Adult Education

Anyone, no matter their age, can deepen and nurture their faith.
We invite you to join us!

Sundays, October 17-November 21, at 9:00 am
Ryan Schumacher leads an all new Bible Geeks.

In-person or online (passcode in the Thursday email)

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The Old Testament and Today’s Church

Reading the Old Testament can sometimes produce profound anxiety in 21st-century Christians. Why does God seem so angry sometimes? Why did God inspire the writers to record stories about all these kings long gone? Why are there all of these laws about food and clothing that seem to have little relevance today?

Though God inspired the Bible for all believers, we must also recognize that it was written by human authors thousands of years ago. Bible Geeks will explore how we can grasp the message of the Old Testament by studying the ancient context from which it comes. We will address the theology of the Old Testament as it pertains to the nature of God, humanity, the Temple, laws, sin, evil, and salvation—and how we, as Christians with the New Testament revelation, should incorporate these ideas into our lives.

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Bible Geeks | Handouts & Recordings of Past Sessions

This season of Bible Geeks will be focused on the topic of Old Testament Theology. As we are going through the New City Catechism this year, we are beginning with foundational questions of our faith rooted in the Old Testament Scriptures. Yet these were written to a people and a culture far different from ours…and it had a meaning to them at the time, which means it has to make sense in their cultural context. How can we, as 21st century people, understand what God revealed in the Old Testament – such as things about food, clothing, prophecy, sin, salvation, etc.? In Bible Geeks this year, we will attempt to bridge the context from the Ancient Near East to the 21st Century United States and see what we, as modern Christians, can take away from God’s revelation in the Old Testament.

The schedule will be as follows:
10/17 – Who is the God of the Old Testament? 
10/24 – What is the purpose of humanity and the cosmos?
10/31 – What is the Old Testament’s theology of covenant and the kingdom of God?
11/7 –  What is the role of the Temple and the Law?
11/14 – How does the Old Testament understand sin and evil?
11/21 – What is the Old Testament’s view of salvation and the afterlife?

For those interested in getting deeper into the material, the main inspiration for this class is John Walton’s book Old Testament Theology for Christians. You are not required to read the book to attend the class, but if you find the subject matter interesting, this would be a terrific supplement for the class.

Ryan Schumacher, Bible Geeks leader, records content for each week for his YouTube channel, separate from the Adult Ed class. You may view those recordings anytime here at Bible Geeks on YouTube.

WATCH RECORDING OF SESSION

A note from Ryan:
There were two questions in particular that deserved a better follow-up than I was able to give in the class today. This afternoon, I recorded quick answers to those particular questions and have posted them as supplemental videos below. 

Week 1 Pre-Recorded Video: Here. Class slides can be found here.
 
Question 1 – Is the Spirit of God in Genesis 1:2 the Holy Spirit? I had made the point that we shouldn’t read Trinitarian theology into Genesis 1:26 (“Let us make humankind in our image), and that this was more likely to be divine council language given the ANE context. There was a question about how to understand “The Spirit of God” in Genesis 1:2 – how would we read this if it’s not Trinitarian? I did a little more research on that and have posted a more detailed answer here
 
Question 2 – Did Jesus Say There Are Other Gods? We got into a discussion that I didn’t adequately finish today about what it meant for Jesus to quote Psalm 82 (I said “you are gods, sons of the most high”) when he was defending his divinity. On its face, it sounds like Jesus is saying that it’s no big deal for Him to call Himself God because there were lots of other gods. As I said in class today, I don’t think that’s the proper reading, but I didn’t give a complete answer as to why. Here’s the full response to that question. 

Next week, we’ll cover the Old Testament Theology of creation, and get into what the ancient understanding of the Image of God is. I look forward to seeing you all again!

Handouts and recording of the session can be found here following the class.

Zoom link to attend the class can be found in the blue box above.

Handouts and recording of the session can be found here following the class.

Zoom link to attend the class can be found in the blue box above.

Handouts and recording of the session can be found here following the class.

Zoom link to attend the class can be found in the blue box above.

Handouts and recording of the session can be found here following the class.

Zoom link to attend the class can be found in the blue box above.

Handouts and recording of the session can be found here following the class.

Zoom link to attend the class can be found in the blue box above.

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