Theological Education – The Bible in the Life of the Church
And it was good …… is a five-session course designed for use during Lent 2012. It arose out of the Bible in the Life of the Church project details of which can be seen on the other web pages in this section. The material can be used both by groups or individuals, though it has primarily been designed for use by groups.
The themes of the five sessions are:
- The hope of something new (exploring Isaiah 11:1-9 and Mark 1:9-15)
- The place of humanity in the created order (exploring Genesis 1-2 and Jeremiah 4:11-28)
- Jesus – the centre and heart of all creation (exploring Colossians 1:9-29 and Mark 4:30-41)
- Creation blesses the Lord (exploring Psalm 104 and the Benedicite, the Song of the Three Young Men)
- Creation groans in painful hope (exploring Romans 8:12-27 and 2 Peter 3:1-13)
Each session contains:
- Bible Exploration of one or two biblical passages related to aspects of creation.
- Reflection on how our understanding can be deepened by the experiences of Anglican Christians throughout the world.
- Reading the Bible with Anglicans around the world, reflecting on what our exploration suggests about the ways other Anglicans read the Bible.
- Questions for discussion
- Sharing our insights with other Anglicans
- Closing prayer
The course will be available in two forms:
- As a booklet that can be purchased from sources in the UK, USA and Australia – details of the cost of the booklets, postage and how to order will appear on this page of the website by the end of November 2011. We will ensure the booklets reach you by the end of January 2012.
- As a downloadable resource that can be printed – free of charge – from this website. It will be produced in weekly files and be ready on this page of the website by the end of November 2011.
So that can get a taste of the course you can download the following:
- A sample of the Introduction to the Course
- A sample of the material for Week One
- A publicity flier to promote the course in your parish, diocese or province
- Here is an indication of attempts within the world-wide Anglican Communion to read and study the Bible together – as a means of enlightenment to an exciting future, beginning with this new resource for LENT 2012.