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Premium member Presentation Transcript Fresh Eyes Unearthing Hidden Treasure: Proverbs 2: 1-5 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding — indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Fresh Eyes Unearthing Hidden Treasure 1Why study the bible?: The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130 Why study the bible? 2What does the bible say about it? : Acts 17:11 - Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.(the Bereans ) 2 Timothy 2:15 - Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. Hebrew 4:12 - For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. God is the most important relationship in your life. It’s important to grow in your knowledge of Him so that you can grow in intimacy and understand His perfect will. The more you understand His character the more you will understand his love for you. What does the bible say about it? 3Elements of Bible Study: Elements of Bible Study Where do I start? 4PowerPoint Presentation: Different methods of studying the bible Topical – choosing one specific topic The Lectio Divina is a traditional Catholic practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with God and to increase the knowledge of God's Word . It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but as the Living Word . Inductive - Inductive Bible study is learning how to exegete(draw out), as in extracting the information what a text is actually saying in an objective and in a systematic way. You generally pick one book of the bible to study. 5Tools for studying the bible : Tools for studying the bible A good study bible – There are many excellent study bibles that contain some study helps and commentaries. What is a concordance? - A verbal index to the Bible . A simple form lists Biblical words alphabetically, with indications to enable the inquirer to find the passages of the Bible where the words occur. It is useful for finding where each specific word is used in the bible and also handy for finding a specific passage . What is a lexicon ? - The lexicon is a list of all the words in a language; if it includes definitions, it is of course a dictionary. What is an Interlinear bible? - A Bible that typically shows the Hebrew or Greek text of the Old or New Testament (respectively) with a literal English translation between the lines of the original-language text. Often will include a separate column with a cohesive English translation of the text. 6It’s important enter into study prayerfully and with an open heart expecting to hear from God.: Be sure to listen as God usually speaks in a still small voice to your spirit. Reflect and meditate on what you receive. It’s good to write down what you have been shown as well. It’s important enter into study prayerfully and with an open heart expecting to hear from God. 7Invite Holy Spirit to teach you – : Invite Holy Spirit to teach you – But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26 8Some things to consider before digging in:: NOTE: The bible has dual authorship, divine authorship and human authorship so it’s important to understand the style For the most part the authors of the Old Testament had an incomplete view of Revelation; in this sense they were different from New Testament authors. Some things to consider before digging in: 9Basic Principles for Interpreting Scripture: Study every passage within its literary context. Literary context includes both a text’s immediate setting (the verses around it) and its relationship to the entire book. Recognize that the social, historical, and cultural environment of a biblical passage differs from that of today, and then try to understand a passage in light of those differences. Translations often reflect the translator’s understanding. Therefore, when studying a passage, compare several versions to try and discover the most likely meaning of a word or phrase. Interpret the Bible as a whole. Interpret scripture with scripture. That is, interpret the Bible in light of the entire message of the Bible. Always bear in mind God’s character such as He will never break His own laws or contradict Himself. Basic Principles for Interpreting Scripture 10Some things to help you understand and interpret scripture would be to understand:: Writing and literary styles Biblical culture Some things to help you understand and interpret scripture would be to understand: 11 The Gospels - : While the gospels were written for all people everywhere, they were also each written with a certain audience in mind: Matthew – Matthew was written to Jews who were familiar with Old Testament prophecy and to convey that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Jewish customs were not explained in this gospel. Matthew often mentioned the Law of Moses. Mark - Mark wrote for the Roman population. They were into power, so he portrays Jesus as the powerful, suffering servant of God. Luke -Luke presents Jesus to the Gentiles as the savior of all mankind and brings across the human side of Jesus. John –John is the gospel of belief, and was written to show the world that Jesus was the Christ, the "Son of God." Jesus was sent by the Father to give eternal life to believers. The Gospels - 12Writing styles in the bible:: Statutory – The ten commandments are statutory in nature Historical/Narrative – Or simple story form. Much of the Bible is written in this form. Just like any other book it conveys a story line to communicate events recorded in the narrative. Poetic – Some of the best poetry ever written is found in the Bible. It powerfully communicates the heart of the writer. It displays personal emotion to give us the feel for the situations communicated to us. Parables - Is an older writing style that has come down to us from ancient times when stories, sayings and histories were passed on verbally. Parables were used to teach a single message. Epistle – This is the correspondence or letter style. It is written from one party, to another party. They can be read just like we would read a friends letter today Prophesy - Is a writing style that illuminates. They always relate some message from God conveyed to His subjects as a warning or a revelation about Himself. Writing styles in the bible: 13PowerPoint Presentation: When OT was written man was very primitive in nature and because of this it was a necessity to give man a system to live by that was also primitive (ex: eye for an eye). When Jesus came to earth he raised the bar of moral standard. 