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, and fourth year seminary student at Bethlehem College and Seminary.
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
“I have been a lay pastor for 30 years and have been to a number of different teaching and preaching seminars, but this is by far the more helpful.” —Bruce Williams
“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
“Biblearc has changed the way I approach the Word.” —Allen N
“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 has helped me to see more clearly what the main point of a passage is. Thank you!” —eph312
“Bracketing has helped me see the logic the authors use to present their arguments. It has helped me think deeply about what the message of the passage truly is and the implications for my life.” —Jessica Davis
“This course came as an answer to prayer for me. It provided such functional help for learning to divide the Scripture accurately. Growing up an unbeliever, school was not something I particularly enjoyed or gave myself to. Now as an adult and a born-again believer (praise God and His grace) I found I needed to be taught some basic grammatical concepts to really begin getting the most out of the Bible. Biblearc has totally filled that gap for me! I can't recommend this class enough. Thank You Lord, thank you Biblearc team!” —Williams14
“For those of you who think you know the Bible, try bracketing ... and think again.” —Charles Hedman
“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
“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
“Bracketing really is a great way to take apart a passage and figure out the purpose of every last line within it. It's easy to skim over things you don't understand while reading through a complicated part of the text, and I've found that bracketing really forces me to stop and figure out just what the original author was trying to say.” —Spencer Tofts
“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
“This bracketing course has helped me understand how to systematically derive the logic of a text. I can't wait to teach my friends how to use the tools.” —Martin Ricquebourg
“This course has completely changed the way I dissect God’s Word.” —David Hildebrand
“I am very thankful for a web site like Biblearc. It is a great resource for digging deeper into God's Word and for helping others to grow in their relationships with Christ!” —William Berry
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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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