A friend of a friend was interested in studying the Bible to learn what it’s about. As I reviewed two potential introductory Bible studies to go through, I realized I disliked each of them for different reasons. The first one was too focused on personal salvation (the typical start – create the problem of sin and resolve it with forgiveness), a method I think is ineffective and narcissistic. The second one began by trying to demonstrate the authority of Scripture with… Scripture itself! (And used the typical evangelical debasement of 1 Timothy 3:16) I decided this just wouldn’t do. So I’m going to post here the verses I’ve pulled for each week.
Week 1 – Who is Jesus?
Genesis 1 (God created the Universe)
John 1:1-18 (Jesus is this creator God – logos – incarnate in the flesh)
Colossians 1:15-20 (All things are created through Jesus and for Jesus)
Mark 1:14-15 (Jesus came to declare, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!”)