Bible 9/10

January 22
Read Galatians 3:26-4:7 and pray
write a chapel response for last Friday when Pastor Shawn was here to talk about our Christian identity - Who we are in Christ.

Act 3B:  Redemption Complicated
    The Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7).  Read the covenant and discuss who the parties to the agreement were, what promises were made.  Compare and contrast with the earlier covenants that we have looked at.

January 19
Read Genesis 12:1-3 and pray
review Creation covenant and the Noahic covenant from last time

Act 3A:  Redemption Initiated
    The Abrahamic covenant
        Five promises
            1.  Nationhood
            2.  Relationship - protection
            3.  Seed - very numerous
            4.  Land
            5.  blessing to others

    The Mosaic covenant
        God brought the people out of slavery in Egypt (exodus).
        Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai
        People were asked to obey these
January 17
reflect on chapel - read Matthew 28:16-20 (Great Commission) and pray
Write a chapel response on missions, the mission in Uganda or the school trip or whatever you would like to comment on

Act 3:  Promise of Restoration, Israel's mission
    There are six main covenants we will look at
        1..Creation covenant
        2.  Noahic covenant (Gen. 9:8-17)
        3.  Abrahamic covenant (Gen. 12:1-3)
        4.  Mosaic (or Sinaitic) covenant (Ex. 6:1-8;  19)
        5.  Davidic covenant (2 Sam. 7:8-13)
        6.  New covenant (Jer. 31; Heb. 10:11-14)
For today, make notes on the first three covenants.  Who is in the agreement, what are the promises, expectations..?

January 15
Read parts of the flood story (Gen. 6-9) and discuss.  Pray
write a response or summary of the flood story.

January 12
Read Genesis 4 (Cain and Abel) and pray
work on position paper
Notes for Creation chapter and the position paper due today

January 10
Read Genesis 3 and pray
Begin Act 2 of God's Big Story - The Fall
    1.  Who was the serpent?
    2.  What was the nature of the temptation? -regarding the knowledge of good and evil
    3.  What was the nature of sin?
            -act of unbelief
            -desire for autonomy
            -act of irresponsibility
            -act of rebellion
    4.  What were the consequences of sin?
            -for the serpent
            -for the woman
            -for the man

January 8
Read Mark 3:20-29 and pray
work on position paper on creation - minimum of 1 page or 250 words.
due Friday, January 12.  Notes for this chapter also due this week.

January 5
Read Genesis 1:26-31 and pray
continue the notes on creation
    -the creation account establishes humans as the climax of creation
    -the creation account gives meaning to humanity's mission
    -the creation account gives meaning to sexuality

January 3
Begin with Psalm 8 and pray together
Notes on Creation
    -the creation account showcases God's glory
        -Gen. 1 - Elohim - great creator
        -Gen. 2 - Yahweh - the Lord God
    -the creation account establishes order
    -the creation account confronts paganism in that:
        -there is one God, not many
        -the universe had a divine origin
        -creation is perfect
        -creation resulted from God speaking
        -God is spirit
        -God organized creation in a structured and orderly way
        -humanity has a special place - made in image of God
        -God rests

December 13
Practice for Christmas program.

December 11
Read Mark 1:1-8 with commentary.  Pray.
Read Genesis 2 and contrast with chapter 1 on creation.

December 8
Read 2 Peter 3:8-15 with commentary.  Pray.
Finish the overview of God's Big Story.  Review the first three acts and then discuss the last three acts.  
For Genesis 1, summarize what happened on each day of creation.

December 6
Read Isaiah 40:1-11 with short commentary.  Pray.
Introduce the new chapter:  The Bible:  God's Big Story, Part 1.  Chart was on board.  Paper copy available at school.

December 4
introduce Advent.  Read Isaiah 64:1-9 with commentary and pray.
read the conclusion of the last chapter from the book and discuss the writing assignment.  Finish and hand in the assignment from Friday.
Notes and journal entries for this chapter are due on Wednesday.  Notes also included the 'extent of God's authority' from the end of last chapter since we did not finish that before the end of term.

December 1
Write a chapter summary for the chapter we just finished - What the Bible says about God.
    -attributes of God (10)
    -nature of God (3)
    -God as Trinity
Write at least one good paragraph for each of the three topics and then a personal response to the chapter in a final paragraph

November 29
Read John 5:26 and pray.
correct the work from last class.

God is Trinity.
    One God - Deuteronomy 6:4
        Ephesians 4:4-6
    Three persons of Trinity
        2 Corinthians 13:14
        Matthew 28:19-20
        1 Peter 1:1-2
        Hebrews 9:14

November 24
Read Romans 11:33-36.  What does it tell us about God?  Pray 

Who God reveals himself to be.  Read the Scriptures for what they tell us about the nature of God.
    1.  John 5:26
        Acts 17:24-25
        Colossians 1:16-17
    2.  John 4:24
        John 1:18
        Exodus 20:4
    3.  Genesis 1-3 (3 chapters)

November 22
Read Number 23:19 and Pray
correct the work from last class.

