Series Mysterious Bible Texts

As we attempt to Discover the Word, we often encounter texts that are puzzling. How do we come to understand those texts and still handle the scriptures accurately? In this week of conversations, we look at five such "mysterious texts" and see how to deal with such difficult passages.

Dates November 28-December 2, 2016
# of Programs 5
At The Table Mart DeHaan, Elisa Morgan, Bill Crowder
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Part 1 - 11/28/16

Exploring mysterious texts of the Bible

The Bible has a number of confusing texts that bemuse, baffle, and befuddle us! So how do we make sense of them? Today on Discover the Word, we set out to explore some “Mysterious Bible Texts” starting with 1 Corinthians 15 where Paul talks about “being baptized for the dead.” That’s a head scratcher until you understand this verse in its historical context. Join the study today on Discover the Word!

Part 2 - 11/29/16

Grasping the “good gifts” Christ died to give us

This week on Discover the Word, join a series of conversations that examine some mysterious texts in the Bible. Today, we will discuss Ephesians 4:8–10, where the apostle Paul quotes Psalm 68 with all its strange talk about “ascending” and “descending” and conquering kings who either take or give gifts. It sounds almost like a riddle until you grasp the “good gifts” Christ our King died to give us! Listen today to Discover the Word!

Part 3 - 11/30/16

Humbly accepting the “tension of mystery”

Being finite beings, we’re limited in how much we can understand. And that’s why some Bible passages really challenge us. Today on Discover the Word, the team will discuss 1 Peter 3:18–20 where Peter talks about Christ’s spirit “preaching to the spirits in prison.” It’s another one of those strange texts that remind us that sometimes we just need to humbly accept the “tension of mystery” found in the Bible! Be listening today to Discover the Word!

Part 4 - 12/01/16

Context can help us understand mysterious texts

“What’s going on here?” How many times have you asked that while reading your Bible? Well, as we reveal today on Discover the Word it’s so often all about the context! Context can help us understand mysterious texts, like in Jude 9 where it talks about Michael the archangel disputing with the devil about the body of Moses. What?! Well, see if the context helps when you tune in today to Discover the Word!

Part 5 - 12/02/16

Concluding a week long study on “Mysterious Bible Texts”

It’s a question about the Bible that people have asked through the centuries. Who exactly were the sons of God who married the daughters of men back in the Old Testament? Were they angels, demons or demon-possessed men? There are a number of possible explanations. Today on Discover the Word, we will talk about all the theories attached to Genesis 6:1–4.  Conclude the week with the group exploring some “Mysterious Bible Texts” when you join the discussion today on Discover the Word!

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