Just got done teaching a series at Colossae that I called, “God Speaks.” It was a way of teaching through the different literary genres of the Old Testament. The point was to show what God is uniquely saying to us through the various genres. I taught this series for a few reasons:
(1) I wanted to entice people to read scripture more, particularly the Old Testament.
(2) It’s a subversive way of teaching hermeneutics (bible study methods).
We all know that God speaks to us through the scriptures, but we often lose sight of the fact that He speaks to us in different ways through the scriptures. He’s telling the same story, but we learn different things about Him and ourselves through the various literary genres. So, we went through the following messages:
- God Speaks, Through Narrative. God chooses specific historical events to reveal who He is and who we are in light of Him. I taught through Genesis 1-6 in this message.
- God Speaks, Through Law. We learn about our complete inability to be perfect and thus it leads us to a full recognition of our moral failure in God’s eyes. We taught through Leviticus 16.
- God Speaks, Through Poetry. We learn ways we can worship God regardless of our emotional state – no matter how high or low we get. I taught through Psalm 77 for this message.
- God Speaks, Through Prophecy. We see how God is inviting His people into the blessing of depending on Him. I taught through Joel 2 and Jeremiah 7.
- God Speaks, Through Wisdom. This is where God reveals the hindsight of others so it can become our foresight. I taught through an overview of Ecclesiastes.
What are ways you’ve tried to entice people to read scripture?