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Monthly Archives: August 2015

How Does the Son Feel About His People?

The following Devotional study came from a student project submitted for The Theology of Biblical Poetry: Advanced Arcing/Bracketing online course. To find out more about online courses and to see what courses are currently available, click here.

 

The Son has enjoyed the Father from eternity. How does he feel about his people for whom he has suffered and died; those whose sin and rebellion required him to become a man and suffer and ultimately be crucified?

How does the Son feel about his people?

Jesus Christ has now been raised to God’s right hand. There he waits while those for whom he died come to understand and trust and in his redemptive work, and come to know the God who created them and provided for their redemption. He intercedes for them. There is nothing at all in them that makes them worthy, indeed it was their sin and rebellion that required the Son to be crucified. But God shows his sovereign goodness and grace through them and they come to recognize that God is the source of all good. So they, with the Son, delight in God.

“Indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6b

These people are thus being brought to glory. They belong to Jesus, they are his bride and his inheritance. How does the Son feel about his people? “As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight” and “Indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance”.

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Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Robert Elphick

Grammatical Flow of Languages

Learning Resources Take-Away for the week of Aug 24th, 2015:

If you are bi-lingual, or have had experience learning a second language, you know that not just words, but also grammatical structures and flow of thought differ between languages…and sometimes things simply get lost in translation…

 

 

What is the Learning Resources Take-Away?
Every Monday we will upload a new video with the main point take-away message from that week’s Learning Resources.

What are “Learning Resources?”
Learning Resources is an add-on to the Biblearc Subscription. This add-on provides practical helps for those seeking to learn the Bible study methods available on Biblearc. Subscribers will receive a fresh, ten-minute Arcing, Bracketing, Phrasing or Diagramming example video each week. In addition, the Learning Resources add-on gives you access to all the example videos archives, and personal feedback on one of your modules each month.

Satan may be powerful, but God is sovereign! (1 Thess 2:17-3:13, Part 4)

More often than not, Paul was forced to leave a newly formed community of believers much sooner than he would have preferred. It was particularly heart-wrenching in the case of the Thessalonian church. In this passage, Paul details the Progression of his actions in Response to his forced departure.

His response develops through four stages:

(2:17-20) He and his co-workers earnestly sought to return to Thessalonica but were met with insurmountable obstacles, which Paul clearly recognizes as from Satan’s hand.

(3:1-5) Paul knows Satan’s schemes and acknowledges his concern for their vulnerability. And so, unable to bear the burden of separation any longer, Paul remains alone in Athens and sends Timothy.

(3:6-10) Upon Timothy’s return with a report full of good news, Paul’s spirit is lifted, his heart is full of joy, his prayers overflow with thanks to God. And significantly, Paul is stirred to pray all the more that he might be granted opportunity to see them.

(3:11-13) Finally, even as he writes this letter, Paul gives expression to his prayers. It is God who alone opens the doors and directs his steps. It is God alone who will guard and establish the Thessalonians’ hearts.

In summary, Paul’s ministry and the prayers that drive that ministry are under this banner: Satan may be powerful but God is sovereign!

Paul’s ministry and the prayers that drive that ministry are under this banner: Satan may be powerful but God is sovereign!

(In the following, I leave several propositions together in a condensed arc, in order to highlight the big picture flow of Paul’s logic).

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Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Michael Lane

Whose Reproaches did Jesus Bear?

Learning Resources Take-Away for the week of Aug 17th, 2015:

Sometimes you begin digging deep into a passage of scripture and you come to realize that the way you have always read that passage is, well, wrong…

“The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”  Romans 15:3c, Psalm 69:9

 

What is the Learning Resources Take-Away?
Every Monday we will upload a new video with the main point take-away message from that week’s Learning Resources.

What are “Learning Resources?”
Learning Resources is an add-on to the Biblearc Subscription. This add-on provides practical helps for those seeking to learn the Bible study methods available on Biblearc. Subscribers will receive a fresh, ten-minute Arcing, Bracketing, Phrasing or Diagramming example video each week. In addition, the Learning Resources add-on gives you access to all the example videos archives, and personal feedback on one of your modules each month.

A Right Hearing of the Word (1 Thess 2:13, part 3)

How do you listen to a sermon? What expectations do you bring? In 1 Thessalonians, Paul is filled with thanks to God because the Thessalonian believers demonstrated a posture of humility before the Word of God.

Notice five things Paul says concerning a right hearing of the Word:

  • It is received as the Word of God. God can and has communicated himself to men. And he has done so in words of intelligible human language.
  • It has been proclaimed. In chapter 1, verse 5, Paul emphasizes that this proclamation is not like any other message. “Our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.”
  • It is received, taken in, considered and pondered. John 1:11 illustrates an example of the opposite: “He came to his own and his own did not receive him,” that is, they would not even consider the truthfulness of Jesus.
  • It is accepted. This is the personal appropriation of what has been received. It is welcomed and embraced for what it truly is: the very Word of God, bearing authority over men. To accept it as the word of God is to submit to its authority and obey it.
  • And finally, it is a word that is at work among believers, exposing and rooting out sin (Heb 4:12-13), teaching, reproving, correcting and training (2Tim 3:16).

