Monday, February 16, 2009

Spectrum Bible Study

General Overview of the method:
I think that this is a very important method of study. We as Christians should want to know how other people view the Bible and what their beliefs are compared to our own. It will help us better form our views and will help us better understand our fellow man. If we get a better idea how others understand things we can get along better and live the way we were meant to live. It helps us see how others interpret the Bible and it will help us better understand one another. We get to ask questions, find answers and see why people believe the things they do based on history. It gives you a better perspective. The teacher develops a “spectrum” of different views for the class to view. You have to see the differences from an open mind and some of the things won’t make you happy at all.

Age Level:
This is good for high school classes and adult classes but I think you could include these things with the middle school kids. We should be aware of the differences throughout Christianity.

Specific Materials/Supplies/Handouts Required:
o Research
o Bible
o Handouts of the differences, comparison charts
o Open minds
o Chalkboard
o Pens/pencils/chalk

Step by step instructions for the model:
Read your Bible passage. Have the class think about the different ways they have heard this scripture interpreted and have them list them on a chalk board. As you talk and lecture, add or modify the board. Have your class explore more in depth the various aspects to each point. See what points you can identify with and have the students talk about why they can see it that way. It can lead to really cool discussions but be careful.

Evaluation of the model (strengths/weaknesses):
It’s important to be very open-minded. This is a subject that can turn people off but it can be very rewarding. I think this is an important part of studies. You need to see where other people are coming from.

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