Rule #1 - Watch Out for Your Preconceptions

Overview of the Lesson

Everyone approaches the Bible with a set of predispositions about what it says. Our experience, church tradition, language and culture all play a part in this process and sometimes hinder our ability to listen to the Bible on its own terms.

In this lesson we will provide examples of different blind spots to enable students to approach the Bible in a more balanced way. These include:

  1. The impact of our experiences (both good and bad) on our beliefs about specific Bible teachings and God.
  2. The impact of our denominational or religious heritage which shapes how we view certain Bible doctrines.
  3. The impact of our own language and culture which causes us to interpret certain words or concepts in the Bible through our own modern cultural lens. 

Discussion

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