First Principles

The Women’s Ministry offers a class called First Principles (through the Charles Simeon Trust). The format of the class includes instructional video,  in class lecture/discussion,  and small group practice. The class will be offered at various times throughout the year. If you are interested in participating in our next class, please email kharrick@briarwood.org.

The First Principles class focuses on the foundational principles of studying and teaching the Bible. Whether you teach a group or teach your own children, this class will help you better understand and rightly handle the Word of God. The skills presented allow us to more clearly listen to what the text itself communicates. The following is an overview of the content covered in the course.

LESSON 1: Staying on the Line
In this first lesson of First Principles, Nancy Guthrie tackles the sufficiency of the Scriptures and what happens when we add or subtract from them.

Lesson 2: Pathway for Preparation
In this lesson of First Principles, Colleen McFadden shares an overview of how an expositor might begin to approach the Word of God, a pathway for working through a text.

Lesson 3: Context
In this lesson of First Principles, Susan Jahns explores how understanding both the literary and historical context can help you better understand and apply the text.

Lesson 4: Structure
In this lesson of First Principles, Colleen McFadden works through strategies for uncovering the structure of a particular text of Scripture, so that the emphasis of the text might be discovered.

Lesson 5: Melodic Line
In this lesson of First Principles, Colleen McFadden suggests that one key to understanding a text is understanding the big idea of the whole book and how it relates to a particular text.

Lesson 6: Text and Framework
In this lesson of First Principles, Abi Byrd argues that we need to be aware of what cultural and theological frameworks we bring the study of the Scriptures, and then introduces some strategies to help us grow our discipline of submitting our frameworks to the text.

Lesson 7: Seeing Jesus
In this lesson of First Principles, Kathleen Nielson makes the case that the Scriptures revolve around the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and, given that, that exposition should always relate the text to the gospel.

Lesson 8: Bible for Life
In this final lesson of First Principles, Colleen McFadden asks the question of how we move from exegesis and theological reflection to teaching and applying our text today.