Biblical Training Center

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Looking Back: Seven Crucial Practices for Effective Bible Study, Don Den Hartog, Room 2-2 a/b

Saturday, May 21, 8:30 - 11:30 AM

No one can rightly say that they have exhausted the study of the Bible. Throughout the centuries, even with all our commentaries, Bible study guides, sermons, classes, etc., we have hardly scratched the surface! Most believers certainly agree. There is always more to learn.
Over the past 50 years, Don Den Hartog has been teaching the Bible in a variety of contexts. Small groups, one-on-one discipleship, classrooms, seminars, retreats, and sermons have all been venues for sharing God's Word with others. He's learned a thing or two about effective Bible study. Sometimes he learned approaches to biblical study that have resulted in changes of his own understanding of biblical passages. And he continues to be open to even more changes as he hones his Bible study skills.
In this seminar, Don will share seven key principles of Bible study. Looking back over the past decades of his life and ministry, these seven stand out, at least in his mind and experience. He sees them as crucial to accurate Bible study and interpretation. No doubt many of you are already practicing these principles or at least some of them. This seminar is designed to instruct and encourage those who desire to continue to sharpen their study habits and skills of God's Word.
Each participant in the seminar will receive a notebook with handouts for notetaking along with listings of recommended resources that can be pursued later. The seminar will last approximately 2 1/2 hours, including a break at "half-time."  
We hope you join us for a morning of examining these principles. May the truth of 2 Timothy 2:15 be our continual pursuit, "…handling accurately the Word of truth."

A Spoonful of Sugar:  Bringing Application to Bible Teaching, Don Den Hartog, Room 2-2 a/b

Monday, May 23, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Mary Poppins taught us that medicine goes down easier with a spoonful of sugar. As teachers of God's Word, we have something to learn from that.
Bible teachers believe the truth of Scripture changes lives. These teachers tend to pour a great deal of time and energy preparing for Bible studies, classroom lessons, sermons, and any other context where God's Word is the focus. This preparation examines on the content and interpretation of the biblical passages being studied. What does the text say? What does it mean? These are vital questions that need to be answered with accuracy.
One more question needs an answer. How in the world is this passage applied in the listeners' everyday lives?
If a teacher knows and shares fascinating details of the biblical text and arrives at the interpretation intended by the author, they are providing the necessary spiritual nourishment the listeners need. But the nourishment is not absorbed unless it is applied, and that is where many teachers fall short. They don't know how to bring the application of the Bible in a way that students can understand where biblical truth fits in the context of their personal lives.
How is that done? Along with the hard work of developing the content and arriving at an interpretation, it is crucial the teacher takes the necessary time to communicate true and living examples of how the truth that is communicated works where the rubber hits the road in real life.
Join us for this seminar, A Spoonful of Sugar, as we examine the importance of bringing application to the minds of those we teach. Don Den Hartog will help us learn how to find examples that can be shared with our students that give them something to emulate. The sweetness of a story or illustration that models the content we present can bring spiritual medicinal benefits to the hearts of hurting people, leading to spiritual healing and life change.

Starting June 5

What We Believe: A Survey of Major Doctrines of the Bible

Instructors:  FBC Elders, Room 2-2 a/b,  9:00AM

Don’t let the word “doctrine” scare you.  The study of it is necessary, beneficial and applicable in Christian living.  What does the Bible teach about salvation, sin, the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and other important subjects?  What do these truths have to do with my everyday life and relationships?  Join us this summer as the FBC elders lead us in a survey of these important truths.  Phil Covell will kick-off the course by defining “systematic theology” and why is it important to study in this way.  In the remaining weeks various elders will address key doctrinal subjects every Christian should know.  We hope you will join us.

Let us know if you have any questions.

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