研读圣经虽困难…(Studying the Bible can be Difficult but …)

2019年的联合大学研经营于1月7日至10日在长老会禧年堂举办。以“全备的军装”为主题,30位营员一同探讨了新约中的书信。透过营会,我们主要了解到了当时的罗 马帝国历史与文化、犹太人的传统习俗、基督教所面临的逼迫,以及如何使用归纳法OIA(Observation观察,Interpretation分析,Application应用)去研读这些书信。

呈现我们观察的结果 (Presenting our observations)

在课上,我们以腓利门书、雅各书等书卷来练习如何用归纳法研读这些书信。这三个步骤看似简单,但并非如此。我们常在观察书信内容时,不自觉 地以我们原有的观点去阅读;而在分析内容的时才发现原来有许多的细节都关乎当时的文化习俗,这使到我们在阅读分析这些内容变得困难。

除了研读圣经以外,营会中我们也玩了一些游戏。其中一项蛮有意义的游戏是“天使与凡人”。每一位营员都有自己的“凡人”,每天以匿名“天使”的方式来写信给自己的凡人。信中的内容可以是分享课后的心得以及鼓励的经文等。这样的彼此鼓励也促进了弟兄姐妹之间的凝聚力。

对于第一次参加研经营的话,营会从各个方面对我发起了挑战。除了在研读圣经的精神上的挑战、深奥的语言,我认为最重要的是如何把所学习到的运用在每日读经中。我从来没有好好地读完过整本圣经,但参加研经营后,我觉得今年至少要认真地读完新约,了解神的道。而要完成这个目标实在挑战我的恒心。总的来说,这次的研经营让我学习到了很多,同时也挑战我要持续地研读圣经。

应用 (Application)

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.

 

Written by
Tan Zi Hyn Judith 陈芷欣
NTU Chinese Studies, Year 1

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