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What book is good for those new to the faith that would be good to give them regarding how to understand the Bible?

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I think Fee's book is a good primer for anyone:

https://www.amazon.com/How-Read-Bible-All-Worth/dp/0310246040
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AMR's suggestion is a good one. I have also heard good things about this book. Truth for All Time: A Brief Outline of the Christian Faith, by John Calvin. it is only 77 pages so more of a booklet.
JI Packers, Knowing God is excellent also.
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Thanks!
That was the same book used at my bible school when teaching on how to understand the Bible...

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AMR's suggestion is a good one. I have also heard good things about this book. Truth for All Time: A Brief Outline of the Christian Faith, by John Calvin. it is only 77 pages so more of a booklet.
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Knowing God is very good, but did not know Calvin wrote that booklet...

Have you ever read Lnowing Scripture by RC Sproul, as wondering if that would be a good fit also?

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That was the same book used at my bible school when teaching on how to understand the Bible...


DWf1,

When you post be specific about to whom you are responding. In your post quoted above, "that was the same book" may refer to any book mentioned before your post. So, which book exactly are you saying was used at your Bible School?
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Have you ever read Lnowing Scripture by RC Sproul, as wondering if that would be a good fit also?


You rarely can go wrong using Sproul's books.
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The Bible!

Why do we always need to go first to books?

The bible and a good church is what a new believer needs much more then anything else. The only book I would recommend would be a decent Bible dictionary to help people with places and people.
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This would be for a class setting in the church, as newly saved could benefit from a Bible aid...

Would you advise using something like the new Bible Dictionary than?

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This would be for a class setting in the church, as newly saved could benefit from a Bible aid...


DWf1,

Would have helped if you had mentioned this in your starting post instead of dropping this important tidbit well into the discussion. Your opening post implied some individual person, new to the faith, in need of supplementary materials to accompany Bible study. Why did you omit this vital fact in your opening post?

If it is a class setting, the teacher should prepare materials using the Bible and, if needed, whatever guide he is comfortable using.

These materials should be such that they are usable by the persons in the class for their own personal Bible study afterwards.

For new believers in a class, I do not think assigning a book to the class and teaching from that book, unless it is the Bible, is the right way to go.
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This would be for a class setting in the church, as newly saved could benefit from a Bible aid...


DWf1,

Would have helped if you had mentioned this in your starting post instead of dropping this important tidbit well into the discussion. Your opening post implied some individual person, new to the faith, in need of supplementary materials to accompany Bible study. Why did you omit this vital fact in your opening post?

If it is a class setting, the teacher should prepare materials using the Bible and, if needed, whatever guide he is comfortable using.

These materials should be such that they are usable by the persons in the class for their own personal Bible study afterwards.

For new believers in a class, I do not think assigning a book to the class and teaching from that book, unless it is the Bible, is the right way to go.


Sounds like that you are describing having a book that helps them to know how to read and apply good interpreting techniques to their bible study? proper bible study methods?

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This would be for a class setting in the church, as newly saved could benefit from a Bible aid...


DWf1,

Would have helped if you had mentioned this in your starting post instead of dropping this important tidbit well into the discussion. Your opening post implied some individual person, new to the faith, in need of supplementary materials to accompany Bible study. Why did you omit this vital fact in your opening post?

If it is a class setting, the teacher should prepare materials using the Bible and, if needed, whatever guide he is comfortable using.

These materials should be such that they are usable by the persons in the class for their own personal Bible study afterwards.

For new believers in a class, I do not think assigning a book to the class and teaching from that book, unless it is the Bible, is the right way to go.


Sounds like that you are describing having a book that helps them to know how to read and apply good interpreting techniques to their bible study? proper bible study methods?


I am describing a situation wherein there is a teacher of this class you mentioned late in the discussion. The teacher can rely upon whatever aids him to achieve the purpose of the class. The teacher will synthesize the materials he relies upon into a set of handouts for the class to use, discuss in class, and take home for further personal Bible study.

Here is an excellent set of such materials used in teaching others in a church setting:

http://www.firstprescolumbia.org/om-schooloftheology

Note that the handouts provide key points with plenty of opportunity for notes during the class and personal bible study by the student at home. Obviously the class oral and printed materials required reference to numerous resources by the teacher. The student need not be obligated to read these resources.

The bottom line is that selecting the teacher of such a class is not something done lightly. Choose a man, if not the pastor, who has shown himself to be equipped for the task.

EDIT: Frankly speaking, if the church is relatively small in size, I know of no task more suited to the pastor as this one. In this case delegating this task to another person would be out of the question for me personally as a pastor. There is only one Shepherd needed for a small flock. That said, if the church has a minister in training, delegating the task to this man, with close supervision by the pastor, is not out of the question.
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Thank you for that link, as that looks like the material would also be suitable dor cell groups, as can use the video for discussion...

As finding out that some in my church are interested in getting to know more about Calvinism and the Bible, but they have preconceived notions on it that need to be answered before they can move forward!

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