Christianity claims that the Bible is a reliable witness to God’s words and actions in history and that He acted and spoke definitively in Christ. More than this, God still acts and speaks to us through the Scriptures. But to anyone not growing up in a Christian or religious setting, and even then, these claims can seem unreasonable and based in fantasy. What does the Bible actually claim and why should we trust that it is a reliable witness? And if it is reliable, how do we go about understanding the Bible as God’s Word for us today? The Academy will explore the depth and breadth of the biblical witness and equip us to become more responsible and engaged readers of the Bible!
Did you know that the Bible says that God’s Word is alive and active right now!? And that it is Powerful, Beautiful and Good? This 1st session will introduce Academy’s 2 Year Track and challenge our very assumptions about the nature of God’s Word and everything we THINK we know about how this world works!
Stories our culture tells us are EVERYWHERE. Billboards, social media, Netflix, even the architecture of your local mall tells a story. These stories subtly but powerfully shape our identities and values. They can influence what we believe without us even being aware of it! Becoming mindful of the stories we are being told is the first step to thoughtfully evaluating them. This session will overview some of the popular stories we are faced with in our culture and why they’re so tempting to believe. How do we go about uncovering some of the hidden assumptions behind these stories and how do they stand up to God’s Big Story as told in the Bible?
Why should we believe in a story about a virgin-born messiah who rose from the dead? Why trust that the Bible is a reliable account of what God said and did in history? And why should we trust that it is still God’s Word for us today? This blitz will explore these questions as we trace how Scripture became Scripture and why its reasonable to believe it still has transforming power today!
Having rooted our Fall in a Theology of the Power, Beauty and Goodness of God’s Word, this workshop aims to give hands and feet to our convictions. Academy students will review their leadership goals and commitments for the year. Others interested in putting what they believe into practice through individual education plans are encouraged to attend. We will focus on habits that form us through the disciplines that root us in God’s Word.
If the Biblical text had an original audience, how do we interpret it for us now, several thousand years later? This session focuses on the question of hermeneutics, the proper interpretation of ancient texts for today so we can hear God’s Words to and for us now.
The Bible was written by multiple authors in 3 languages over the span of at least 1,000 years on the other side of the planet 2,000+ years ago! How do we begin to bridge the gap between us and the Bible so we can read it well, confident that we understand what the original authors (and the Holy Spirit!) intended? This session seeks to help bridge this gap with a focus on genre identification and practical tools in the aid of Bible reading.
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible tells one BIG story of God’s words and actions that form a new Family for mission in the world. How do we use this framework to help us interpret the particulars of any given biblical text? And how do we understand the influence of any given text on the larger story?
That’s right! We’re exploring the main movements of the Bible both chronologically and theologically in order to give participants a deeper understand of the big picture of God’s Big Story! This workshop will focus on key people, events and narrative that communicate’s God’s plan and purpose to people of every time and place.