Shaped by the Word

In the first few centuries the church took the task of evangelising and initiating people into the Christian faith very seriously. In some cases the process lasted up to three years, culminating in baptism.

Whilst in our own setting we may not want to delay baptism for that long, we do also want to take seriously our charge to make disciples. Hence, we are seeking to develop at Millmead something akin to a catechumate: namely a year-round programme of instruction and mentoring in the Christian faith, in which we seek to make connections between faith, worship, work and everyday life.

Shaped by the Word has spent a number of years running biblical study courses looking at both the Old and New Testaments using material from the London School of Theology. Since September of 2012, however, the Church has offered something new in the form of an introductory course to the world of biblical hermeneutics. Biblical hermeneutics is about how we interpret the Bible and its different kinds of writing seeking to understand what the Bible means for us today. The course will look at all the major literary genres in the Bible while also addressing many of the major challenges that face the modern biblical interpreter. The material for this course has been adapted from material produced by Spurgeon’s College, London.

Here is the Programme for the Spring Term 2014 – Wednesdays, beginning at 7.45pm in the Lounge:

22 Jan Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics
29 Jan Reading Biblical Stories
5 Feb Reading Biblical Letters
12 Feb Reading Biblical Poetry
19 Feb Reading Biblical Wisdom
26 Feb Break
5 Mar Reading Biblical Prophecy
12 Mar  Reading Biblical Apocalyptic Writings
19 Mar Reading Biblical Law
26 Mar Understanding the Relationship between the OT and the NT
2 Apr Understanding Biblical Authority and Using the Bible Contextually
Enrolment forms are available at the Welcome Desk , and must be handed in by Sunday January 12th 2014. If you would like to know more then please contact Rob May or the Church Office.  There will be a charge of £35 for materials. You will receive a folder with printed information and a book.


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