How to study our course on interpreting Scripture

To benefit fully from our course, try to incorporate the following ingredients of  Iearning:

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  • new information – this is supplied by our website
  • interaction with others understanding their search, replying to their questions and listening to their answers
  • sufficient time to digest the new insights and appreciate all implications.

By lack of personnel we cannot provide a tutor to accompany those who follow the course. But you will find more guidance on our Facebook Group: Interpreting Scripture Correctly. This Group serves as a logon for the course and will also record feedback and discussion.

I recommend three ways in which you could study the course, depending on your circumstances.

METHOD 1. Study the course in a small local group.

group* Bring together a small group of friends. Five to eight participants is the ideal number. One of you should be the leader and chairperson. The course will have ten sessions – perhaps one session a week.
* Discuss one principle during each session. If possible, all participants should read the contents of the principle in advance online. In spite of this personal preparation by all, at the beginning of the session, three participants should present the three elements of the principle: the principle itself, the first case study, the second case study. The discussion follows after the presentations.
* At the end of the session, make a note of any remaining questions. These could be posted as FEEDBACK in our Facebook Group: Interpreting Scripture Correctly.
* Also, before concluding, appoint the three participants who will do the presentations during the following session.

METHOD 2. Study the course by yourself.

selfstudy* Self study will work if you space the course well. I suggest that you print off a list of the ten principles such as I prepared for you here. Put the list up near your desk, on the door of your fridge in the kitchen or wherever you post such notices. Then tick off each principle after completing it and the two case studies that are part of it.
* Don’t rush through the course. Give yourself time to digest the full implications of each principle. Make a note of remaining questions and doubts.
* Each time, after finishing three principles, go through a quick ‘re-visit’ of the previous two principles to integrate them into a more comprehensive scheme of things. After completing the re-visit, note it after each principle on your list ( put ‘R’ after the principle?).
* To make up for the lack of interaction with others which is a drawback in this method of studying, go to our Facebook Group: Interpreting Scripture Correctly. Look at the questions others have asked. If you want to partake in the discussion, join as a member.
* At any time during the course, your FEEDBACK on our Facebook Group page Interpreting Scripture Correctly is highly appreciated and may benefit others.

METHOD 3. Study the course with an online circle – through Facebook.

network* Ask your Facebook friends if any of them want to join your study of the course for ten weeks, starting from a particular date.
* If some have responded positively, ask each one of them to join our Facebook Group Interpreting Scripture Correctly.
* During each consecutive week, ask the participants in your ‘circle’ to study a Principle and the two case studies belonging to it by themselves online.
* Then invite them to post their questions and observations on our Facebook Group page Interpreting Scripture Correctly. This will give you a chance to discuss the matter together.
* Having your discussion on our group page has the advantage of not involving ALL your fiends on Facebook. It will also profit others who are studying our course in other parts of the world. Don’t be afraid to join in their discussions too!

I wish you the best of luck!