People becoming more like Jesus How we think (convictions) How we feel (character) How we act (conduct)
Who we are, what we bring Our own personalities Inclusive or exclusive Opinionated or open-minded Autocratic or democratic Team-leader or Team-member Logical or artistic Reflective or analytical
Who we are, what we bring Our own ‘culture’ & ‘world-view’ Western, educated, task orientated, successful, middle-class… Our own circumstances Married, single, employed, retired, parent, weary, excited...
A passion for Jesus and his Word is key. Seek both the truth of the passage and the experience of the Lord in his Word. This is God ’ s living Word bringing surprises and challenges to our traditional cultural assumptions. What we must bring
Living the text emotionally is important. Balance the intellectual/analytical with the experiential/reflective. What we must bring
Types of writings Poetry History Law Prophets Parables Narrative Wisdom Apocalyptic Letters ➡ Psalms, Song of Solomon, Job ➡ Genesis, Kings, Joshua, Judges, Acts ➡ Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Numbers... ➡ Isaiah, Malachi, Jonah ➡ Prodigal Son, Good Samaritan, Sower ➡ Feeding 5,000, Crucifixion ➡ Proverbs ➡ Daniel, Revelation ➡ Romans, Hebrews...
Head Engagement Heart Engagement Intelligent & Reflective Bible engagement. Warm, engaging and actively practical Reflective. Can lead to warm unfocussed unbiblical fuzziness Social gathering No Bible engagement, drinking coffee and chatting. Warm up! Analytical. Can lead to cold barren analysis