Journal - What kind of God do you believe in?  Refer to at least 3 of the attributes from the above list.

November 20
discuss the attributes of God that were assigned on Friday.
Continue the list.  Look up each passage and identify an attribute of God
        7.  Malachi 3:6
        8.  Psalm 104:24
        9.  Deuteronomy 32:4
        10.  I John 4:8-10
        11.  Psalm 103:8

November 17
Begin chapter 4 - What the Bible says about God
    Attributes of God - look up these Scriptures and identify the attributes
        1. Exodus 15:11
        2. Habakkuk 1:13
        3.  Psalm 90:2
        4.  Isaiah 46: 8-11
        5.  Jeremiah 32:17
        6.  Psalm 139:7-10

November 15
Read Psalms 66 and reflect on what God has done and is doing.  Pray
Write in journals 
        -respond to chapel and/or remembrance day service
        -respond to our section on the extent of God's authority.  Choose at least 2 of the 8 things we talked about and discuss them

We also talked about the Christmas program.  We need one more person who could be an offstage voice for angels.  Still room for more people to volunteer to participate on or off stage.

November 10
Read Romans 13:1-7 and pray.

God has authority 
    6.  Over our emotions
            Luke 10:27 
            Matthew 5:44
    7.  Over knowledge  - God is greater than scientific knowledge
    8.  Over governments
            Romans 13:1-7
            Acts 5:29 - the one time to disobey our government is...
            Psalm 2:1-6

November 8
Read John 14:25-27 and focus on the peace that Jesus gives us.  Pray
Continue on the extent of God's authority.  Read the Scriptures and comment
    3.  over culture
            Numbers 33:50-56  How Israel related to the culture of Canaan
            I Corinthians 10
    4.  Over entertainment
            Phil. 4:8 focus on what is true and noble and good.  Filter out what is not true
    5.  Over our senses
            I John 1:1-3

November 6
Read Psalm 34 and think about what it means to seek peace and pursue it.  Pray
Reflect on chapel from Friday when Mr.  Roszmann spoke about 'first impressions'.  He referred to Prov. 20:5 and John 7:24.  Write a chapel response in your journal.

How far does God's authority extend?
    1.  God has authority over the limits of reason.  God asked people to do things that made no sense to them.  Look at Abraham as an example when God asked him to sacrifice his only son in Genesis 22:1-19.
    2.  God has authority over our understanding of reality.  There is an unseen world, a spiritual world.  Look at these Scriptures as examples:  2 Corinthians 4:18; Ephesians 6:12 and 2 Kings 6:17.

November 1 
Read Romans 1:16-17 in honour of Reformation Day.  Pray
discuss last objection
    3.  There are books left out.
        The criteria used to determine what belongs in the Biblical canon
            -apostolicity - written by an apostle or someone with close connections
            -orthodoxy - does it line up with the rest of the Bible
            -pedigree - was it accepted widely and early in the church

Summative assignment - write a summary of this chapter.  One paragraph for each of the main sections: internal evidence, external evidence, answering objections.  That would be a minimum of three paragraphs plus a concluding paragraph where you answer the title of the chapter (Does the Bible have authority?) and give a personal response. What did you agree or disagree with?  What was meaningful?

October 30
Read Luke 10:25-37 about loving God and neighbour.  Pray.
Continue on answering objections
    2.  The Bible has been corrupted
            -textual variants like spelling, grammar, punctuation changes over the generations
                - translation - changes in meaning?
        Read Romans 1:1-5; 15:8-9; and 16:25-27 - Jesus was consistent with the Old Testament, the prophets, the patriarchs so nothing got corrupted by the time Paul wrote the book of Romans.

In your journal, answer this objection and reflect on the chapel from Friday

October 27
Read Psalm 22 and pray.
Answering objections (Does the Bible have Authority?)
    1.  The Bible was written by human beings
        2 Peter 1:20-21 and 2 Timothy 3:14-17.  
        The Bible has many fulfilled prophecies like Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22

Read the Scriptures and use them to write an answer to this first objection in your journal.

October 25
read Isaiah 52:13- 53:12 - the suffering servant.  Pray
Many students away because of the snow so not much new stuff.  Do a journal entry on a topic of choice.  Use as a catchup day for those who need it.

October 23
Read Ephesians 6:10-18 about spiritual warfare and the armour of God.  Pray
External evidence for the authority of the Bible - discuss and make notes
Journal - respond to the evidence for the authority of the Bible and whatever else you would like to write about.

