1. Why Study the Bible

1. “Why Should We Study the Bible?”

2 Tim 3.14-17, Psalm 119, other passages.

2 Tim 3 14 Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Paul is in prison, facing execution.  In preparation for his death, he has left Timothy in charge of his ministry and the churches he has started.

These churches face a maze of teachings, some based on half-understandings of the gospel, others completely false, many contradictory. Leaders and influential people in the churches have bought into these teachings, and contribute to the confusion. It is a tumultuous time.

Paul equips Timothy with several truths that can help him lead Paul’s churches safely through the maze. Read More »

Introduction: Narrative Discipleship

Narrative Discipleship is a series of lessons built on the story of the Bible.  The series is appropriate for a Sunday School class or group Bible study (or personal, individual study).

By “built on the story of the Bible,” I mean that the series centers on my adaptation of N.T. Wright’s suggestion that the Bible be read as a single story about God, what he does and what he is like.  The story has six chapters.  That’s the “narrative” in Narrative Discipleship.

What about the “discipleship”?  Discipleship is more than simply knowing the content of the Bible.  Discipleship is being shaped by the Bible, or being shaped by God through other means.

This study is discipleship because I use the story of the Bible to illuminate a biblical way of looking at the world, a biblical worldview.

A worldview is a coherent way of interpreting the world and the things that happen.  The way I summarize a worldview is by a series of questions:

  • Who is God, and what is he like?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How should we understand the world we live in?
  • What is wrong with the world we live in?
  • What is the solution to what is wrong with the world we live in?
  • Where are we headed, and how soon will we get there?

The Bible tells us the story of God, not just so we will know the story, but so that we will believe the Bible’s answers to the worldview questions, and reject other answers to those questions.

Here at NarrativeDiscipleship.com, I will post here all the materials I have, week-by-week, as I present them at Kristova crkva Kušlanova in Zagreb, Croatia.