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Section 1: Introduction
We know that your time is valuable. So we promise to make your time with us productive and enjoyable.
Our goal is to teach you to read the Bible more effectively. You are certainly capable of reading and understanding this great book, but if you are like most people you are occasionally:
- or overwhelmed by the task at hand
We assume that you believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that you believe you can benefit in some way from understanding its message. We share that belief with you. But we also assume that since you are attending, that you desire help in furthering your understanding of the Bible while avoiding the many roadblocks which hinder progress. We think we can provide you with keys and tips in doing so.
Why are we giving this seminar?
- We're hoping God is pleased that we are attempting to build respect and familiarity with His Word.
- We're hoping that we are fulfilling our responsibility to share what we have learned with others.
- We are concerned for your salvation as well, but rest assured, we do not believe it is our place or role to attempt to convert you to our way of thinking in this seminar.
- We are committed to helping you discover the Bible message for yourself.
If we come to agreement on matters, all the better. If not, your conscience and ours must be satisfied independently. For this reason, we will avoid a debate of doctrine during class time, and stick to our promise of helping you read the Bible more effectively!
A BEGINNING (BUT CRITICAL) TIP:
Look for Bible "echoes".
Ask: What does this remind me of?
Consider this example of when the Pharisees and Herodians attempted to catch Jesus in his words, so they could arrest him. They asked,
"Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? Shall we give or not give?" (Mark 12:13-17)
Jesus recognized their treachery and asked for a penny. He asked
"Whose is this image and superscription?"
They reply, "Caesar", to which Christ responds,
"Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."
Fair enough. Pay your taxes because they belong to man's system of things, is the clear answer. But what are the things we ought to render to God?
Look for Bible "echoes"
Remember Genesis 1:27.
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;"
Whose image and superscription are we? Jesus' full message is not merely to pay your taxes, but also that we belong to God and must render to Him His due by reflecting His image and character correctly (This is known as "manifestation").
This is not a mysterious connection. It is merely an association gained by careful reading.