Small Group Opportunity for Bible Scholars – Really!


Western Seminary is offering a course on Commonly Misunderstood Verses of the Bible for small groups. The 12 week format, starting January 7, is very flexible. Your group can register for only $50.00. What a cool opporunity for those groups that like to go deep! Learn more here...

Western Seminary is offering a small group course for your Bible scholar types to dig into! The course, led by Dr. Robert Van Voorst will encourage faithful study of the scripture by thinking deeply about favorite, but commonly misunderstood verses of the Bible.  This course is available for group enrollment from January 7 - September 30, 2014.  Materials are available the entire year of 2014.

Your group can choose any of the verses in any order to study up to 12 weeks, plus an introduction week.  Dr. Van Voorst will post discussion materials, interactive videos and will make himself available to your group throughout the 2014 to profoundly enhance your group's discussion and answer questions.

Your group facilitator will have access to Canvas, Western Theological Seminary's online learning portal, where materials, videos and information will be housed.

The cost of this group is only $50 per group.  Minimum of three participants and one facilitator per group, please.

Please note that because many of the materials used in this course will soon become a book, they will be copyrighted.  Your group can register here.

The verses your group can choose from follow:

Watch Between Me and Thee -  “Laban called the pillar Mizpah, for he said, ‘The Lord watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other’” (Genesis 31:49)

Eye for an Eye - “If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe” (Exodus 21:23-25).

Hiding the Word - “Your word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).

Train Up a Child - “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

End of the World - “For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17).

I Know the Plans - “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Poor Always with You - “The poor you have with you always” (Mark 14:7; see also Matthew 26:11 and John 12:8).

Left Behind - “I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken and the other left” (Luke 17.34-35).

Good Samaritan - “But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him” (Luke 10:33-34).

All Things for the Good  - “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28, RSV).

Do all Things - “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Stand at the Door - “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).

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