Wednesday, March 21, 2012

E: 1 Timothy - General Comments

Please add below any comments on the book's Category, Key Words, Key verses, Literary Style, Emotional Tone, Main Theme(s) and Major People.

All of this should begin to help you think through the overall message of 1 Timothy.

Next week I will try to put up sections that will help to organise (y)our thoughts about the structure of 1 Timothy.

D: 1 Timothy - Political Background

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C: 1 Timothy - Cultural Background

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B: 1 Timothy - Historical Background

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A: 1 Timothy - Geographical Background

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rubbish at Bible Study 16: 1 Timothy general resources

Here are some 1 Timothy starting points.

I'll try to organise this into a format we can all feed contributions into next week, but hopefully this gives a good start:

Biblegateway IVP commentary on 1 Timothy: CLICK HERE: 

Rubbish at Bible Study 15: The Book Survey Method

The Book Survey Method:

Chapter 9 in Rick
For 'Book Survey Method' form click here

This emphasises the need to take the content of the Bible in the form it was written. Often we break letters up into short passages, soundbites or proof texts, when Paul would have written a letter to be read out loud to a church in one sitting, at least at first hearing.

This method helps us to take an overview.

Again, this will work best with 1 Timothy if we combine our ideas and contribute thoughts, sources, suggestions and insights online. 

Summary of method:

1: Number of times read:
In one sitting; recent translation; rapidly, ignoring chapters; several times; without reference to commentaries at first; prayerfully; making notes; then in different versions.
2: Notes on the book:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rubbish at Bible Study 14: The Book Background Method

As promised, here is the first of 2 new approaches. It makes sense to use this method first, so that as we start to read 1 Timothy, we already know something about its background.
After I've posted the outline of the next method, I'll list some starting point resources.
The Book Background Method: 
Chapter 8 in Rick.

To attempt to understand the backdrop of a book in its original context.

This involves investigating and understanding the history, geography, culture and politics of the time and place of writing.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Rubbish at Bible Study 13: Notes from 2 Corinthians 'Chapter Summary Method'

During our RABS session last week we suffered a power cut, and being fairly blind anyway I was happy to end the evening.

Participants made of sterner stuff however (i.e. Graham and Liz) had other ideas, and proceeded to go through their outline of 2 Corinthians 2 and 3 by candlelight, helped only when the power partially returned and sight was improved by the Marcus Hill streetlights coming back on.

I tried to keep up in the twilight and take notes of the main points of their study, using the headings from the 'Chapter Summary Method:' 

1: Caption:  
  • Reality of Christ defeats the rigidity of the law
  • Church discipline
  • The triumph of the New Covenant 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Rubbish at Bible Study 12: The next few weeks ...

The next (final) timetabled track date was going to be Thursday 22nd March, which now clashes with Simon Walker coming down for a church meeting.

Do you think that this could be Simon's subliminal admission that he too is 'Rubbish at Bible Study' and in need of support!? On the basis that this may be the case, I suggest we support him that evening rather than meet separately. I believe it may be a cry for help which we would be inconsiderate to ignore.

After our late night candlelit negotiations, we agreed to use a range of 4 methods to study 1 Timothy, and then meet for a final wrap up and review session after the Easter holidays late in April. I'll try to land a date in a Home Group week so that we don't clash with the new tracks - I've already signed up for Jesus Brito's 'Parascending behind a Tractor' track, but only as a spectator.

In the next couple of RABS posts I'll set up the 2 new methods, then I'll recommend some starting point resources on 1 Timothy, and then I'll put up a series of posts on the different aspects of the study methods so that we can help each other with starting points, ideas, resources and encouragement.

As these will be unfamiliar methods and we won't be meeting together, a teamwork approach using the RABS Blog will be much appreciated.

The 2 new methods (both in Rick's book) are 'The Book Background Method' and 'The Book Survey Method.'

This will mean we can study 1 Timothy using:
a) The Book Background Method,
b) The Book Survey Method,
c) The Devotional Method, and
d) The Chapter Summary Method

This gives us a range of approaches that start at reading section by section without reference materials, through to reading a whole book using background resources.