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Bible Study

Rather than study a single book of the Bible, our Wednesday afternoon Bible study now focuses on the lessons for the coming Sunday, a way to prepare for Sunday’s worship experience.
There are four benefits to reading and discussing the lessons we will hear on Sunday:

Devotional
We begin by reading the Bible text and reflecting on its meaning. We ask questions and identify items that are unclear. We bring our unique background and experience to the Bible, and the Bible meets us where we are.
 
Historical
We seek to understand the world of the Bible and locate the setting of the text. We explore who may have written the text and why. We wonder who the original audience may have been. We think about how these things “translate” to our world today.
 
Literary
We pay close attention to how the text is written. We notice what kind of literature it is and how this type of literature may function or may be used. We look at the characters, the story line, and the themes. We compare and contrast these with our own understanding and experience of life. In this interchange, we discover meaning.
 
Lutheran Theology
We consider the Lutheran principles that help ground our interpretation of the Bible text. We ask questions that bring those principles and unique Lutheran theological insights into conversation with the text.   

Out of it all, we wonder what God is calling us (individually and as communities of faith) to do. We consider how God’s Word is calling us to do God’s work in the world.