So I began to work on this blog as a way to build my knowledge of the Bible. As I got into it, I began to realize that I do not have the proper tools to deal with scriptures accurately. I do not have any formal training in how to approach scriptures and therefor have nothing more than an elementary method for studying the Bible and nothing more than elementary understanding. it
Enter the Credo House in north Oklahoma City. This place has caught my attention because they are offering seminary level training in their coffee shop. While it is no replacement for seminary, it gives me structure in studying basic seminary level material.
I am excited because while only in the first class of the series, I have already shifted my perspective on several topics and am currently resulting with several others. It has opened my eyes to see that we “…have to distance ourself emotionally from that which binds us so that we can see if what we cling to is worthy” (Micheal Patton~Credo House Founder).
The classes are 10 weeks long each and are as follows:
- Introduction to Theology
- Bibliology and Hermeneutics
- Humanity & Sin
- Ecclesiology & Eschatology
These classes have been developed by the founders of the Credo house and are used in hundreds of churches for the staff.
Books I am reading right now are as a part of my studies in Introduction to Theology are:
- Systematic Theology: An introduction to Biblical doctrine by Wayne Grudem
- The Mosaic of Christian Belief: Twenty Centuries of Unity & Diversity by Roger E. Olson
Last night as I read I stumbled upon this verse. Proverbs 9:17-18. It reminded me of a dark, dark place. A dirty, mind numbing, heart killing place where no one would want to be. Yet some of us are there anyway. Is it our fault we are here, in this place where the soul goes to die? Yes. Yes it is. But we are not the only one to blame. We were led astray. Because we lacked wisdom, we answered the invitation into a place that was decievingly appetizing yet devilishly torturous.
“‘Let all who are simple come to my house!’ To those who have no sense she says, ‘Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!'” (Romans 9-17 NIV)
As mindless servants we entered, hoping for a taste of that precious morsel we were salivating over. And while at first it was very sweet indeed, seconds later we vomited. Because of our simpleness, our tongue quickly forgot the unsatisfactory taste and again desired the abundance before our eyes. There we remained. Trapped. Returning again and again to the very thing that’s slaying us.
“But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are deep in the realm of the dead.” (Romans 9-18 NIV)
Take some time to think of what the place in Romans 9-18 above looks like and realize that many of us are flirting too closely with it.
“…if we are honest with ourselves, from time to time, we find the light being turned on in our world, and we are amazed (and sometimes embarrassed) at what we see. It isn’t that we don’t know that certain things are not right. We just don’t realize how destructive these things are until the light comes on.” (McGee, Robert. The Search for Significance. 2003)
I was reading this today and was reminded of God’s proposal to us. We are all given a choice between himself or the world.
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
1But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For theLord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.