The Bible exists to make us wise for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (2 Tim 3:15). Therefore, the Bible is not just an historical document or religious textbook; it is a book inspired by God that is able to bring us into a relationship with Him, through Jesus. So often we find we are familiar with some of the stories, and many of us will have read some of the accounts of Jesus' life, but there is so much more to see in the Bible that we often haven't looked into. It is not always easily read cover-to-cover on your own (and many of us struggle with that) but it is perhaps best learnt when it is read and taught together. That way we can learn from those who know more, ask our questions, and discuss issues.
Biblical Foundations is a course which will take us deeper into the truths of the Bible and the Christian faith. Our hope is not only that we will become more familiar with the Bible, but that we will understand it and allow it to shape our lives. As we build our lives with the Bible as our foundation, we will find that God and Jesus seem so much more real and close to us in our everyday lives. We will also find the Holy Spirit changing us and shaping us into the likeness of Jesus.
The course will be taught over a series of three terms and last one year. Each term will be around 7 weeks long, and we will begin the autumn term by looking at the Old Testament and how Jesus is at the centre of every page of the Bible. The second term will begin in January, and we will be covering the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Our final term begins after Easter, and will cover issues of the Church, salvation, the Holy Spirit and Christian Ethics.
There are no costs, and no need to commit to the full year. Just come along and try it out. As you arrive, grab a tea or a coffee, and we'll get stuck straight in with some classroom type teaching from the front, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and discuss issues as we go along. We'll end the evening with a short prayer, or sing a hymn together.