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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

{The Book Club at Desiring Virtue}

Photo Credit: Jessalyn Hutto at Desiring Virtue
I want to share Desiring Virtue's Summer Reading Selection with you.  I'm eagerly looking forward to being a part of the book club, and learning more about the Bible.  I've copied Jessalyn's post here, so that you can find out what this awesome study is all about.  Please read on to get all of the information, and I hope you join me on this Summer reading challenge to dig deeper into Biblical theology.

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"Today I am thrilled to announce The Book Club’s first Summer Reading Selection! Together, we will be going through Graeme Goldsworthy’s book According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible.
According To Plan focuses on two main things: the overarching storyline of the Bible and the Gospel. When I first threw out the idea on Facebook of beginning a book study I asked whether you would be more interested in a study on how all of Scripture fits together or in seeing Christ in the Old Testament. Most of those who answered said they would like to learn more about how we see Christ in the Old Testament. As I went about making the decision of which book to start out with, I couldn’t get around the fact that our difficulty seeing Christ in the OT often arises from our misunderstanding of the Bible’s complete unity. We often have difficulty understanding the OT because we don’t see it as primarily about Christ and the unfolding of the redemptive story. According to Plan is one of the best resources available for helping us to do just that.  Here is the publisher’s description:
“The massive diversity and complexity of the Bible can make it a daunting project for anyone to tackle. Getting a grasp on the unity of the Bible, its central message from Genesis to Revelation, helps immensely in understanding the meaning of any one book or passage. That is the goal of this book by Graeme Goldsworthy.
  • How do the Old and New Testaments fit together?
  • What is the point of biblical theology?
  • What is the overall story of the Bible?
  • What difference does it make?
Goldsworthy answers these questions with an integrated theology of both Old and New Testaments that avoids unnecessary technicalities. Concise, pithy chapters featuring dozens of charts, highlighted summaries and study questions make According to Plan an enormously useful book for understanding how the Bible fits together as the unfolding story of God’s plan for salvation.
I chose this particular book because it will be challenging to each of us and yet accessible to those who haven’t yet dipped their toes in the deep waters of biblical theology.
“This guide is written for those who have not had any formal theological education. Provided you have a desire to know the Scriptures, even if you have only achieved a very basic knowledge so far, this book is designed for you. Of course, if you have been to Bible college or theological college this book could still be for you. I believe that many preachers, ministers, Scripture teachers, youth leaders and the like will benefit from studying the basics of biblical theology. So, this is a beginner’s guide in the sense that I have tried to introduce the subject without assuming much prior knowledge. I do assume, however, that you are a believer in Jesus Christ and that you have some basic understanding of what the Bible is all about.” -Graeme Goldsworthy
According to Plan is sure to challenge us as we learn what biblical theology is and encourage us as we develop a tighter grasp on how the Gospel relates to and illuminates all of Scripture. 
“It is my deep conviction that every part of the Bible is given its fullest meaning by the saving work of Christ who restores a sinful, fallen creation and makes all things new.” (According to Plan)
You can read an entire chapter of Goldsworthy’s book here.
I hope you will join me on May 21st as we begin to work through this book together!
Stay tuned for more information about our first book study as well as your own printable bookmark!
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