October 18
Read Matthew 16:17-20 and pray
continue on internal evidence for the Bible's authority
    3.  Jesus confers authority to his disciples.  Read the Scriptures to find what it says about this
            Matthew 10:1
            John 14:25-26
                    15: 26-27
                    16: 12-15
Matthew 28:16-20

October 16
open with Ecclesiastes 5:8-20 as a follow-up for the morning talk by Jason Sheppard.  Pray
Chapel response for either Friday or this morning in your journal
    What is your measure of success?
        read these Scriptures (were read by Jason) 
            Matthew 6:19-21; John 6:38; Philippians 1:21; and 2 Timothy 4:6-8
            What is your measure of success for today, for this course, for this year, for life in general

Continue on internal evidence for the Bible's authority
    2.  Jesus trusted the Bible's authority
            -Jesus consistently refers to the Old Testament as the present and eternal truth of God
            -Jesus always assumes that Scripture is the final authority (John 10:34-36)
            -Jesus always assumes that Old Testament prophecies must be fulfilled (Matthew 5:17)
            -Jesus always treats the miraculous events of the Old Testament as if they occurred exactly as written
            -Jesus leans on the Old Testament in his personal anguish (Matthew 4:1-10)

October 13
 open with Matthew 28:16-20 and pray together
    Write a chapel response in journal - Rocky & Karen were here to talk about Guatemala and their ministry there
Internal evidence for the Bible's authority
    1.  Jesus asserted authority
            Read these Scriptures and explain how Jesus asserted authority
                a.  Matthew 7:28-29
                b.  Mark 2:8-12

October 6
    open with 2 Cor. 2:14-16 on thanksgiving and pray
    return tests and discuss
    Begin chapter 3 - Does the Bible have authority?
        read story of Tim McVeigh and intro
        Read the following scriptures and explain what they say about authority
            1. Romans 14:10-12
            2.  Philippians 2:9-11
            3.  Matthew 22:37
            4.  Romans 12:2
What does it mean to love God with all your mind?

October 4 - Thanksgiving
    read Psalm 95 and pray
    also read Psalm 100, Phil. 4:4-8 and I Thess. 5:16-18
    summarize what each passage has to say about thanksgiving
    write or draw a personal response - what are you thankful for?  Explain

October 2
    read Philippians 2:1-11 and pray
    write out the Bible memory verse (2 Tim 2:15)
    test on chapter 2 - what the Bible is and isn't
    hand in notes 
    write in journal - general reflection on the month of September

September 29
    open with Psalm 25 and pray
    Bible memory is due - 2 Timothy 2:15
    discuss truth - objective and subjective, relativism
    Is the Bible true?  Read the Scriptures to see what they say about the truth of the Bible
        Hebrews 6:18
        John 17:17
        John 16:13
        John 1:14
        John 14:6
        Acts 17:11
        I Peter 3:15
        2 Corinthians 10:3-5

September 27
    read Romans 13:1-7
    discuss 'meet you at the pole' that we did as a school this morning.  write a journal response - what did we do? why? was it meaningful?  Should we continue to do it in future?  Suggestions for improvement?

September 25
    read Jonah 3:10-4:11 - God is gracious.  Pray
Is the Bible a set of instructions?  It is much more than that.  The Bible is about God and what he has done, is doing, and will do in the world and for all eternity...
    correct worksheet on revelation - General and special revelation of God
    notes on the Bible as Word of God
        1. The Bible is rooted in history and has been accurately transmitted
        2.  The Bible is inspired by God
        3.  the Bible is inerrant - no mistakes

September 22
    worksheet on 'revelation'
    write a response in your journal

September 20
    devotions - 2 Cor. 10:3-5 and pray
    correct the work from last time on benefits of studying the Bible.  Read the five Scriptures 
    journal writing including the benefits of studying the Bible for you personally

September 18
    devotions - John 20:30-31 and prayer
    hand in the assignment on the book of Esther
    First entry in student journals
    Start chapter 2  - What the Bible is and isn't.
        1.  Why should we study the Bible?
            a. The Bible is part of world literature
            b.  The Bible changed western civilization
            c.  Knowledge of the Bible is the mark of an educated person
            d.  Knowledge of the Bible is the mark of a moral person
        2.  Benefits of studying the Bible.  Read to find answers
            a.  Psalm 119
            b.  Gal. 5:22-23
            c.  2 Cor. 3:17-4:2
            d.  Prov. 3:5-6
            e.  2 Cor. 10:3-5


September 15
    Devotions - read Psalm 103 and pray together
    Review story of Esther orally
    finish summary - should include something about Vashti, Xerxes, Esther, Mordecai, Haman
    What can we learn and apply to our lives?  Add a paragraph to the summary regarding applications

September 13
    Read the story of Esther from the Bible and write a brief summary.