The programme is structured around three, ten week terms. The mornings of term time are spent exploring God’s word, integrating what we are finding to help us think Christianly and applying it so that we can serve effectively.
Each morning starts in prayer along with the rest of the Oak Hall team. After this, each day has a different focus:
On Mondays and Tuesdays we systematically work through Bible books. By the end of the year, we have studied 6 major books in depth, PLUS we have spent 4 hours in 30 other books. The goal of this time is to be re-shaped by God’s word, to be prepared for a lifetime of studying it ourselves and equipped to use it to help others.
Mondays: Old Testament
Each term we spend half our time focussing on a foundational OT book:
Term 1: Deuteronomy
Term 2: 1 Chronicles
Term 3: Isaiah
This introduces us to the major periods and genres of the Old Testament and sharpens our skills and confidence in reading the Old Testament and seeing how it speaks to us today. To provide continuity, Paul Mayo teaches all of these sessions.
The other half of the time consists of experienced Bible teachers visiting for a morning and teaching a four hour introduction to a particular Old Testament book.
Tuesdays: New Testament
The New Testament section is structured very similarly to the Old Testament programme as we study three books in depth:
Term 1: John
Term 2: Hebrews
Term 3: 1 Corinthians
This introduces us to some of the major genres, authors and concerns of the New Testament. In the other sessions we meet 15 other New Testament books.
Wednesdays: Private Study
Mornings free for research and preparation.
Thurdays: 'Big picture'
We want to integrate the things that we are seeing in the Scriptures into a complete worldview that shapes our behaviour and the advice we give people.
Term 1: we focus on drawing together the different elements of the Bible’s portrait of God into a coherent whole as we consider 10 key doctrines.
Term 2: we seek to escape our cultural blinkers and learn from the Spirit’s work in past generations by studying 10 key figures from church history.
Term 3: we seek to understand the shape of life that God demands by studying each of the 10 commandments.
- How do we translate all the things we’re learning into effective action?
- How do we run effective homegroups, Sunday schools and evangelistic events?
- How do we get stuff done?
- How do we bring the Bible to comfort and help our Christian family in the tough times?
- How do we share the gospel with our colleagues and neighbours?
On Fridays experienced Christians share their Biblical wisdom on these and lots more issues.