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Introduction to Bible Study

  • Introduction to Bible Study from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Transcript: 
    This week, I want to introduce something new that we are going to experiment with. Learning the Bible chapter by chapter together. I didn’t want to spring this on you suddenly so I wanted to do an introduction first, and talk about how it will work so you can be prepared. It is good for us to have a basic understanding of the scriptures.

    For a while we are going to try teaching the Bible one chapter at a time, and to and make it interactive between us. I will do my best to pull apart a chapter in detail, provide maps and locations, and explain it. You get to read that chapter before hand, and then take a quiz on it afterwards to see what you have learned. Yep, you should pay attention, just like you were in school. If I can teach you what Jesus lived and spoke and make it stick with you, then it can be life changing. 

    The quiz results will be tracked, you will get about 10 points per correct answer, and we will have some fun with the results. We may even have a leader board. Now the Lord may interrupt me at anytime and I may speak on something else, but if He does not then we plan to cover the books of Luke and Acts together. These two books are written by the same author: Luke, and they make up about 27 1/2% of the New Testament, which is the largest contribution made to the New Testament by a single author. This means that word for word, Luke wrote more of the Bible than Paul. 

    The Gospel of Luke was written about 62 A.D. and then the book of Acts the following year, around 63 A.D. There were many eye witnesses still around at that date, and Luke researched and compiled his information, then he told the entire story through the books of Luke and Acts. Early on it was just called “Luke-Acts.” Both Luke and Acts were written by him in refined Koine Greek. They were one book that spanned from the birth of Jesus right on through the coming of the Holy Spirt, and the ministry of the Apostles. 
     
    The two books were written to, and probably paid for, by a man named “Theophilus" which means "Lover of God.” He was probably wealthy and a member of the roman government because of the title: “Most Excellent Theophilus.” It is believed that He hired Luke to tell the story of Jesus in a documentary fashion. Luke then spent years gathering and sorting the information from eye witnesses and then put together the two books, Luke and Acts. So oddly enough, the largest portion of the new testament was written to a single man named Theophilus.  

    Early church accounts say that Luke was a gentile convert, and that he never married. Luke did not grow up in the temple, nor under the law of Moses. Because of this, Luke mostly uses verbatim quotes from the Lord Jesus and he does not talk that much about the law.

    Luke was a physician and a close companion of the Apostle Paul. Paul wrote that: “Luke alone is with me” in 2 Timothy 4:11. That was after everyone else had abandoned him. Luke brought Paul food while he was in prison. He was a plain, humble man that was a servant and a trusted assistant (Col 4:14, Philemon 24). Luke stayed with Paul right up the end when Paul was beheaded under Nero in Rome on June 29nth between 64 to 72 A.D.. 

    Luke himself lived to be 84 years old and he died: “Full of the Holy Spirit.” Foxes book of Martyrs records that Luke was hanged by the priests of Greece on an olive–tree. The anniversary of his martyrdom is on the 18th of October.

    This is just an introduction to what is coming. Please leave us your feedback.


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Samantha Greer
Samantha Greer

Thank you for the introduction, I look forward to learning more. 

God bless, 

September 3, 2017
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David & Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you Paster Dion for the introduction.Im excited for this .

September 3, 2017
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Doris  Childs
Doris Childs

Thank you so very much

September 4, 2017
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Jay Jerisek
Jay Jerisek

I also look forward to learning more. When does the Bible study start ?

 

September 4, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Hi Jay! It will take place on Saturdays at 4pm EST at the RHM Live page: http://www.refreshinghope.org/pages/live. You are already signed up for the annoucements, so should be good to go :). 

September 4, 2017
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

How do we join and when does it start?  Will I get a notification in my email?  I'd love to study Luke and Acts!!  

September 4, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Hi Michelle :)! It will take place on Saturdays at 4pm EST. I signed you up for the email notifications. Here is the page where it will take place: http://www.refreshinghope.org/pages/live. If you have any more questions, just shout out :)!

September 4, 2017
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

Could you sign me up for the email notifications as well Sylvia? thank you! Love Moe

September 4, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Hi Moe! The email notifications are being done through the RHM Live list, so you should already be on that :)

September 4, 2017
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

not thinking clearly lol, thank you Sylvia! :)

September 5, 2017
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

I'm in! Thank you, Pastor Dion.

September 4, 2017
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

I'm really looking forward to this. I need bible study, as do we all. Thank you Pastor! :)

September 4, 2017
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Alvin Gann
Alvin Gann

Thanks Pastor Dion! I'm looking forward to these lessons. I perceive that you are more of a teacher than a preacher. You seemed more at home with this introduction than with some of your sermons. I love Luke-Acts and was privileged to sit under the teaching of Frank Stagg, one of the most important Baptist scholar/teachers of the mid-twentieth century who wrote one of the most insightful commentaries on Acts, entitled simply "The Book of Acts" and several commentaries on Luke. I've also taught both in Sunday School several times. I know I'll benefit from this study.

September 4, 2017
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Great idea, thank you!

September 5, 2017
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Paula Neace
Paula Neace

Great idea, hopefully I can keep up with this and join in.

September 5, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

We will look forward to seeing you there, Paula :)!

September 5, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Question please:  If I can not join you in the "Saturdays at 4pm EST" can you please do it the same manner as we have it under WATCH so I can read and listen at a later date and time.  Thank you very much

September 5, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Hi Deng! Yes, you and anyone else who can't make it will be able to watch it later :)

September 5, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Thank you Sylvia.

September 6, 2017
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Joe Brown
Joe Brown

I did not see this addressed in any of the comments. When will we receive the chapter to be read beforehand? 

 

September 6, 2017
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Yolanda White
Yolanda White

Awesome Bibical History, Thank You

Mar 11
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Bonnie Atkinson
Bonnie Atkinson

I would really like to start and be able to have help going through the Scriptures...thank you...Bonnie

Apr 16
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Hi Bonnie. To participate, just click "Bible Study" on the top menu bar and choose a chapter, watch the video, then take the quiz linked at the bottom. The live meeting currently happens on Sunday mornings at 10AM EST. Clck "Watch" to join us. The links under "bible Study" are our past chapters so people can always catch up later.

Apr 16