understanding of the Bible’s storyline.
  • Ability to process individual portions of the Bible in light of the whole.
  • Weekly encouragement to be regularly treasuring and digesting God’s Word.
  • Meeting some more members of the Ogletown family. 
  • Encouragement through prayerful study of God’s Word with others.