Grasping the Big Story of the Bible
Our first class is History of Redemption (Jan. 12 - Feb. 16). This class focuses on grasping the Big Story of the Bible. We will undertake a Biblical-theological study of God's self-revelation in the history of redemption, culminating in Christ and the Scriptures. The class emphasizes the thematic unity of kingdom, covenant, and mediator, the inspiration and perfection of Holy Scripture, as well as the basic principles of biblical interpretation. The Facilitator for the class is Pastor John Musgrave (Clayton Community Church). Pastor John has served with Athletes in Action and Campus Crusade for Christ. He received his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando) and has served in Clayton since 1999.
This class is hugely important because most contemporary American Christians do not understand how Christ is revealed in all of the Scriptures. We are functionally Marcionites. Marcion was a heretic in the early church who decided that the God of the Old Testament was radically different from the God of the New Testament. Therefore, he rejected the Old Testament and contrived his own "canon"--his own list of books that should be read by Christians. This list included only the Gospel of Luke, and some of Paul's writings. Now, most modern Christians would not go that far, but too many of us live in ignorance of the divinely-crafted story line that runs throughout all of the Bible. This class will help students to grasp how all of the Bible points to Jesus (something he explained to two of his disciples after he rose from the dead--"And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself," Luke 24:27).
This class is also important because a recent study by Lifeway Research found that "Most Americans are Actually Heretics." The Christians surveyed, who identified themselves as conservative Evangelicals, still held contradictory and heretical views on basic points of Christian doctrine. Although the Bible remains one of the all-time bestselling books, it seems that many people don't really know much about what it teaches. This class will lay the foundation for responsible and consistent interpretation of the Bible, while focusing on the Big Story--which is the Glory and Gospel of Jesus Christ.