 
So then, how will you listen to the word?
 

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Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Michael Lane

They Sow the Wind

Learning Resources Take-Away for the week of Aug 10th, 2015:

Beware that you don’t spend your life working hard and laboring only to find that the whole time you were sowing nothing but wind.

For the sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.  Hosea 8:7a-b

 

What is the Learning Resources Take-Away?
Every Monday we will upload a new video with the main point take-away message from that week’s Learning Resources.

What are “Learning Resources?”
Learning Resources is an add-on to the Biblearc Subscription. This add-on provides practical helps for those seeking to learn the Bible study methods available on Biblearc. Subscribers will receive a fresh, ten-minute Arcing, Bracketing, Phrasing or Diagramming example video each week. In addition, the Learning Resources add-on gives you access to all the example videos archives, and personal feedback on one of your modules each month.

Fall Courses 2015

Open for Enrollment

Announcing the six 2015 Fall courses on Biblearc—three in September/October and three in November/December. As always, our courses are online and interactive. May they help you dig deeper into the inexhaustible riches of God’s Word.

Fall I courses (Sept/Oct)

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Introduction to Arcing
Sep 8th – Oct 6th

This course lays out the foundational concepts and structures necessary to begin using the Arcing Bible study method. We will take a hands-on approach to learning as we work through the first chapter of James together.

Course details | Enrollment page

Interpretation courseInterpretation
Seeking a Biblical Hermeneutic
Sep 9th – Oct 28th

Your “hermeneutic” is the method or principle you use when interpreting the Word of God. This course will examine this subject with the conviction that our hermeneutics are best developed by paying close attention to how in fact the Bible speaks of and interprets itself. This course will also provide a brief survey of all the Bible study methods employed on Biblearc.

Course details | Enrollment page

Markup courseMarkup
Asking Questions of the Text
Sep 8th – Oct 13th

In this course you will learn the art of asking questions of the biblical text. We will focus on marking up the text via Biblearc’s Look-up module and reading the Bible with purpose. Our aim is to send you away with both a method of study and insights from scripture which will serve you the rest of your life.

Course details | Enrollment page

Fall II courses (Nov/Dec)

  1. Introduction to Bracketing
  2. Didactics—Preparing a Teaching
  3. Introduction to Phrasing

Online Course: Markup—Asking Questions of the Text

Sept 8th – Oct 13th

In this course you will learn the art of asking questions of the biblical text. We will focus on marking up the text via Biblearc’s Look-up module and reading the Bible with purpose. Our aim is to send you away with both a method of study and insights from scripture which will serve you the rest of your life.

Tuition

Basic enrollment  $59 ($49 with early enrollment)
Discussion enrollment  $99 ($89 with early enrollment)
One-on-one enrollment  $149 ($139 with early enrollment)

Enrollment page

Interactive lectures This course includes five interactive, 2-hour lectures, in addition to an introductory lecture the first week. You may watch these lectures live, or at your convenience. One-on-one and Discussion enrollment students will be invited to participate in the lectures via online video chat. Live lecture recording times will be scheduled in coordination with these students the first week of the course and then announced to all students.

Discussion enrollment In addition to lectures and feedback, discussion enrollment gives you a one-hour group discussion time each week with the instructor of the course. Groups are made up of 5-9 students. Rated 4.6 / 5 stars in significance by discussion enrollees of other Biblearc courses.

Group time options Wed at 7pm | Thurs at 7am | Thurs at 7pm
(All times in CDT. Click to view them in your local time.)

Assignments This course includes five Markup assignments which will be promptly corrected by the instructor and returned each week.

Course length This is a 6-week course.

Prerequisites none.

One-on-one enrollment One-on-one enrollment allows you to benefit from a half hour of one-on-one time with the instructor each week, in addition to the standard provisions of the course.

PinedaInstructor Josué Pineda has worked as a pastor and church planter in Honduras, was the Director for Honduras of Precept International Ministries, and has spearheaded Biblearc’s Arcing courses in Spanish.

Work load Between the lectures (2 hrs/wk) and assignments (3 hrs/wk), participants should expect to spend approximately 5 hours per week on this course.

Grading This course uses a 100 point grading system for all assignments. Students who complete this course with a display of proficiency will receive an indication of this on their Biblearc account. This will allow people searching shared work the ability to find the projects of those users who have had training from Biblearc.com. (still in development)

Google Hangouts This course uses Google’s “Hangouts on Air” to facilitate the live lectures, and ordinary Google Hangouts to facilitate discussion groups. All participants will be required to register for a free Google+ account if they do not already have one. (We will provide you information on how to do so.)

