What is this book called the Bible? Where did it come from and why is it important? Why is it arranged the way it is? How do bible teachers get so much out of just a few verses? How will reading all this history and these lists of names and stories help grow my faith and love for Jesus?
Biblical interpretation is something everyone can do. The technical word for this practice is “hermeneutics”, a term that comes from a Greek word meaning “to explain, interpret, or translate.” Using the verb, Luke informs us that Jesus explained to the two disciples on the Emmaus Road what the Scriptures said about him (LK 24:27). Paul uses the noun in 1 Corinthians 12:10 to refer to the gift of the interpretation of tongues. In essence, hermeneutics involves interpreting or explaining. So don't let big words or new ideas stop you from diving into the depths of biblical understanding. The tools and techniques in this curriculum will open up a new world of biblical literacy and ultimately, effective, obedient discipleship.
- To provide the student with practical tools for reading the bible and understanding its meaning.
- To provide the student with opportunities to apply tools and practice biblical interpretation in community and a safe learning environment.
- To provide practical tools that the student can use for the rest of their life to both know God and grow in their discipleship.
Pastor Glen Prior
Glen Prior loves the church and lives out his personal call to exalt the name of Jesus, equip the saints for service, and expand the Kingdom of God within the Free Methodist Church. A graduate of Azusa Pacific Seminary (M.Div), Glen is committed to building sustainable, Christ-centered ministries beginning with the whole-formation of leaders through education, discipleship, and reflection and extending out to the best practices of leadership within the church. Since 1994, he has served in executive ministry roles within the Free Methodist Church. He has twice filled the role of Executive Pastor, served as the Director of Business and Ministry Development for the FMC Southern California, and in 2015 was appointed acting Superintendent over a conference of churches in Arizona and New Mexico. Most recently, in 2018 Glen was also elected to the Superintendent Team of the FMC Southern California Conference to lead a group of churches in fulfilling the mission of the church to love God, love people, and make disciples.