What we believe of Holy Scripture will determine how we will work with it in your counseling sessions.If you believe that it is God’s Word and therefore infallible in its counsel you will convey its message with zeal and live a holy life.You will be blessed in what you do.Below you will find that which Christians believe about the Bible.
Module 3 deals with the orientation of the Bible Books in the salvation history.We will plot every book against its historical background.This background is called the Salvation History.Salvation History describes how God employed the great plan of his salvation in Christ in human history.See for instance how Peter and Daniel take this into account.Peter explains that Christ was handed over by God “by his set purpose and foreknowledge” to be raised from the dead (Acts 2:23).Daniel enquires into the salvation history as revealed by his predecessor, the prophet Jeremiah.Daniel finds salvation history essential for his understanding of Gods plan with Israel (Daniel 9:2).In module 3 you will therefore learn to place the Bible books in salvation history.To understand Gods message to us it is important that we read them in this context.We must understand in what time He revealed what to whom and in what situation to try and fathom the deepest meaning of the message in Christ.First you will learn the over arching salvation historical line.This is in order to know where each book fits in.Then you will learn the smaller periods in this bigger line.Take for example the period of the kings of Israel.You must know this period to know where the individual prophets fit in.
Module 4 takes us to the climax of salvation history, the Gospels. It is in the Gospels that the Old Testament, the Word of God up to that time, became flesh (John 1:14). In them we will learn about the life of Christ, why He lived to help others, so that we can live in Christ and lead others to Him.Module 4 therefore deals with the New Testament books.The New Testament is the completion of the Old Testament and of the whole Bible (Heb1:1-2). Through faith in the message of the Gospels God recreates us. He makes us a new being in his Son.
We will study the four gospels as true historical records of the life of Christ.The unifying factor in them is Christ’s life. a Chronology of his life will help us to fit the four Gospels into it.
We will also look at how our Lord moved during his ministry on earth.With the aid of a chronology and his itinerary we will understand every gospel better and see that they all harmonize with each other as true historical documents.We see how the different gospels fit into the same chronology.
To study Christ's life and makes sure about the facts is nothing new. Luke did the same! He did his own research of Christ’s life before writing his own gospel (Luke 1:1-4).
Module 5 deals with the life and letters of Paul.The letters of Paul is a result of the Gospels, Christ’s life on earth. The ascended Christ called Paul as a missionary to the heathens (Acts 9; Gal 1:17).
After founding the different congregations Paul wrote letters to them, instructing them in the walk of faith.By understanding something of the origins of Paul’s letters and their situation you will be able to understand their messages better.This will again help you to apply them correctly to your pastoral situation.
After describing the history of Christ in his Gospel, Luke goes on to describe the history of the apostles in his second Book, the Acts of the apostles. The apostles are described as instruments in Christ's hand (Acts 1:8; see Mark 16:19-20).
But Luke chose to elaborate on only the acts of two apostles. He chose the life of the two main apostles, Peter (Acts 1-8) and Paul (Acts 9-28).This classification sets the basis of the classification of the Books of the New Testament.From this description of Paul’s travels we now can trace the origins of the New Testament Letters he wrote to the different congregations.In this way you are much more familiar with the details of the letters.But if you still struggle to understand Paul’s letters, read 2 Peter 3:16.