This week our very own Bryan Appelt gave us an overview and history of the Bible. (If you've kept up with the current DTS, you'll know he taught in that school a few weeks ago, so we were very excited to have him speak to us!) We went through so much information in such a short time it was a little challenging to take it all in! Thankfully, that's what notes are for.
We started the week off with some staggering statistics about Christianity, such as talking about how so many people don't believe the Bible is accurate. It is hard to believe, but only about 11% of Christians believe it is true and accurate! From there we learned of a lot of other potentially terrifying stats about how so many Christians, even ones who believe and read the Bible, don't actually accept the truth that it's trying to tell them. To educate us on why we should accept the fact the Bible is truth, Bryan took us on a journey through time from the dawn of mankind. He began with how the Bible was passed on through word of mouth before being written down by Moses, then carried on through each book of the Bible until Revelation. Bryan then talked about the credibility of the writers of each book, how they had to be proven prophets or be a disciple/apostle of Jesus Himself. This is one reason why there is such a big period of time that the Bible doesn't cover.
After that, we were led through the history of how the Bible went from God's mouth into our homes. Travelling through the world, changing languages and translation, almost being destroyed multiple times through history, then finally turning into the Bible we know and love today. We also learned about all the different translations of the Bible. The Bible has been completely translated into over 550 languages, and there are roughly 2260 translations still in progress. I didn't even know there were that many languages!
We also had some fun doing Bible study in a new way that Bryan came up with. Basically we take a small section of the Bible and "mind-map" it, connecting various ideas and lessons to see how its all connected and to find a focus point for what the author was trying to teach in that chapter. It was actually a lot of fun and I recommend it.
Then we started the most intense part of the week. The last two days we broke down the entire Bible into 12 phases that Bryan used to show us how, unlike most people think, God has never changed and the entire Bible (not just four booking in the New Testament) is His Gospel. It was definitely a lot of information to take in, but we persevered and came out the other side with a greater understanding of God's love for us.
More than a few of us were inspired to dive deeper into the Bible on our own.
With such an intense week of Bible study it was nice to have a three-day weekend, allowing us to catch up on work we needed to do as well as rest up for the last few weeks of school. It's been great here and I'm happy to be able to share it with all of you. Have a great week!
Eric, for the SOMLD