Understanding Redemptive History: Why You Should Come to My Workshop
The upcoming Verity Conference has me all sorts of excited. Not only do I get to sit under the teaching of Mary Willson and build connections with like-minded women throughout the greater Portland area, I also get to teach a class on one of my favorite topics—redemptive history. Understanding redemptive history is the interpretative key that unlocks the meaning of the whole Bible. This means if you want to understand the Bible (and teach others to understand the Bible!) you need to understand the progressive nature of revelation as it unfolds in Genesis to Revelation. This is exactly what I’m going to teach and show you (for my visual learners out there) in my workshop.
How Do I Know Which Workshop Is For Me?!?
However, my workshop on redemptive history isn’t the only one offered. There are four incredible workshops offered at this year’s conference. Choosing one will prove difficult. I wish I could attend the other three (taught by some seriously legitimate women)! But we can only be in one place at one time. Bummer, I know. So, to help you decide if my workshop is the best fit for your particular life and ministry I’ve included a sneak peak of it below.
“We all know to some extent that a fundamental component to becoming a gospel-centered disciple is learning to read and study the Word of God. Yet, which one of us can honestly say that we have not struggled at times to do exactly that? It may not be that we lack the desire to hear from God in his Word, but every time we open the Bible we become confused, distracted, or frustrated leading to an overall sense of despair. We are immediately overwhelmed with all sorts of seemingly fragmented narratives, odd laws, and ancient portions of wisdom that don’t make sense to the Christian when trying to interpret it in bits and pieces—which is precisely the problem.
Scripture tells one grand story, the story of redemption, and apart from that story much of the individual content could appear arbitrary or even absurd.
The Bible was never intended to be reduced to isolated events and individual stories that give us moralistic guidelines and proverbial advice. Don’t be mistaken, interpreting these bits and pieces plays an essential role, but only after understanding the sum total of these parts or the “big picture” of the Bible. Scripture tells one grand story, the story of redemption, and apart from that story much of the individual content could appear arbitrary or even absurd. Therefore, if we are to pursue Bible reading in a way that transforms us into mature disciples and plants the gospel in our hearts, we have to first identify the central storyline of the Bible. Then, and only then, will we be able to make sense of and apply the pieces.”
What You’ll Get in the “Understanding Redemptive History” Workshop
We will spend the majority of our time together learning the central storyline of the Bible and tracing it from Genesis to Revelation.
We will spend the majority of our time together learning the central storyline of the Bible and tracing it from Genesis to Revelation. You will hear it, see it, and rehearse it in several different books of the Bible. I am confident that you walk away knowing how all those bits and pieces fit together to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in a manner that will transform your understanding of the whole Bible.
That’s exactly what happened to one woman who attended a previous teaching on redemptive history from when I taught in Illinois. She writes,
“For the first time in my life I finally understood the whole Bible! I realized that the Old Testament and the New Testament could not be separated because both are all about Jesus. Before Whitney’s teaching I didn’t really know what the Old Testament had to do with Christians today. Afterwards, all the parts of the Bible came together in my mind. It actually made sense!”
That gives you a picture of what you will experience in the workshop. You will leave equipped to see and savor the good news of Jesus Christ anywhere in the Bible, whether you are in Judges or Jude. It is possible! You will also see how your own story fits into the larger story of Scripture in a way that infuses your life and ministry with eternal meaning and purpose. You are part of God’s story. Come and enjoy fresh excitement over the work he has commissioned you to and see how it fits into his larger redemptive purposes.
It really is exciting stuff. I can’t wait to see you there!
Verity Conference 2016 was held on Oct. 7-8th. For more information on future Verity events, please visit our event page.