10 ways to improve Biblical Literacy

Here are some further thoughts on improving Biblical Literacy.

  1. It starts with children.  Look at your teaching programme for your Sunday School and also what you do with your midweek clubs.  We try to use a programme with our 4-11s that will take them through the whole Bible.  With our 11-16s, they are either joining in the main Sunday morning teaching programme at our 9:30 service or have their own study group that follows the same teaching as the main sermon at our 11:15 service.
  2. Encourage people to learn the books of the Bible so that they know their way around it. Talk to them about how and why it is structured the way it is. Explain about the different types of literature including narrative, poetry, prophecy.
  3. Plan in opportunities to give overviews on how the whole Bible fits together. This might include a teaching series or even special days such as “walk through the Bible” events. We have tried

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The Garden (Genesis 2: 4-25)

We now get what many scholars take to be a second and possibly contradictory creation account.[1]  By the way, I think it is unlikely that someone would just stick two contradictory accounts side by side: common sense tells me that. There are also good reasons found in the text itself for rejecting that suggestion and we will see them as we work through the passage. Continue reading

Can a Christian date a non-Christian?

This is probably one of the most challenging questions many Christians are going to face. The desire for a relationship, to be able to share your life with someone special is huge.  There is both the positive desire to meet that special someone and the negative fear of loneliness if we don’t. Continue reading

The Challenge of Biblical illiteracy

I was at a conference recently where one of the topics was to do with preaching. The speaker (like me) believed in the importance of expository preaching.  He stated that one of the challenges today is that many people sitting in our churches do not know their Bibles. This means that we are often preaching to and doing bible studies with people who are “Biblically illiterate.” Continue reading

Citizens of a better country

The status of EU citizens living in the UK is of great significance to our community in Bearwood and to the Bearwood Chapel church family.  We are a congregation made up of many different nationalities. Quite a few, especially from our Nueva Vida congregation have come here from or via EU countries. So, when Britain voted to leave the EU, this raised great anxiety among them, would they be allowed to remain here and build a life or would they one day find themselves forced to leave. Continue reading

The simplest Bible Study

Bible studies come in different shapes and sizes. Often study leaders face them with a certain level of fear and trepedation. We are not sure where to start so we do one of two things. Either we

1. Rely on a pre-prepared study in a book. Or…

2. We prepare a monologue where we talk to the group.

I want to suggest two very simple questions that we use in our home group and which mean any group can study the Bible together. Continue reading

Getting involved – being part of your local church

On Saturday evening, we spent some time talking and answering questions with our Nueva Vida Congregation about what it means to get involved and be part of Bearwood Chapel.  I thought it might be helpful to share the main points I made here: Continue reading