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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Fall Courses 2015

Open for Enrollment

Announcing the three 2015 Fall II courses on Biblearc. As always, our courses are online and interactive. May they help you dig deeper into the inexhaustible riches of God’s Word.

Fall II courses (Nov/Dec)

Introduction to Bracketing

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Introduction to Bracketing
Determining Main Point and Structure
Nov 3rd – Dec 22nd

This online, interactive course lays out the foundational concepts and structures necessary to begin using the Bracketing Bible study method. It features personal and extensive feedback on seven different assignments. We will take a hands-on approach to learning as we work through the first chapter of the Letter to the Philippians together.

Course details | Enrollment page

Didactics course

Learn to prepare a teaching from your study

Didactics
Preparing a Teaching from an Arc, Bracket or Phrase
Nov 4th – Dec 9th

This course will focus on insights that go into taking your study of the text via Arcing, Bracketing or Phrasing and turning it into a teaching. We will wrestle through how to be faithful to the Bible and relevant to the culture, and weigh the interplay between declaring truths and proving that those truths indeed come from the text of scripture. This will be both a practical course with attention to process as well as a discussion of big picture principles.

Course details | Enrollment page

The Island of Crete

Introduction to Phrasing
Tracing the Arguments of Scripture
Nov 3rd – Dec 22nd

Students will learn all of the facets of phrasing and draw theological insights from Titus. Phrasing is an excellent tool for determining a biblical author’s main point and how he supports it. The course is designed for everyone from pastors to interested lay-people.

Course details | Enrollment page

Eternal Salvation For Those Who Obey Him. (Heb 4:13-5:10, Part 2)

In Hebrews 5:9, the writer says that Jesus, having suffered and been made perfect, became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him. What does it mean to ‘obey him’? What can we learn from the context?
 
We are told in the preceeding verse that Jesus himself learned obedience – I think this means he gained a full appreciation of human obedience – through what he suffered. And in the verse preceeding that we see that Jesus’ response to suffering was not to have a stiff upper lip and soldier on, but to reverently, earnestly, desperately, cry out to God for help. Jesus lived in close dependence on His Father.

Jesus’ response to suffering was not to have a stiff upper lip and soldier on, but to reverently, earnestly, desperately, cry out to God for help.

We see a similar theme in Heb 4:16, where the readers are exhorted to draw near to the throne of grace for help in their time of need. God has provided them with His Son as a sympathetic yet perfect representative, now enthroned in heaven. Our weakness is well known: we are to draw near, depending on his grace, for help.

So what does it mean to obey him? It includes, at least, a life of urgent yet reverent fellowship with God, expresssed through earnest prayer. In our day to day lives, we are the needy – we are completely exposed before God (Heb 4:13) – and we obey him by drawing near to His throne, through His Son our great high priest, for help.

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Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Robert Elphick

Online Course: Bracketing—Determining Main Point and Structure

Nov 3rd – Dec 22nd

This online, interactive course lays out the foundational concepts and structures necessary to begin using the Bracketing Bible study method. It features personal and extensive feedback on seven different assignments. We will take a hands-on approach to learning as we work through the first chapter of the Letter to the Philippians together.

Note: This course features the new discourse module, redesigned to make learning easier by leaps and bounds.

Tuition

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

Enrollees to this course will receive 2 free months of The Biblearc Subscription.

Interactive lectures This course includes seven interactive, 1-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.

Length  This is a 8-week course.

Prerequisites  None

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 4.5 / 5 stars in significance by former discussion enrollees.

Group time options Sun @ 6pm | Wed @ 7pm
(All times in CDT. Click to view them in your local time.)

One-on-one enrollment  One-on-one enrollment allows you to enjoy a half hour of one-on-one time with the instructor each week, in addition to the standard provisions of the course. Rated 5 / 5 stars in significance by former one-on-one enrollees.

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

PinedaAndy HubertInstructors  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. Josué Pineda (who will be correcting assignments and leading discussion groups and one-on-one times) 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 (1 hr/wk) and assignments (~3 hrs/wk), participants should expect to spend approximately 4 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 in Bracketing will receive an indication of this on their Biblearc account. This will allow people searching shared work the ability to find the arcs and brackets of those users who have had training in these methods. (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 Discussion group and One-on-one enrollees 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.)

From former students

“No Bible study method has helped me see and enjoy more in God’s Word than arcing and bracketing. The bracketing class covered the basics of the method while also encouraging the student to excel still more. I’m grateful to God for Biblearc.com.”

