Sunday Evenings Format
Sunday 14 June 2020
Sunday 14 June 2020
Sunday 21 June 2020
Mark 6:1-6 John 4:27-30
Sunday 28 June 2020
The goal of the evening service during lockdown
With the enforced lockdown affecting the gathering of the saints, most churches have had to figure out new ways to provide both biblical content and still engage with community. NUC has successfully launched a YouTube channel on which you can find the Sunday morning sermon by Gavin.
Rather than doing the same for the evening service, we are choosing to do a collaborative Bible study online. Our goal is two engage with the Bible, but in a manner which interacts with people, and encourages conversation and participation. I believe that this is important because of the separation and isolation which people might be feeling. Please check out a sample of what we do
Please check out a sample Below
The process of study
In order to facilitate discussion around the Bible study, we run a passage through 6 lenses. The goal is to pull the text apart together, and share view points. The sharing allows for a greater engagement of the passage than if an individual had to approach the passage by themselves.The six lenses are:
- After having read the passage twice, we note any questions that might arise from our reading. The goal here is NOT to answer the questions; rather we want the questions to create a tension and an awareness as we keep filtering the passage.
- The next step is to mark and highlight the passage. First, we underline repeated concepts and ideas. Second, we highlight what we think are the main points of the passage.
- The third step is to ask six questions: who; what; where; why; when; and how?
- The fourth lens allows us to compare the passage under study with the rest of Scripture. We look for comparison, contrast and clarification.
- The fifth lens checks if any questions have surfaced. It might also help to review the questions we initially raised to see if things are now clearer.
- The final lens is to process what has been learnt through an “application grid”. The goal is to bring the passage to place of practical benefit.
The primary resource used is a computer program called Logos Bible software from Faithflife corporation. They are primarily a computer programme software corporation, but they do have apps for both Android and iOs. I would highly recommend that one checks out their resources. They have some excellent free resources that would be really useful for further study. Check out their website www.logos.com.
How to enhance your study
Although we will unpack each passage as thoroughly as possible, there is so much to Scripture, that we do not plumb the depths of each passage. So, there are several ways to enhance your study. We make the notes available, which means you can further contemplate some of the lenses. You can also consult Bible commentaries and Bible dictionaries. Faithlife Corporation has offered freely both the Faithflife Study Bible and the Lexham Bible dictionary, both excellent resources.
Other programmes that you can check out are Olive Tree and YouVersion.
Starting on 7 June, we will be exploring a new series called “Through the eyes of Jesus”. The series will continue for four weeks, and is aimed at helping us respond to the needs around us in ways that honour Jesus.
How to join the NUC Sunday evening Bible study
Currently we are using Zoom for video streaming. To ensure that we keep security as a high priority, we send out invites directly to people. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more information.