Our Bible Class resources have been separated into several categories. We encourage you to use them for personal study or as a guide for your own classes wherever you teach. Most likely, you will find ideas and conclusions with which you disagree. Hopefully, this will stimulate discussion and not acrimony. We have come to the conclusion that just about every doctrine with which we disagree started out as a good idea, but then got lost in the weeds. Of course, some have tried to use Christianity for personal gain, but the vast majority of Bible teachers were doing their best to present the truth. All of us have baggage that influences our conclusions. So, we trust God’s promise that He will help the faithful not only find the answers they seek, but also remain united in the process. As Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:21, “Examine everything carefully; keep the good stuff.”
Outlines of New Testament Books – These outlines take a theme approach to each New Testament letter, as opposed to a “sound byte” approach into which modern Christianity has fallen. The goal is to see why the author wrote as he did and what the original audience would have thought. Only then may be find appropriate applications to ourselves.
Topics – These classes arose from someone’s question: “Why do we …?” Many were concepts or practices that we had all just accepted as normal, until someone questioned it. Some confirm that our ideas or practices were in the Bible, some showed us that we were wrong, some clarified the difference between Scripture and tradition. Tradition is not bad, we just need to know that people made it up, not God.
Word Studies – These outlines research all the places a certain word was used in the New Testament so that we could determine the meaning based on the context. Many religion words have become re-defined badly over the centuries, or have simply lost their meaning. Dictionaries do not create definitions; they merely report common usage. By evaluating every context (not just a few favorite verses), we can unravel centuries of misunderstanding.
Old Testament Books – These summaries provide background and continuity for the text. For each prophet, the handout contains historical background, a summary of the passages deemed Messianic by ancient rabbis, New Testament references, and a broad outline. First Samuel is a lengthy companion to the text.
Class PowerPoint – These pdf files show the printed output of a PowerPoint presentation, six frames to a page. If you would like to have the PowerPoint file, please request it through the Contact tab.
Books – Some of our classes extended over numerous weeks, so the class handouts became a book, text rather than an outline.
Sermon Archive – Audio and text files of old sermons are provided for your enjoyment. The audio files may be transferred to CD for listening in the car.