The Bible Series

Daniel was a stranger in a foreign land and had to learn how to adapt while staying committed to his God. How do we maintain the practices of standing up for what is right, being committed to prayer and choosing to continue worshipping our God whilst in a foreign land?  When we’re pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a STAND?  WE believe that this teaching has the potential to impact lives in a significant way – if we take a STAND for the right things at the right time in the right way. 

Introduction

Intro

Dave Smith & Andrew Ollerton

Further Thoughts:

Questions to consider:

  • We talk about the Bible being world-class literature. Do you have a favourite passage, verse or story from the Bible?
  • What are your experiences of reading  the Bible? What are some of the joys and challenges you’ve faced with it?
  • Does is surprise you that the Bible is one big story? What are the threads linking it all together?

Passages to reflect on:

Part 1

Origins & Meaning

Sim Dendy & Neil Kirkland

Further Thoughts:

Questions to consider:

  • How would you respond to the objection that we can’t take Genesis seriously because it contradicts modern science?
  • Based on the world we experience around us, what can we deduce about what God is like?
  • What might it mean to be ‘made in the image of God’? How should this affect the way we see ourselves and treat others?
  • Overall, how has the origins story in Genesis helped you make sense of life today?

Passages to reflect on:

Part 2

Exodus & Freedom

Sarah Long

Further Thoughts:

Questions to consider:

  • How does Western culture define freedom? How does the Exodus story help us rethink true freedom?
  • How has Jesus fulfilled the story of Exodus in the ultimate sense?
  • How can the story of Exodus inspire up to work for justice today?
  • Overall, how can the story of Exodus help us discover greater freedom in our lives?

Passages to reflect on:

Part 3

Exile & Peace

Trevor Bond

Further thoughts:

Questions to consider:

  • In what sense are we all living away from home, in a state of exile? How do we experience the sharp end of this in everyday realites?
  • Despite exile, Daniel shows that God’s people can ‘win away from home’. What specific practices can help us stand strong in a hostile culture?
  • Overall, how has the Bible’s story of exile and peace helped to make sense of life today?

Passages to reflect on:

Part 4

Messiah & Love

Robert Clare

Further Thoughts:

Questions to consider:

  • What are some of the main differences between the way our culture defines love and the way God’s love is revealed through Jesus?
  • The cross has become the globally recognised symbol of the Christian faith. How does this symbol of toture and execution reveal the extent of God’s love for us?
  • Overall, how has this section on the Messiah helped make sense of life?

Passages to reflect on:

Part 5

Spirit & Community

Sim Dendy & Ben Tanton

Further Thoughts:

Questions to consider:

  • Question

Passages to reflect on:

  • Bible Verse

Part 6

Hope & Home

Natasha Duke

Further Thoughts:

Questions to consider:

  • Question

Passages to reflect on:

  • Bible Verse