Christian churches look to the Bible as the foundation of worship and study, yet Christian churches differ in their approach to these sacred texts. We use the tools of modern biblical criticism to seek more light and truth from the scriptures, which are a living witness to faith. While we take the Bible seriously, we approach the text historically and critically to discern God’s message for our lives here and now.
How does the Bible speak to us?
We believe the Bible is a book of faith. The Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) tell us of the ancient Israelite people on their journey of faith and their struggles. The New Testament continues the narrative as a witness to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and to the developing early church. The biblical writers were conditioned by their culture and history even as they were inspired by their faith. Some of the language of the Bible is not literal but metaphorical. We look within the story to find its meaning for our lives.
How do we study the Bible?
Today we confront issues and conditions that were unknown to the biblical writers. We turn to scriptural witness to illumine our theological and ethical wrestling with today’s challenges. We have a joyful expectancy that new insights and guidance will come from careful study and meditation. In understanding the deeper messages of scripture, we are not limited by past interpretations.
Opportunities for study include:
- Study Groups
- Guest lecturers and Spiritual Searcher programs
- Individual study