Preparing for spiritual dialog
Be ready to give compelling answers for the tough questions
'Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the REASON for the hope that you have.'  – I Peter 3:15 NIV)
SPRING 2020
Hill Cities to help test a new kind of Bible study
There's a new website and training resource being developed to equip men for intelligent and persuasive dialog with doubters and unbelievers.
The site is called Thinkers Bible Studies. An early form of development is online now at thinkersbiblestudies.com.
Thinkers has asked Hill Cities for help in critiquing the first portions of this site for: (1) accuracy in Bible interpretation, (2) ease of reading and navigation, and (3) practical value in facilitating spiritual dialog with unbelievers.
Two Hill Cities groups will test a new Bible study this spring
How is this Bible study different?
HARD QUESTIONS. This is not a soft-ball study, just giving back answers the author wants. This deals directly with the hard questions people are asking today. This is the kind of site men need and like.
DEEPER. This is much deeper than most Bible studies. For each topic, you select the depth level you want. You can skim the surface for just key points, or go all the way back to the original Hebrew/Greek, or anywhere in-between.
IN THE CLOUD. No need for paper. Everything is in the cloud, instantly accessible anywhere and any time, automatically formatted for desktop, laptop, tablet and phone. For your study, review or reference, a tap of your finger brings up whatever you need in three seconds! (If you want paper, just click PDF button and you get hard copy for notes and handouts.)
TIME-SAVING EFFICIENCY. All relevant Bible verses are laid out for you ready-to-read in NIV version. No need for look-up, but there are links to different translations if you want nuances and verifications. Well-organized and easy navigation.
SOCRATIC METHOD. The Socratic method of learning is not lecture or fill-in-the-blanks, but rather lively questioning and discussion, respecting everyone's opinion. This is the best method for comprehension and retention. Each study is packed with relevant Bible verses and discussion material.
PURPOSE. The specific purpose of Thinkers Bible Studies is not about acquiring more knowledge, but about becoming a more confident and persuasive Christian in conversations with unbelievers. These studies get you prepared with compelling answers and interesting explanations.
Is this Hill Cities' doctrine?
Hill Cities has men from many different spiritual perspectives in its Bible studies. Hill Cities does not try to mould men into any particular doctrinal position but to get men to study the Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to interpret scripture into each man's heart and life.
Thinkers Bible Studies challenge some traditional church doctrines. Leaders within Hill Cities may or may not agree with certain interpretations expressed in these Bible studies, but objectives are accomplished every time men get immersed in scripture ... when they think and pray about what they have read ... and when they arrive at informed personal conclusions.
Considering differing points of view is helpful in solidifying one's own beliefs.
The overriding purpose of this study is to equip men for intelligent and persuasive spiritual conversations with family, friends, neighbors and work associates ... to prepare for answering the tough questions that are barriers to faith.
This study will be particularly helpful to fathers who desire to be informed and respected spiritual leaders with the children.
What groups will test this? When?
Beta testing of the Thinkers Bible Studies will occur in two groups in the spring of 2020. These test studies will be inserted as a transition between regular studies. Jeff Hagen will announce timing to the participating groups.
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