“This class was terrific! I often think I see the connections among verses of scripture, but sometimes have a hard time drawing out the actual relationship. This class really helped me “connect the dots.” Arcing and bracketing have quickly become one of the most used arrows in my quiver of bible study tools.”

“This course is, in my opinion, a necessary investment for any serious preacher and Bible study leader who does not have prior experience in bracketing. Bracketing offers so much to the process of exegesis and sermon preparation – and for the price of this course and what you get in return, it will be one of the most worthwhile uses of your money.”

“Learning the bracketing method has not only helped me to dig deeper for more insight into God’s word, but it has really helped to ground both my mind and heart in it!”

100% of former students surveyed recommend this course to others!

Additional information: What is Bracketing | Request a Scholarship | Give a Scholarship | Refund Policy

Online Course: Didactics—Preparing a Teaching from an Arc, Bracket or Phrase

Nov 4th – Dec 9th

This course will focus on insights that go into taking your study of the text via Arcing, Bracketing or Phrasing and turning it into a teaching. We will wrestle through how to be faithful to the Bible and relevant to the culture, and weigh the interplay between declaring truths and proving that those truths indeed come from the text of scripture. This will be both a practical course with attention to process as well as a discussion of big picture principles.

Tuition

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

Interactive lectures This course includes seven interactive, 1.5-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.

Length  This is a 6-week course.

Prerequisites  Proficiency in Arcing, Bracketing or Phrasing.

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.

Group time options Sun @ 9pm | Thurs @ 1pm
(All times in CST. Click to view them in your local time.)

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.

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

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 (1.5 hrs/wk) and assignments (~3 hrs/wk), participants should expect to spend approximately 4.5 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 Discussion group and One-on-one enrollees 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.)

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

Hold Fast the Profession. Draw Near to Grace. (Heb 4:13-5:10, Part 1)

Israel showed, during their time in the wilderness, that man’s heart can be fickle (Hebrews 3:9). God then showed that he will not tolerate continued rebellion (3:11). The truth of the case study applies to all: God’s scrutiny penetrates deeply (4:12), and there is no hiding (4:13). We are left, as the writer says, exposed and in need of mercy.

But warning is followed by encouragement:  The great truths discussed ealier in the letter are summarised along with associated exhortations.

But warning is followed by encouragement…

We have a magnificent representative seated at the right hand of God’s throne in heaven: God’s very Son (4:14). He who humbly walked among his people and then suffered unto death for our sin (2:9) now represents us, in perfection, before God. Let us hold fast to this faith that we profess. 

We have a magnificent representative seated at the right hand of God’s throne in heaven.

He is also a sympathetic representative (4:15). He has felt the fatigue and hunger of humanity (2:17,18), and the pull of sin in all dimensions (4:15). We are needy, and he knows it well. He has opened to us a throne of grace, and we are to come to it with complete confidence.

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Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Robert Elphick

A New Home for Learning Resources Take-Away

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. In addition to the full 10 minute Learning Resources video available to subscribers, we post a shorter (about 2 minute) “Learning Resources Take-Away” video on the blog each Monday available to everyone.

We’re Moving…

As of today, the Learning Resources Take-Away videos are moving! You can find them at the Learning Resources page on Biblearc.com. Take a look at the list of archived videos and visit the site each Monday for a new Learning Resources video.

They Are Among Us, So Take Heed. (2 Peter 2:1-3)

One of the great things about arcing is that it forces us to slow down in the thought process, and it disciplines us to ask questions that might easily go unasked – but once asked can produce not only insight into truth, but a full sense of the weightiness of that truth.

2nd Peter 2:1 is an excellent example of this. We are told, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.” At first this looks like a simple comparison–-comparing two things that have one obvious major commonality (the false teachers and prophets are, well, false). But upon looking closer we will find that the two things being compared are actually so similar that they can be considered to be the same thing. The false teachers are not like false prophets just because what they teach is false; they are like them primarily because they arise from within the congregation of the godly. They are like them because they lack divine authority, and because they deny the one to whom they owe allegiance. They are like them in that they ignore God’s warning of impending judgment, teaching others to follow them in peacetime sensual indulgence. They are like them in that they will most certainly be condemned (along with their followers) by God.

False prophets led Israel into idolatry, prostitution, injustice, murder, and oppression – and brought the full weight and condemnation of God on the people of Israel.