14OT: Thou shall not commit adultery. NT: But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. – Mt 5:28 OT: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. NT: But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return. – Luke 6:35 : OT: Thou shall not commit adultery. NT: But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. – Mt 5:28 OT: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. NT: But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return. – Luke 6:35 15We must connect the Old Testament with the New Testament.: We must connect the Old Testament with the New Testament . Then the Lord said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live." So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. (Numbers 21:8-9) 16If a passage doesn’t seem to make sense or seems to contradict your understanding of scripture or God’s character, it’s a good idea to examine the culture of writer’s time. : If a passage doesn’t seem to make sense or seems to contradict your understanding of scripture or God’s character, it’s a good idea to examine the culture of writer’s time. 17Understanding bible culture: It is important to understand that the Bible is not an American book, written in English, and steeped in our vocabulary and culture. People seem to forget that the Bible is not just written for one time or one group of people. Even in today’s world, cultural traditions can very widely. There are subcultures even within our own country. Understanding bible culture 18PowerPoint Presentation: One example of how understanding how culture affects the meaning of a passage would be Revelation 3:16 – “So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” 19The Fig Tree – Matthew 21:18-19, Mark 11:12-14 http://sethsoasis.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/jesus-and-the-fig-tree/: The Fig Tree – Matthew 21:18-19, Mark 11:12-14 http://sethsoasis.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/jesus-and-the-fig-tree/ 20Resources to consider There is a wealth of knowledge out there for us from those who’ve studied before us that we can use to supplement our bible study. Book s– a good study bible, commentaries, lexicons, different bible translations, dictionaries, concordances, and more Online resources – a wide variety of reputable research websites Sermons/Speakers - online, radio, TV, church Don’t just trust one source, always check it up against the bible. When in doubt, check it out!!: Resources to consider There is a wealth of knowledge out there for us from those who’ve studied before us that we can use to supplement our bible study. Book s – a good study bible, commentaries, lexicons, different bible translations, dictionaries, concordances, and more Online resources – a wide variety of reputable research websites Sermons/Speakers - online, radio, TV, church Don’t just trust one source, always check it up against the bible. When in doubt, check it out!! 21PowerPoint Presentation: There are 4 different words for the word love in the Greek language http://www.blueletterbible.org/ There are 11 different Hebrew words in the bible that have been rendered into our translation as the word love. Agápe of persons, to treat with affection, to caress, love, be fond of. Éros erotic or passionate love Philia friendship or affectionate love Storge affection generally used to describe parental love 22As you study God’s Word with the help of the Holy Spirit, it will come alive and the deeper you dig you will grow in your knowledge of the Lord. : Start out searching where ever you are in your walk, using the skills that you have. You will develop your study skills in your pursuit of God . The more time you devote to prayer, study, and meditation, the more you will hunger for God and your passion for Him will be enflamed. As you study God’s Word with the help of the Holy Spirit, it will come alive and the deeper you dig you will grow in your knowledge of the Lord. While it is important to study the Bible, our motive should never be to just gain knowledge. Knowledge puffs up – 1 Cor 8:1b - … We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. Our motivation should always be to grow in our relationship with God and our understanding of who He is. Studying the bible does not replace reading it and enjoying it. We grow both ways . True knowledge and wisdom produce good Godly fruit. You start to think differently and see that God is not just words on a page but a living person. Remember, you are not just reading a book, you are reading a living Word. 23Resources There is a wealth of knowledge out there for us from those who’ve studied before us. Just remember that they are all developed by fallible men and women so if something doesn’t line up with Scripture or the character of God keep digging. Books – a good study bible, commentaries, lexicons, different bible translations, dictionary, concordance, etc. : Online resources (there are so many of them!)– there are only a few that I use: For quick answers - http://www.gotquestions.org/ Multiple tools - http://www.biblegateway.com/ http://bible.org/ http://www.blueletterbible.org http://www.biblestudytools.com/ Biblical Culture – http://www.crivoice.org/historyculture.html http://www.truthortradition.com/index.php Interlinear download – http://www.scripture4all.org/ Resources There is a wealth of knowledge out there for us from those who’ve studied before us. Just remember that they are all developed by fallible men and women so if something doesn’t line up with Scripture or the character of God keep digging. Books – a good study bible, commentaries, lexicons, different bible translations, dictionary, concordance, etc. 24 You do not have the permission to view this presentation. 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