Reading the Bible with a Christ-centered Lens

Bible

We had our discipleship class for the third time last Wednesday, March 1 and our topic was on the importance of “Reading the Bible with a Christ-centered Lens. ” We watched a video interview of Jeff McSwain by Dr. Mike Feazell after which we gave our thoughts, impressions and what we have learned about the topic.

Before the video, I first began to share my blog on “How to Study the Bible.” I explained that essentially, there are two tasks involved in studying the Bible (or doing Hermeneutics). The first task is to get the facts and the second is on the application of the facts to our modern situation. Please visit the link for more on this one.

I also discussed with the group the importance of understanding “Figurative Language in the Bible.” I wrote about this topic here in my blog site. Please click the link if you want to know more about this subject. This topic was also explained by Dr. Mike Feazell in his book, The Liberation of the Worldwide Church of God which was published in 2001.

I also suggested reading the articles: 1) Inspiration, Authority and Reliability of Scripture and also, 2) The Written Word of God. These articles are from the website of Grace Communion International.

Additional reading assignments were given to read 1) Why Bother with Theology by Joseph Tkach and also, 2) Strong Theology vs. Weak Theology by Joseph Tkach. This will be next week’s topic.

With these two articles, we will begin using the 40 Days of Discipleship, a discipleship material provided for free by my denomination which is “a self-paced doctrinal instruction plan.” Since we will only meet once a week, we will see how it goes and maybe add some more reading assignments per week.

For the benefit of those who are following us online, here’s a video recording of that third session:

Pastoral Visit in Palawan

A cool, nice home with sawali walls in the province. I cannot call this house as a nipa hut anymore since its roof is no longer nipa. It’s GI sheet roofing with some white plastic ones in some areas for natural light to come in.

After more than 15 years, I was back in Palawan this last weekend of January. I was told that my last visit there was in 2001. During my last visit, my family and I were only able to visit around the city proper of Puerto Princesa but this time, I was able to sleep overnight out in Bahile which is about an hour away from the city proper. It was a quiet and peaceful environment — a nice place to rest and relax.

The sisters. I thought I had plenty of time to photoshoot but then our national director arrived early from Puerto Princesa. So I missed the chance to photoshoot some more haha!

Together with our church’s national director, we went to Palawan to visit our church members in the area and to join in the local church’s first anniversary celebration. There was also a wedding for a young couple which I had the privilege of co-officiating with the national director. We also visited a wake for a church member whose mother died. So we had a chance to comfort the bereaved family. There were 8 baptisms too. I was also able to preach to our brethren in Puerto Princesa.

I have not slept inside a mosquito net for many years now. This reminded me of my boyhood years in my hometown. Amusing. It was fun to sleep in one again.