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Vendor: Christianity Today
Publication Date: 2009
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Series: Quarterly Study Plan Bible Study

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This 12-session course was designed to help you think about art and literature from a Christian perspective, and how they do, or do not, illustrate biblical principles. In this quarterly pack, we look at how art and literature can reveal truth. These handouts can be used for personal study, but can also be used in a Sunday school class or small group to consider how God reveals himself through film, literature, and beauty.


Session One



The Source of All Beauty

What place does beauty have in the life of the Christian?

Genesis 1:26-28; Ecclesiastes 3:11-14; Psalm 27:4; 29:1-2; Ezekiel 16: 8-19, 23-25; John 1:1-5, 9-14


Evangelical Christians value truth and goodness the truth about God, creation, sin, salvation, and loving our neighbor as ourselves. But we don t pay as much attention to beauty. Why not?

Session Two



How Literature Leads Us to God

When the road to faith is paved with great literature.

Proverbs 8:1-12; Luke 18; Acts 17


Mark Storer says his road to faith was paved with great literature. In this study we ll consider if God s truth can be found in literature, even the secular kind.

Session Three



Christians at the Movies

A Christian look at the modern art of film.

Genesis 1:20 31; 2:4 19; Exodus 35:30 35; Psalm 19:1 6; Romans 12:2, 4 8; Ephesians 4:11 13; Philippians 4:8


What is a proper relationship between the church and the arts? How has that relationship changed in recent generations? This study addresses these questions and more.

Session Four



David s Dance Across the Line

What some view as disrespect can be the holiest act of worship.

2 Samuel 6:1-8, 16-23; John 4:1-26


The image of King David dancing joyfully before the Lord in 2 Samuel is a powerful one. His dance teaches not only about how we might worship but, more importantly, whom we worship.

Session Five



Color Your Faith with Poetry

How finely crafted words help us pay attention to God's world.

Psalm 109:1-19; 2 Samuel 1:7-17; Psalm 148; Song of Solomon 4:1-8; Isaiah 40:18-26; Revelation 21:1-5a


Some stirrings of the heart and groans of the spirit don t translate well into prose or three-point reports. Why do we need poetry?

Session Six



Fresh Ways to Connect with the Gospel

Christianity must be presented so it reaches the whole person, not just the mind.

Genesis 1:26, 27; Exodus 35:30 36:2; 2 Chronicles 3, 4; 1 Kings 10:18 20; Hebrews 8:5; Colossians 2:16 3:2


We need to capture the imagination as well as the mind of the unbeliever. We need fresh ways to reflect on the Incarnation as the great myth that is also true.

Session Seven



Hollywood Disciples

Even when they re writing fiction, these Hollywood insiders bring the truth to bear.

Matthew 5:13 16


It s not easy being salt and light in Hollywood. In this study we ll look at the role of Christians in Hollywood and Christ s call to bring the truth to our society.

Session Eight



The Television Dilemma

With hundreds of channels screaming for our attention, how do we decide what or whether to watch.

Matthew 6:27 29; 13:22; 1 Corinthians 10:23 33; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Philippians 4:8; 1 John 2:15 17


TV poses a difficult challenge for most believers. What s the best approach to television? This study will help you consider your TV viewing from a biblical perspective.

Session Nine



What Ned Flanders Tells Us About Christians

Nerdy Ned Flanders is the archetypical evangelical to nonevangelicals.

John 3:16 21; 15:1 16:4; 1 Corinthians 9:19 22; 12:12 26


Is nerdiness a stumbling block to the gospel, or is being un-hip simply the side effect of following Jesus?

Session Ten



Dealing with Our Doubts

What we can learn from Emily Dickinson s struggle for certainty.

Genesis 3:19; Psalm 22:2 5, 22 24; Psalm 73:12 18; Psalm 77:3 13; Ecclesiastes 3: 1 2, 19 20; John 3:16; Romans 8:10 11; 1 Timothy 6:11 12


Is it wrong for a Christian to doubt? Emily Dickinson struggled her entire life to achieve certainty in her beliefs. What can we learn from her poetry about the risks of the Christian faith?

Session Eleven



Become a Literate Christian

Understand the Bible and classic texts to deepen your faith.

Proverbs 3:13 20; Ecclesiastes 1:12 18; 1 Corinthians 8:1 3; Jude


Our society s knowledge of Scripture is almost nonexistent. This study will address that concern and show the importance of becoming a more literate Christian.

Session Twelve



Pass the Torch

Help the next generation hunger after the things of God.

Deuteronomy 6:1 9; Proverbs 3:13 20; Isaiah 55:1; John 12:25; Ephesians 2:10; Revelation 3:17


Hopefully, you feel a great need to pursue the knowledge of Scripture and the great works of Christians in the past. How can we pass that on to the next generation?

Total number of pages - 128 pages


You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies for use in your local church.

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