Many thanks to all those who attended the TTS Scripture session on Sunday! Many thanks, too, to Matthew Henry Evangelical Church for providing us with such lovely hospitality. It was lovely to see so many faces, both familiar and new.
We were looking at the subject of 'Apologetics'. No, that doesn't mean saying sorry for everything. It comes from a word used in the Greek New Testament, apologia - the same word used in 1 Pet 3:15, when Peter tells us to "always be ready to give an account of the hope that is within you". That word 'account' is also translated as 'defence' or 'answer'.
Many theologians throughout history have also engaged in apologetics, but in some circles it's developed a reputation for being primarily 'adversarial'. A bit like challenging non-Christians to an intellectual game of chess. Whilst this is undoubtedly important (and praise God that he raises up men and women who can do this!), it doesn't capture the heart of apologetics, Biblically speaking.
Apologetics is about knowing the times and seasons, and being able to give an account of the faith. Sometimes this means responding to objections. Sometimes this simply means giving your testimony. At other times, it means answering a sincere question from a friend, family member, or colleague. Either way, we must be like Paul at the Areopagus (in Acts 17) - becoming all things, for all people, so that by all means we might save some.
At our session on Sunday, we spent half our time detailing how British society has changed and exploring the Biblical mandate to 'be ready'. The rest of our time was then given to watching three videos, each illustrating a different generational response to the Christian message. Whilst this time was primarily discussion-based, you'll still hopefully be able to gain something from the notes, which I've provided below alongside the videos played.
Many thanks to all those who attended last night's one-off TTS Scripture session. It was lovely to see so many faces, some familiar, some new!
Our remit was to establish everyday principles for better Bible reading - the fancy word for that is 'Biblical exegesis'. A quotation from Eugene Peterson's book, Living the Message, provided our foundation:
Exegesis as an act of love - as stemming from our delighting in (and savouring) the Word made flesh. From here, we briefly observed how Scripture describes itself, before establishing some of the challenges facing us both before and during Biblical study.
Using what is perhaps the most familiar Bible verse of all - John 3:16 - we did some exegesis for ourselves, getting 'hands on' with John's Gospel, all the while detailing seven exegetical principles:
Some of these might be obvious, some less so. Ultimately, however, we want to handle the Bible well primarily because, with the Psalmist, we would say, "How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts..." [Ps 84:1ff].
You can download the notes below. There's much more in them than I was able to deliver last night. I've included, for example, a list of helpful resources which will hopefully prove helpful. I've also embedded here a few videos cited in the notes, to give you a 'head-start'!
We're really excited to be working with City Church Chester to host our first TTS 'Scripture' session, on Sun 17th March!
We'll be looking at everyday principles for helping you to read + share the Bible. (The fancy word is 'exegesis'!) The session will be really practical and really hands-on. You don't have to have attended any other TTS session to come along, so all are welcome.
We'll be meeting on Sun 17th March at City Church.
Arrive from 4.15pm to begin at 4.30pm.
(P.S. To Church people - please do feel free to share this video at Church, or to include this flyer in your notices!)
Theo led our Scripture session on Sunday night, handling 2 Timothy 3:10-17. He showed us that Paul isn't just deconstructing that which is bad or to be avoided, but is positively exhorting Timothy to do good, learning from his own Godly example.
We're really grateful to Theo for leading us so well, and we're going to get him back to cover the rest of the passage soon. In the meantime, you can find his notes below!
Fiona led our Scripture session on Sunday, covering 2 Tim 3:1-9 - Paul's description of the Jannes & Jambres 'type' of false teacher, those who possess the form of godliness but deny its power.
What does that power look like?
How do we negotiate passages such as this?
How do we responsibly apply them?
Ultimately, Fiona had us see the power of godliness in the power of the Cross - the cruciform life of the Christian, taking up their cross.
Find notes below, a summary of the evening's discussion!
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