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 / pastor / 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
“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
“It's fueled my hunger for the word of God.” —Juan Torres
“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
“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
“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
“Through this course, I have gained a greater understanding of how God is communicating through his word by grasping argument, the flow of the text and the main points of the passage. I would highly recommend this course.” —Schaun Norman
“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
“I liked that the course was not only technical but also spiritually edifying. Well done!” —mata4him
“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
“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
“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
“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
“For those of you who think you know the Bible, try bracketing ... and think again.” —Charles Hedman
“This is a wonderful way to learn to study the Bible. I find that I use it even in my daily Bible reading.” —nsgragg
“Bracketing has helped me to see more clearly what the main point of a passage is. Thank you!” —eph312
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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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