Book of Faith
Open scripture... join the conversation
Reading through the Bible together and exploring it in conversation. It will take us 3 years to complete the journey, but you are welcome to join us for a single time, a season, or walk with us from Genesis to Revelation. The goal is to read 6 chapters each week at home and then share our impressions and questions on Sunday. If we don't get our reading done ahead of time it's no big deal. Grace abounds! Informal moderators keep the conversation rolling as we explore and discover together.
Sundays from 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
in the Conference Room on the main floor
Using 4 methods of reading (but not always in this order):
1. Devotional Reading
We begin by reading the Bible text and reflecting on its meaning. We ask questions and identify items that are unclear. We bring our unique background and experience to the Bible, and the Bible meets us where we are.
2. Historical Reading
We seek to understand the world of the Bible and locate the setting of the text. We explore who may have written the text and why. We seek to understand the particular social and cultural contexts that influenced the content and the message. We wonder who the original audience may have been. We think about how these things “translate” to our world today.
3. Literary Reading
We pay close attention to how the text is written. We notice what kind of literature it is and how this type of literature may function or may be used. We look at the characters, the story line, and the themes. We compare and contrast these with our own understanding and experience of life. In this interchange, we discover meaning.
4. Lutheran Reading
We consider the Lutheran principles that help ground our interpretation of the Bible text. We ask questions that bring those principles and unique Lutheran theological insights into conversation with the text. We discover how our Lutheran insights can ground and focus our understanding and shape our faithful response to the text.
5. What is God calling us to do?
Devotional reading; we return to where we started, but now we have explored and experienced the Bible text from four different dimensions. We are ready to move into the “for” dimension. We have opened Scripture and joined in conversation for a purpose. We consider the meaning of the text for faithful living. We wonder what God is calling us (individually and as communities of faith) to do. We consider how God’s Word is calling us to do God’s work in the world.
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