The Bible: Random no longer.

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Let’s face it, the Bible can be confusing and seemingly random. The Old Testament is difficult to figure out, and it doesn’t seem to fit with New Testament and the rest of Christianity…but it does.

It’s like a jigsaw puzzle. Unless you see the picture on the cover, you don’t know how all the individual pieces fit together. The Bible Connections courses will show you that picture.

From beginning to end, the Bible is connected. It has an inner unity. It’s God’s plan to save mankind—and you—from the distortion of sin.

Connect to God’s plan

You’ve heard of foreshadowing, right? It’s a literary device where events at the beginning of a story connect to what’s going to happen at the end. Foreshadowing helps you follow the story and understand the character’s motivations.

From the earliest days of the Church, theologians formulated the inner unity of the Bible through typology, the study of how God’s actions in the Old Testament prefigure what happens in the New. Typology is God using foreshadowing. It is the key that unlocks the meaning of the Bible.

God writes the events of history like we write words, and he configured events in the Old Testament to foreshadow and connect to later events in the New. Understanding these connections helps you understand the divine plan, gives you new insights into what God has done, and connects you with what he’s doing in your life here and now.

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Connect to Jesus

Traditionally, Christians read the Old Testament in light of Christ’s life and mission.

Everything that came before points forward to him. Everything after Jesus emanates from him. He’s the bridge that connects the whole Bible together. You can’t fully understand Jesus and his mission apart from this biblical background.

In the Bible Connections courses, you’ll get to know Jesus by first understanding the Old Testament connections and how they foreshadow his life.

Then, you’ll meet Jesus face to face in the Gospels and understand the message of salvation he proclaimed–a message just as meaningful and powerful today as it was then.

 Connect to the Church

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God’s plan culminates in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but it doesn’t end there. Jesus established the Church to carry on his mission of redemption and salvation. The Apostles and apostolic writers reinterpreted the Old Testament in light of Christ’s life and actions. The Book of Acts is how that plays out in the life of the Church. The letters of St. Paul, and the other epistles, are how it plays out in the moral life of the individual believer.

The connections within the Bible were used to formulate Church doctrine and practice. That’s why many Catholic beliefs and devotions aren’t understood by Protestants and those outside the Church…they don’t have a firm grasp of the biblical connections. What does that mean for you? You’ll come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of Catholic beliefs, worship, and practices.

Connect to life

The Bible is not just a book. Sacred Scripture has the power to change you…the way you think, the way you look at the world, and your perspective on life. In the Bible Connections courses, you’ll get insight into what makes a great follower of God, learn how to trust him more, and draw hope for a better life.

Who is Jesus? What difference does he make? How does he save us? How should I live my life in response to him?

These are the questions we’ll consider in the Bible Connections courses. Through the biblical narrative, we’ll paint a picture of Jesus and understand his message of salvation. This is a road map for understanding all the different facets of the Gospel and the Christian plan for life.

So, delve into the Bible’s internal connections to Jesus and the Church, increase your faith, and comprehend the key to a fulfilled Christian life. Or, live your life on your own, without a clear idea of how to harness God’s help and strength. The choice is yours.

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2016-17 Bible Connections Courses

Creation, Covenant & Kingdom

The First Gospel. In the earliest days of the Church, the apostles and early evangelists drew connections to Christ’s Gospel from the Old Testament Scriptures.

This Old Testament study shows you the first gospel–how creation and figures like Abraham, Moses, and David foreshadow God’s redemptive plan in Jesus.

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Synoptic Gospels & Acts

The Living Gospel. Here you meet Jesus face-to-face and see the proclamation of the Gospel in Jesus’ time. In the Book of Acts, the life of Jesus is reflected in the lives of the early Christian believers.

Seeing their trust in the Spirit, how they spread the Faith, and enjoyed community, you’ll understand the model of ideal Christian life and practice.

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The Writings of Paul

The Interior Gospel. St. Paul was the preeminent Christian teacher.

No one did more to formulate Christian doctrine and an understanding of how to live in Christ than Paul.

St. Paul’s letters are all application, diving into the interior of the soul and helping you comprehend your connection to Jesus at the deepest levels.

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Hebrews & Catholic Letters

The Apostolic Gospel. In the epistles, the apostolic writers reinterpreted the Old Testament in light of Christ and applied it to the Christian life.

They give us a glimpse into the Apostolic Gospel…how the apostles taught the first Christians about their life in Christ. Here we understand first hand what it means to be a follower of Christ.

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The Writings of John

The Exalted Gospel. St. John’s gospel soars to the heavens with rich, mystical thought and sacramental meaning. Here you see the Risen Christ through the eyes of the Holy Spirit and faith.

The Book of Revelation shows us what everything is moving toward–union with God in the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, and the partial fulfillment of this we experience every Sunday at Mass.

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