Sunday's Reflection Questions:
Have there been things in the past about the Bible that have been confusing to you? How have you dealt with that confusion? How have people reacted to that?
Does the idea of a “Christ Centered” approach to the interpretation of scripture appeal to you? Why or why not?
If the Holy Spirit guides us to all truth, what does that mean for us as a community of faith?
This Week’s Text: John 14.1-9
Teaching Link: Words:Reveal
Downloadable group discussion sheet: .pdf
Anabaptist Core Conviction:
Jesus is the focal point of God’s revelation. We are committed to a Jesus centered approach to the Bible and to the community of faith as the primary context in which we read the Bible and discern and apply its implications for discipleship.
How would you explain this to someone who was new to the concept?
"God said it. I believe it. That settles it." Where have you seen this before? What is the problem with this approach to the Bible?
(The following questions are adapted from MennoMedia's The Naked Anabaptist Study Guide.)
Does a “Jesus-centered approach to the Bible” inevitably mean that parts of Scripture are downgraded? Why or why not?
How can Christians be resourced to discern and apply the implications of the Bible?
What practical strategies can you suggest to ensure that biblical interpretation does not get stuck but leads on to application and discipleship?
Try out the practice of “dwelling in the Word.” Choose a biblical passage and give each person a copy of it. Read the passage aloud, and then allow a period of quiet reflection. Share with another person what struck you, and listen to his reflection. Then tell the rest of the group what your reflection partner noticed (not what you noticed).
Read and discuss the questions at the top of this page.