NextLevel Online: How to Read the Bible

Session 7: Be sensitive to genre.

Like in sports, we benefit by learning the “rules of the game.” All of the principles apply to each, but not always in the same way.



Classroom

Classroom Instructions

Lesson
Materials: Lesson Outline
Leader
  • Like in sports, we benefit by learning the “rules of the game.”

  • All of the principles apply to each, but not always in the same way.

OT Narrative

  • Let the story draw you in. Pay attention to setting, characters, and plot.

  • Remember that God is always the hero.

OT Law

  • Purpose was to create and shape a peculiar people.

  • Ultimately the laws are rooted in who God is.

  • Many particular Laws do not reflect God’s perfect will but his accommodating guidelines for people with hard hearts. (See Mark 10.3-12)

Poetry

  • Organized by parallelism, not rhyme (i.e. parallel in content, not in sound).

  • Designed to evoke emotion and to guide us in prayer.

Wisdom / Proverbs

  • Wisdom literature is designed to make you wiser by making you think.

  • Proverbs contains general truths, not divine guarantees.

  • Let other “wisdom literature” (like Job and Ecclesiastes) challenge Proverbs’ simplicity.

Prophecy

  • Be mindful of the intense, dramatic, and often figurative language

  • Just as much (if not more) about the present as the future. Prophets announce God’s judgment on sin as well as hope for divine rescue

Gospels

  • The Gospels center the church in the story of Jesus.

  • Get to know each unique portrait of Jesus while not losing sight of the whole.

  • Find yourself in each story.

Acts

  • Church continues the story of Jesus.

  • Wherever the Spirit leads, we fearlessly follow.

*Letters (Epistles) *

  • We’re reading one side of a conversation, and therefore historical context is huge.

  • The letters give us truth applied to real life situations.

*Apocalyptic *

  • Extremely high use of dramatic figurative language.

  • Blends theological and political concerns.

  • Speaks specifically to an original audience (churches in 1st Century Asia Minor).

  • The Point: Things are bad. Things are getting worse. In the end, God wins.

About NextLevel Online

The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.