Bracketing—Determining Main Point and Structure
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About this course
This course lays out the foundational concepts and structures necessary to begin using the Bracketing Bible study method. Its aim is to equip students to find the main point of a text and to see how its propositions fit together, to the end of knowing God through the better understanding of his word. We will take a hands-on approach to learning as we work through the first chapter of Philippians together.
Andy Hubert
child of God / husband / father / creator of Biblearc / teacher / programmer
Michael Lane
Pastor, Glen Memorial Baptist Church, St. Ignace, MI
Brent Karding
servant of Jesus / husband / dad / preacher / musician / teacher @ Biblearc
Josué Pineda
hijo de Dios | esposo | padre | pastor y maestro | instructor y desarrollador de recursos @ Biblearc
Joe McCulley
Joe and his wife live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is an MDiv student at Bethlehem Seminary.
Nate Davidson
Husband, dad, pastor, and Biblearc instructor- I am a blessed follower of the King who calls sinners
An online, interactive course
Path courses are designed to lead you deeper in your study of Scripture through academic rigor and a heart of worship. We have laid out fifteen different courses along the entire spectrum of Bible study training so that there might be something for everyone—both new believers and veteran pastors, stay-at-home moms and missionaries. These courses are conveniently online with creative interactive components to help you persevere to the end within a fellowship that covers the globe. You may also take advantage of personal interaction with course instructors in a variety of ways. Finally, path courses are built so as to equip you in using Biblearc's extensive Bible study toolbox while you learn to discover biblical glories for yourself.
About the “putting it together” series
On the foundation of keen observation skills and biblical interpretation principles, this series puts the focus on the central study objective of our efforts—discerning what the text means. Included here are the preferred Bible study methods of some of the best Bible teachers of our day—methods that help us see how texts grammatically and logically connect, taught in a way so that any serious Christian can learn.
From former students
“This is an astonishing resource! How characteristic of the Kingdom that gold, silver, and precious stones would be here just waiting to be discovered.” —Scott Somerville
“BibleArc has given me seminary-caliber teaching, but with a pace, ease, and cost that is more suited to those of us not serving in full-time ministry.” —dhendren
“Bracketing is to Bible study what grammar is to logic - you may be able to perform the task, but it will most certainly be easier with the proper tools!” —Eric Judd
“Bracketing is especially helpful in breaking down the argument being made the Pauline epistles, and will be a useful tool to help the student or the preacher find the hermeneutical main point of any given text.” —fredyorozco
“I had taken a prior course that was a crude form of phrasing/bracketing but this course greatly enhanced my logical analysis of the relationships between the ideas and changed how I interpreted the meaning of the passage. I highly recommend it.” —Ken Requard
“God used this course mightily to equip & encourage me in the further study of His Word. While challenging and humbling at times (in a good way!), I am very excited to practice the Bracketing tool in preparing for future ministries and in personal studies of Scripture.” —Lacy Joy
“Bracketing has helped me to see more clearly what the main point of a passage is. Thank you!” —eph312
“Every time I read the scriptures I am diagraming the passage in my head. This method of digging deep into the Word is blowing my mind... in the most excellent way!” —Doug Hummer
“This is a wonderful way to learn to study the Bible. I find that I use it even in my daily Bible reading.” —nsgragg
“This course offers a significant contribution to the broad array of disciplines involved in studying the Scripture. I highly recommend learning Bracketing or Arcing to assist you in following the logical arguments found in the Bible.” —JamesJacksonTaylor
“The bracketing course is a very thorough and methodical set of lessons for understanding the building blocks of scripture, largely by explaining the underlying concepts of the English language we use everyday!” —Bryan Chamberlain
“I am a layman who just wanted to be able to better apply the principles taught in Piper's "Reading The Bible Supernaturally" better and it certainly delivered! Not only do I have a better grasp on how to look at scripture, but I was also blessed by the time spent in this course looking at the various passages. I have actually even committed some to memory after seeing the logic of God's word and the brilliance of His glory in the verses therein.” —Mike Montefusco
“Bracketing has helped me tremendously in my ability to soak in the text in a thoughtful way. It has given me tools to incorporate when wrestling with a text on my own to determine the author's intent.” —Patrick Anthony
“Within the first few weeks, this course positively influenced my Bible study preparation. Instead of just relying on commentaries straight out of the gate, I determined major themes and logical flow of the text on my own, which gave me a fuller understanding of the passage I was preparing to teach. Highly recommended!” —Eric Zavaleta
“Great to do even after finishing the Arcing course. I am definitely seeing the fruit of this method in all my Bible reading and teaching.” —Wells
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Work load
All path courses are composed of ten lessons, with each lesson followed by an assignment. To serve people with different levels of availability and styles of learning, we provide three pace options upon enrollment. Courses can be taken in five weeks, ten weeks or twenty weeks, with a time commitment ranging from 1.5 hours / week to 6 hours / week. Choose whichever option works best for you.
Path courses all end with an evaluation to determine your grasp of the Bible study method and material covered. Students who pass the evaluation have their Biblearc account marked with a proficiency badge indicating their accomplishment. Successfully passing an evaluation requires a high degree of understanding and is meant to serve as a motivation to take your study seriously as well as a catalyst to improve the standard of Bible research in the Biblearc community. Each evaluation attempt requires an evaluation credit. Evaluation credits come with all paid path course enrollment types and also can be purchased individually for $5.
This course is currently available in English only.
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