21 Mar 研读圣经虽困难…(Studying the Bible can be Difficult but …)
The combined university Chinese CF Bible study camp, with the theme, Full Armour of God, was held from 7–10 January 2019 at Jubilee Church. 30 of us gathered to study the letters of the New Testament, focusing on the history and culture of the Roman empire, the Jewish traditions, persecutions faced by Christians at that time and how to apply the OIA (Observation, Interpretation, Application) method to study these letters in detail.
We used the books of Philemon, James and others, as examples to practise the OIA method. These three OIA steps are not as easy as it seems, as we tend to subconsciously use our own perception to understand the verses. It was when we began to study the Bible passage in depth, we discovered that many details were actually linked to the culture and tradition of that time. This made the study more challenging but meaningful.
Apart from studying the Bible, we also played some games. One of the more meaningful games was ‘Angels and Mortals’. In this game, each camper was assigned with one mortal and he/she had to write letters anonymously to his/her mortal every day. The content could be lessons learnt from the sessions or any Bible verses as words of encouragement. This game helped to bond the brothers and sisters to be more united in Christ.
As a first-timer to the Bible study camp, the camp has challenged me in various areas. Apart from the mental strength required to do the Bible studies, and depth of the language used, what was most challenging was how to apply what I have learnt into our daily Bible reading discipline. I have never finished reading the entire Bible. However, after this camp, I felt that I should at the very least finish reading the New Testament this year. To achieve this requires lots of commitment and perseverance from me. All in all, this camp has challenged me to make studying the Bible a part of my everyday life.
Tan Zi Hyn Judith 陈芷欣
NTU Chinese Studies, Year 1