Providing practical and biblical training for men and women, a new class, How to Study the Bible. Seriously. For Men and Women launches on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 PM.
What is this class?
This is not a Bible study.
This is not a discussion group.
This is a class that teaches you how to study the Bible for yourself so that you can feed yourself from God’s Word and teach others taught by Dr. Michael Vanlaningham.
This class is designed for every adult follower of Jesus Christ.
This is foundational training for every adult—younger, older, men, women, all ethnicities, all backgrounds, all levels of spiritual maturity, all campuses, everyone.
This is especially valuable for people looking to grow in their understanding of God’s Word, small group leaders and coaches, and staff.
How to Study the Bible. Seriously. For Men and Women, Part 1 starts Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 PM, in-person at the Rolling Meadows Campus.
Walt Russell. Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2000. ISBN: 13:978-1-57683-142-7. Amazon.com $11.57
Roy Zuck. Basic Bible Interpretation. Colorado Springs: Victor Books, 1991. ISBN: 0-89693-819-0. Amazon.com $20.08.
Michael Rydelnik and Michael Vanlaningham, eds. The Moody Bible Commentary. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8024-2867-7. Your instructor will make these available to you for purchase at a deeply discounted price.
A good English translation of the Bible. Suggestions: ESV; NASB; Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB aka CSB); NET. Avoid the NIV or TNIV (too much paraphrasing). If you believe in the KJV only, please obtain and use the NKJV.
John F. Evans. A Guide to Biblical Commentaries and Reference Works, 10th ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016. ISBN: 9780310520962. Amazon.com $16.38. Strongly recommended. This is a book on books!
This will not be conducted like a typical small group, Bible study, or Sunday School class. Unless you bring it to share with the others in our class, no food will be organized or brought. Each session will begin at 7:00 PM and will conclude at 9:00 PM without a time of extended fellowship at the beginning. Our sessions will typically be about two hours in length. There will be a combination of lecture, question-and-answer, discussion, and student presentations. The class sessions will have more in common with basic training than a Caribbean cruise.
There will be reading assignments for every class session, usually around 15 pages. There will be one reading and homework assignment (a worksheet) for each class. The expectation is that you will read three-fourths of the reading assignments each month. Depending on the size of the class, you will be asked to prepare a 10-minute sermonette on any three adjoined verses of your choice from Scripture. You are encouraged to select the three verses that have had the greatest impact on your life already so that you can receive even more blessings when you discover what they actually mean.
Attendance will be taken at each class session after sign-ups are finalized. The expectation is that each person will attend a minimum of three class sessions out of four each month. If there is a family, medical, or job emergency, massive amounts of grace will be extended to class members.
Church attendance will be required as well, the same three-Sundays-out-of-four requirement as the class attendance. Participants are urged to begin taking notes on the sermon and file them away for future reference. Each week there will be a gracious critique of the weekend sermon based upon the principles learned in this course.
Questions about the class? Contact Dr. Michael Vanlaningham at gro.lepahcelbibtsevrahnull@navekim.
Date | Topic | Pages from textbooks
13 | OT Narrative | Russell 100-116
20 | OT Law | Russell 119-132
(OT Narrative Worksheet due)
27 | OT Poetry and Wisdom
3 | OT Prophecy | Russell 177-192
10 | Gospels
(OT Prophecy Worksheet due)
17 | Parables | Zuck 194-226
(Gospels Worksheet due)
24 | Acts | Russell 214-230
3 | Epistles | Russell 232-248
10 | Revelation | Russell 250-267
(Epistles Worksheet due)
17 | How to Apply the Bible | Zuck 279-292
24 | Dispensational Hermeneutics