Enrollment page

Additional information: Request a Scholarship | Give a Scholarship | Refund Policy

Online Course: Interpretation—Seeking a Biblical Hermeneutic

Sept 9th – Oct 28th

Your “hermeneutic” is the method or principle you use when interpreting the Word of God. This course will examine this subject with the conviction that our hermeneutics are best developed by paying close attention to how in fact the Bible speaks of and interprets itself. This course will also provide a brief survey of all the Bible study methods employed on Biblearc.

Tuition

Basic enrollment  $89 ($79 with early enrollment)
Discussion enrollment  $149 ($129 with early enrollment)
One-on-one enrollment  $219 ($199 with early enrollment)

Enrollment pageInterpretation course

Interactive lectures This course includes seven interactive, 2-hour lectures, in addition to an introductory lecture the first week. You may watch these lectures live, or at your convenience. One-on-one and Discussion enrollment students will be invited to participate in the lectures via online video chat. Live lecture recording times will be scheduled in coordination with these students the first week of the course and then announced to all students.

Discussion enrollment In addition to lectures and feedback, discussion enrollment gives you a one-hour group discussion time each week with the instructor of the course. Groups are made up of 5-9 students. Rated 4.6 / 5 stars in significance by discussion enrollees of other Biblearc courses.

Group time options Mon at 8am | Thurs at 9pm
(All times in CDT. Click to view them in your local time.)

Assignments This course includes seven extensive, biblically-rooted assignments which will be promptly corrected by the instructor and returned each week.

Course length This is a 8-week course.

Prerequisites none.

One-on-one enrollment One-on-one enrollment allows you to benefit from a half hour of one-on-one time with the instructor each week, in addition to the standard provisions of the course.

hubertInstructor Andy Hubert is the creator of Biblearc and lecturer of Greek at Israel College of the Bible. Andy holds a Masters of Pastoral and Biblical Studies from Bethlehem College and Seminary.

Work load Between the lectures (2 hrs/wk) and assignments (3-4 hrs/wk), participants should expect to spend approximately 5-6 hours per week on this course.

Grading This course uses a 100 point grading system for all assignments. Students who complete this course with a display of proficiency will receive an indication of this on their Biblearc account. This will allow people searching shared work the ability to find the projects of those users who have had training from Biblearc.com. (still in development)

Google Hangouts This course uses Google’s “Hangouts on Air” to facilitate the live lectures, and ordinary Google Hangouts to facilitate discussion groups. All participants will be required to register for a free Google+ account if they do not already have one. (We will provide you information on how to do so.)

Enrollment page

Additional information: Request a Scholarship | Give a Scholarship | Refund Policy

To Please God, Who Tests Our Hearts (1 Thess 2:1-4, part 2)

As in much of Paul’s ministry, his gospel work in Macedonia (Acts 16-17) was met with severe opposition. Though the intent of such persecution was aimed at putting an end to Paul’s preaching, he continued to openly proclaim the truth. In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-4, Paul reveals the roots of such boldness.

Working backwards through the passage helps open the logic. Knowing even the motives of his heart are exposed to God, Paul’s aim is to please the Lord, not tickle men’s ears, so he speaks the truth because he understands that the gospel he proclaims has been given by God as a sacred trust. Unlike so many of the pop-culture messages of his day, his gospel did not have its source in error, impurity, or deception.

Knowing even the motives of his heart are exposed to God, Paul’s aim is to please the Lord, not tickle men’s ears.

This perspective that his message is from God and its proclamation is for the pleasure of God forms the root and ground of Paul’s boldness even in the face of mistreatment.

It may be asked, are not the charlatans and false teachers equally as bold in their endeavors? Indeed they are, and often for a parallel, albeit corrupt reason – they believe the source of their message is worth giving over their lives in service. They believe its promised pleasures are worth the sacrifices it may demand.

But this only serves to highlight the great contrast between v. 3 and v. 4. It is the pleasure of God over against all other pleasures that fuels Paul’s bold – and winsome – Gospel proclamation.

The Character of Gospel Ministry

Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Michael Lane

What Really Matters

Learning Resources Take-Away for the week of Aug 3rd, 2015:

What was important to Paul personally as he soberly approached the end of his earthly life?

Do your best to come to me soon.  2 Timothy 4:9

 

What is the Learning Resources Take-Away?
Every Monday we will upload a new video with the main point take-away message from that week’s Learning Resources.

What are “Learning Resources?”
Learning Resources is an add-on to the Biblearc Subscription. This add-on provides practical helps for those seeking to learn the Bible study methods available on Biblearc. Subscribers will receive a fresh, ten-minute Arcing, Bracketing, Phrasing or Diagramming example video each week. In addition, the Learning Resources add-on gives you access to all the example videos archives, and personal feedback on one of your modules each month.