Students at Dallas Theological Seminary have published the first in a series of books in a project to bring the Bible to life for the general population.
One of the authors in the series from Sacra Script Ministries is Rhome van Dyck of British Columbia. He tells OneNewsNow the first volume is on Philippians and is designed to make the Bible more personal and more understandable to the average reader.
"We're trying to fit each person into the story of Scripture and understand what God is doing, in this case through the book of Philippians and the pen of the Apostle Paul as he writes to the church at Philippi," Van Dyck explains. "And then we look at the big picture of how that fits into what God is doing in general and how that effects our lives as individuals today."
It's a Bible study that is Christocentric, as Van Dyck further explains that term.
"We're showing how Christ is ultimately the center of God's word, and each study looks at what is either being pointed to in the Old Testament or how it's being fulfilled in the New Testament text," he says.
The target audience is the average layperson in the local church and it's already being used in Bible studies, Sunday School classes and by individuals and families. The first volume is titledPhilippians: Displaying God in Godless Times?