A New Way of Looking at Christianity

A New Way of Looking at Christianity

I am learning a lot. As a person who loves books and research and study, I applied for a second Doctoral Privilege in a new program at Master’s International School of Divinity, where I also happen to work. This new program is unlike any I have heard about in the United States. It teaches critical thinking about the nature of Christianity, its history and its real place in the world.

We are nine. We started out with 13, four have dropped out, and while that may seem intimidating, the cohort that remains is dedicated to go wherever the evidence leads. Evidence: that seems like a funny word for this venture. You see, one of the things we are discovering is that we, as Christians, have been so influenced by the Western idea of worldview, that we don’t even know when we are superimposing our Greek onto our Hebrew. We want to have everything in a nice little box. We want the right Bible, the right answer, the right denomination and the right techniques for “making” other Christians. Our idea of discipleship is a set of rules we have to follow. The rules are: read your Bible every day, pray, learn “Christianeze”, memorize some verses and go perpetrate them on the people who fall into your path. That’s GREEK…but we are not Greek. We need to be Jewish, and discipleship, as a Jewish person, looks a whole lot different.

We are learning much in our little group. We are learning that we are not Greek, but rather Jewish. We have gotten the idea somehow that we are divorced from our Israeli roots and are somehow autonomous! NOT! We are the ones who have been grafted into the Jewish community, not the other way around, and our arrogance has prevented us from seeing the truth and changing our direction back to our roots.

I am going to change the direction of my blog. While I have been going through books of the Bible, I am going to go topical. These topics, however, may surprise and challenge what you thought you knew. You will learn as I learn. So be open to God’s work in your lives. Be open to change of direction. I will share what I learn and we can share together what God does with that…..

Here’s to a different Direction!

See Ya Next Time

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:
Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. http://www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

 

 

 

Steps to join this study:

1. Pick out a segment of your favorite Gospel story.
2. Write a paragraph about what you think it is about
3. Email me the paragraph; you don’t have to identify yourself.
4. Pray and ask God to keep your heart and mind open to new things.
5. Find the Old Testament cross references to your passage.
6. Look up those passages and follow the cross reference “bunny trails” for those verses
7. Write a paragraph on how those verses change the idea of what you first thought.
8. If you can access reference materials (studylight.org) try to find the original meanings of some of the key words in your passage.
9. Email me a paragraph on what you learned.
10. Be ready for discussion.

You are free to use this study on your website or blog as long as you include the following:
Rev Dr. Cheryl A Durham, Biblical Counselor, Discipleship Coach, Above and Beyond Discipleship Ministries, provides services for individuals and groups online and via teleconference. http://www.abovenbeyonddiscipleship.com

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