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This course looks at the Bible, what it is, how we got it, and can we trust that it is the real thing. First we explore some facts about the Bible that make it unique. Then we examine its structure and overall theme. From there, how the Bible has come to us, and finally, why we can trust that the Bible is reliable.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
|This is a short introduction of myself, the Seminary At Church curriculum, and this class.|
|Section 2: What Is The Bible?|
|This lecture gives an overview of some of the things that make the Bible unique in both secular and religious literature. It briefly outlines what the Bible is and how it originally came to be.|
This lecture provides a brief overview of the structure of the Bible and how this organization came about over the centuries.
|Section 3: The Theme Of The Bible|
This lecture provides a brief overview of the many themes that run through the Bible. That Jesus Christ is the theme of the entire Bible is emphasized and how the Old Testament points towards Him is discussed.
This lecture continues the discussion of Jesus Christ as the theme of the entire Bible. The idea that Jesus is explicitly revealed in the New Testament is discussed.
|Section 4: How We Got Our Bible|
This lecture begins to deal with how we got our Bible. Here, we discuss the first step, the Inspiration of the scriptures, or how God chose to convey His Word to us through the men the wrote the Bible.
This lecture deals with why God chose to communicate with us via the written word and the process of how God's written word was passed along to us.
|Section 5: The Reliability Of The Bible|
This lecture looks at how the early church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, determined which of the many writings available to it were to be considered as scripture.
In this lecture, we explore the reliability of the scriptures from the perspective of the transmission process. We look at the reasons why we can trust in the reliability of these ancient documents.
In this lecture we discuss how the manuscripts have been prepared and preserved. These processes give us a high degree of confidence in the reliability of the Biblical documents and that what we see today is accurate.
|Section 6: Conclusion|
A brief summary of the class and perspective on the Bible as God's inspired Word to us.
Hi. My name is Scott Metz and I am the founder and instructor for Seminary At Church, a newly designed Adult Discipleship and Education Program. I earned a Masters of Theological Studies Degree from the Anderson University School of Theology in 2009 where I was recognized for Professional Distinction In Pastoral Theology. One of the requirements for this course was the design of a practical ministry initiative, which was the genesis for this program. In 2010, a paper describing this program was under consideration for publication in the Journal of Adult Theological Education. Since then, I have continued to build on nearly 20 years experience in teaching adult theological education in the local church setting.