The biblical literacy class is taught by W. Mark Lanier. Mark is a practicing attorney who also holds a B.A. in Biblical Languages from David Lipscomb University. He is both a committed student of Scripture and an excellent communicator of its truths.
Each week prior to Sunday morning, the lesson handout is sent to over 50 individuals from various disciplines including Old and New Testament scholars, archaeologists, apologetic professionals, pastors, rabbis, and academicians with relevant expertise in the material. This allows Mark the opportunity to provide the secular controversies and arguments in light of the actual Bible truths and God’s revelation to His people in the 21st century. There has never been a better time to be Biblically literate!
Mark is assisted by our CFBC Staff Liaison and Class coordinator, Pastor Brent Johnson.
The class meets every Sunday morning at 10:55 am, at Champion Forest Baptist Church’s Cypress Creek Campus located at 15555 Stuebner-Airline Road in northwest Houston, TX 77069, in the Family Life Center. For live viewing go to Champion Forest Live Streaming and choose “Biblical Literacy” under the Family Life Worship Center tab.
The history of the class
The biblical literacy class began in 2003 with a vision to complete an overview of the entire Bible. The founding idea was to create a class that provided “core material” that would offer anyone, including a novice, a working familiarity with the Bible. To accomplish this, Mark Lanier prepared a lesson handout used as a guide for the Sunday morning lecture, a format which has continued in each series. Three exciting years later “Old Testament Biblical Literacy” and “New Testament Biblical Literacy” was completed, with handouts also translated into Spanish: “Sondeo del Antiguo Testamento” and “Estudio del Nuevo Testamento”.
A two-year study on “Church History Literacy” followed, designed to explore the foundation of the church and how it relates to us and the church as we know it today.
In 2010, the class began a Biblical Literacy Survey, similar to the original Biblical Literacy series. This time, the effort is targeted a bit deeper. The class brings in resources normally only used for serious Biblical scholarship. In doing so, the class provides the serious scholar, skeptic, and the interested lay public with tools for Biblical literacy at a seminary level but in a plain and understandable context. Utilizing the skills that a trial lawyer relies upon, Mark considers all the material, including secular controversy covered by the media as well as scholarly debate that place the Bible in context to it’s history. The goal is to present and study together material that would be appropriate for study of a survey-type class on a seminary level, yet relying upon the perfect will of God to reveal to us His grace and wisdom and His plan through His Word.
We are thrilled to be a part of the Maturity and Ministry efforts of Champion Forest Baptist Church, a dynamic church located in Houston, Texas.