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- Click on the Session 3 Discussion link and create a new thread to respond to the discussion prompt. After posting your initial response, please comment on classmates’ responses. Respond by making constructive responses or by raising other questions that will promote further discussion and learning by all of us.It is best practice to post early and continually participate throughout the session. You will be graded not only for your posting, but your participation in this discussion. Your initial post is due by Wednesday at 11:59 P.M. (MST) of the session in which the discussion is assigned. A minimum of two (2) additional response posts are due on Sunday at 11:59 P.M. (MST). These are minimum requirements. Be sure to follow any additional guidelines posted by the instructor for the course in regards to discussions.Review the rubric for the discussion.
Review the discussion prompt below. Then prepare a list of talking points in order to be prepared for the class discussion. Please bring a printed copy to class.
Discussion Prompt: Big Ideas
For your reading this week, you were also asked to choose one additional chapter from Bickel and Jantz (1998). Each chapter covers specific concepts related to a book or several books in the bible.Share which chapter you read, and discuss how the chapter fits in or reflects the overall theme of the Bible. Then, share concepts/ideas in that chapter that can be applied to either a situation in your life right now, or how you have seen it applied in the past. Use one verse from that chapter or section of the Bible.For example,I chose the chapter on Revelation. Revelation is a really interesting book that outlines the â€œend timesâ€. This relates to the overall theme of the Bible because Jesus comes back in Revelation and we pretty much see the whole â€œJesus is our Saviorâ€ theme come full circle! Literally, He comes to save us on a white horse! Itâ€™s pretty cool.
As I read it, I reflected on my own life. You see, I am a worrier. I worry about everything, and I hate it when my pastor preaches about the end times, because I am worried about what is going to happen! I remember reading the Left Behind Series, but Iâ€™m not sure how accurate they were now that I have dug deeper into what the book of Revelation actually says. As I read this, I came to realize how futile it is to worry about what is going to happen. First of all, it sounds like God has everything planned outâ€¦ and God has everything under control. I especially loved Revelation 21:3-5: â€œAnd I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, â€œLook! Godâ€™s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. â€˜He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed awayâ€. This verse gives me hope.
A unique part of your experience as a student at Colorado Christian University is that the University presents courses and course content in light of a biblical worldview. Foundational to understanding a biblical worldview is understanding the message and purpose of Scripture. In our discussion this week, we asked you to practice applying Scripture to key words and topics. This is something that you will be asked to do throughout your time at CCU.But, as in anything that you read, understanding the context is everything. Your reading in Bickel and Jantz (1998) this week also gives you a broad, sweeping view of the context of Scripture. After reading the story of the Bible in this format (with the five â€œactsâ€), answer the following questions in a question and answer format, but be sure to use complete sentences and check your spelling and grammar prior to submitting. In total, your assignment should be 250 â€“ 500 words.
- According to Bickel and Jantz (1998), what is the main theme of the Bible? (Provide cited support from your text for this theme.)
- How does this theme compare to your current view or understanding of the Bible?
- How can understanding the big picture of the Bible help you as you seek to apply Scripture to course content? (Provide specific examples to support your response.)
Click on the Session 3 Questions link to submit your assignment by the posted due date. Review the rubric available in Due Dates and Grades for specific grading criteria.How to reference the reading assignments for this session:CAGS adheres to APA Style for references, citations, and the general format of student papers. Examples of how to cite some of the reading assignments are provided for you.References PageBickel, B. & Jantz, S. (1998). Knowing the Bible 101: A guide to God’s word in plain language. Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers.In-text Citations(Bickel & Jantz, 1998)(Bickel & Jantz, 1998, p. __) â€“ If you are using a direct quote.*Remember, because Scripture is considered a classical text, you do not need to include it on your references page, but you do need to include an in-text citation. Be sure to include the version of the Bible you are using in your first citation. You may abbreviate subsequent citations as below.(John 3:16, New International Version)John 3:16 (NIV)