When you look carefully at false teachers from the aspect of being the heirs of the false prophets, the real danger they pose becomes evident. False prophets led Israel into idolatry, prostitution, injustice, murder, and oppression – and brought the full weight and condemnation of God on the people of Israel.

False teachers put people in danger of eternal condemnation. Even more than that, though, is the damage false teachers do to the reputation of God. Just as false prophets led to the name of God being blasphemed among the nations (Is. 52:5), so do false teachers lead to the nations condemning the gospel. False teachers paint a picture of discipleship that glorifies sensual indulgence (in all of its many forms) in this life, and therefore leads to a church that outdoes the world in its worship of the creature over the creation. God is belittled and trivialized – and therefore blasphemed.

Just as false prophets led to the name of God being blasphemed among the nations (Is. 52:5), so do false teachers lead to the nations condemning the gospel.

It would be easy to move from here to a condemnation of the various false teachers we are subjected to in our own time, such as the seemingly ubiquitous peddlers of prosperity, those who would compromise Biblical authority on issues of human sexuality, or liberals who deny the full authority of scripture. But a more fruitful exercise would probably be to examine how our own hearts are drawn to the sensuality that produces false teachers and their followers. False teachers did not just barge their way into faithful congregations from the outside – Peter warns us, just as Paul warns the Ephesian elders, that false teachers will come from within these otherwise faithful and healthy churches. That is why we must take heed for ourselves. Do we take seriously the coming judgment of God? Do our teaching and lives reflect a hope for an eternity with God as our ultimate lasting treasure? Are we continually paying attention to the scripture, and letting that shape how we think and feel and live? Are we open to the loving admonishment of fellow believers? Or is our understanding of the scripture shaped by our hearts’ unredeemed desires and the prevailing attitude of the culture?

False teachers did not just barge their way into faithful congregations from the outside – Peter warns us that false teachers will come from within these otherwise faithful and healthy churches.

The warning against false teachers is not merely a call to contend for orthodoxy against those who have obviously left it – it is a call for us to “be all the more diligent to make [our] calling and election sure”, to take hold of the “precious and very great promises” of the Gospel and pursue God with passionate vehemence.

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Meet our Devotional Blog Contributor: Andrew Bywaters

Ground, Details and Purpose

Learning Resources Take-Away for the week of September 7th, 2015:

We were made to joyfully wonder at the glory of God, and to express that wonder in a variety of ways; in our words, in our gifts, in our songs and in our service…

“…you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood…”  1 Peter2:5

 

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.

Continually in My Mouth– Praise (Psalm 34:1-22)

The following Devotional study was submitted as a student project by David Riaño, 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.

 

Nowadays, it is very common to see Christians that profess their faith, but don’t seem to rejoice greatly in the Lord. Even we ourselves, most of the time don’t live as if the fact that we received the glorious salvation of Christ Jesus were true. But we are going to live with the Lord forever! There is no more hell for us! We should live jumping and praising all the time!

It is common to see Christians that profess their faith, but don’t seem to rejoice greatly in the Lord.

The Apostles gave us a great example of conviction and gladness in the gospel. When they were imprisoned, they just couldn’t stop speaking of the Truth (Acts 4:19-20), and when they were whipped, they went to their homes rejoicing because they had suffered for Christ (Acts 5:21). They had experienced the grace of God so much that they couldn’t stop praising and leading others to praise. That is the very product of spending time in the presence of the Son of God! (Acts 4:13)

Maybe the best demonstration that Jesus has really shed His grace in our lives is that we use our mouths to praise Him all the time. If we do so, other people are going to be moved to praise God as well. We have to experience the grace of God a lot, day by day, in a deep and real way, as the apostles did in the presence of Jesus. We need to see His grace, and be amazed by the blessings that he pours in our hearts and our lives.

The apostles experienced the grace of God so much that (despite sometimes great suffering) they couldn’t stop praising and leading others to praise. That is the very product of spending time in the presence of the Son of God!

As it is written, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears”, and again, “My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad”. Only seeing the abounding grace of a God who answers, we will be able to rejoice in Him time after time. Therefore, as the psalmist cries after offering His praise: “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!”

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Cornerstone, Keystone, and Stumbling Stone

Learning Resources Take-Away for the week of August 31st, 2015:

There is only one cornerstone. When you encounter it you will either be built up, or else stumble and be broken down.

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious…”  1 Peter 2:6, cf Isaiah 28:16

 

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.