How to Study the Bible

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Ancient Words by Michael W. Smith : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Ancient Words by Michael W. Smith Holy words long preserved for our walk in this world,They resound with God's own heartOh, let the Ancient words impart. Words of Life, words of HopeGive us strength, help us copeIn this world, where e'er we roamAncient words will guide us Home. CHORUS:Ancient words ever trueChanging me, and changing you.We have come with open heartsOh let the ancient words impart. Holy words of our Faith Handed down to this age.Came to us through sacrificeOh heed the faithful words of Christ. Holy words long preserved For our walk in this world.They resound with God's own heartOh let the ancient words impart. CHORUS x4We have come with open heartsOh let the ancient words impart.

Discussion Starter : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Discussion Starter How old were you when you acquired your first Bible?  And what were the circumstances?

How to Study the Bible : 

The Centrality of the Word of God How to Study the Bible (Or How to Read the Bible Again for the First Time) By Jonathan Petersen

Today’s Lesson : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Today’s Lesson Biblical Awareness Assessment The Big Picture of the Bible Inductive Bible Study Method Core Reference Library

A Riddle : 

The Centrality of the Word of God A Riddle Supreme Court of the United States. How all sports are played. What Secret Service agents do. What comes with every appliance and automobile.

Answer : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Answer They all operate on the basis of a single official, authoritative source.

Answer : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Answer Supreme Court of the United States. Constitution How all sports are played. Rule Book What Secret Service agents do. Legal Tender What comes with every appliance and automobile. Operating Manual

The B.I.B.L.E. : 

The Centrality of the Word of God The B.I.B.L.E. B = Basic I = Information B = Before L = Leaving E = Earth

A Biblical Worldview (www.Barna.org) : 

The Centrality of the Word of God A Biblical Worldview (www.Barna.org) Believing absolute moral truth exists That moral truth is based upon the Bible Six core beliefs the accuracy of biblical teaching the sinless nature of Jesus the literal existence of Satan the omnipotence and omniscience of God salvation by grace alone and the personal responsibility to evangelize

Biblical Illiteracy : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Biblical Illiteracy Just 9% of all born again adults and just 7% of Protestants possess a biblical worldview. Only half of the country’s Protestant pastors – 51% – have a biblical worldview.

True or False? : 

The Centrality of the Word of God True or False? The Bible teaches that money is the root of all evil. “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV)

Howard Dean : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Howard Dean He said his favorite New Testament book of the Bible is….

Howard Dean – Oops! : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Howard Dean – Oops! He said his favorite New Testament book of the Bible is… JOB!

Biblical Awareness Quiz Time : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Biblical Awareness Quiz Time 1=Agree Strongly 2=Agree Somewhat 3=Disagree Somewhat 4=Disagree Strongly DK=Don’t Know

Strong Biblical Awareness : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Strong Biblical Awareness 44

Evangelical Covenant Church Affirmations (www.CovChurch.org) : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Evangelical Covenant Church Affirmations (www.CovChurch.org) The centrality of the Word of God. The necessity of the new birth. The church as a fellowship of believers. A conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit. The reality of freedom in Christ.

Evangelical Covenant Church Affirmations (www.CovChurch.org) : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Evangelical Covenant Church Affirmations (www.CovChurch.org) The centrality of the Word of God. The necessity of the new birth. The church as a fellowship of believers. A conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit. The reality of freedom in Christ.

Evangelical Covenant Church Affirmations (www.CovChurch.org) : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Evangelical Covenant Church Affirmations (www.CovChurch.org) “We Accept the centrality of the Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the authoritative Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. We believe it is essential to the life of the Church that it be a company of people who want, above all else, that their lives be shaped by the powerful and living Word of God. The alternative is clear. Not to be shaped by the Word of God is to be shaped by the world.”

In other words… : 

The Centrality of the Word of God In other words… Faith is living my life as though the Bible is true. In the decisions I make. In the time I schedule. In my thoughts. In my relationships. In my attitude. In my behavior. In the money I spend. In the words I say.

The Stats : 

The Centrality of the Word of God The Stats 66 Books (39 OT + 27 NT) 3 Languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek) ~35 Authors >10 Genres ~1500 years in the writing ~3000 years of history 12 maps

The Stats : 

The Centrality of the Word of God The Stats 66 Books (39 OT + 27 NT) 3 Languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek) ~35 Authors >10 Genres ~1500 years in the writing ~3000 years of history 12 maps ?

The Stats : 

The Centrality of the Word of God The Stats 66 Books (39 OT + 27 NT) 3 Languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek) ~35 Authors >10 Genres ~1500 years in the writing ~3000 years of history One Theme: ????????????

The Bible’s One Theme : 

The Centrality of the Word of God The Bible’s One Theme God is holy and He loves us He invites us to love Him We are sinners Only God provides the way We are made righteous through faithin Christ alone

God communicates through… : 

The Centrality of the Word of God God communicates through… Narrative History Genealogies Poetry Drama Parables Sermons Riddles

God communicates through… : 

The Centrality of the Word of God God communicates through… Narrative History Genealogies Poetry Drama Parables Sermons Riddles Laws Proverbs Prophetic Oracles Biographies Letters Chronicles Apocalypse

Lessons are learned through… : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Lessons are learned through… Direct commands Indirect stories Great literature Portrayals of Obedience & Disobedience Embarrassingly bad behavior Barbaric cruelty

The Bible : 

The Centrality of the Word of God The Bible No one would write the Bible if they could No one could write the Bible if they would

Why study the Bible? : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Why study the Bible? To deepen our relationship with God and to be more and more transformed into the likeness of Christ(2 Cor. 3:18)… To lead us to salvation, train us for righteousness, correct us from error, and equip us to do good works(2 Tim. 3:15-17)…

Why study the Bible? : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Why study the Bible? Because, as Christians, it’s THE authority source of our lives

Bible study is like taking a trip! : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Bible study is like taking a trip! You have to leave home (the Bible was written in a very different place and time) take a vehicle (a sound process of study) to get to your destination (the author’s intended meaning) get what you came for (the universal principles in the text) take a vehicle (the significance of the principles) back home bringing your “treasures” with you (sound application of the principles to situations in your world). (From a forthcoming book by George H. Guthrie)

Digging into God’s Word : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Digging into God’s Word Observation Interpretation Application INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY METHOD

Inductive Bible Study Organizations : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Inductive Bible Study Organizations Precept Ministrieswww.precept.org Bible Study Fellowshipwww.bsfinternational.org Explorers Bible Studywww.explorerbiblestudy.org

Helpful Books : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Helpful Books Applying the Bible by Jack Kuhatschek How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart How to Read the Bible Book by Bookby Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart Grasping God's Wordby J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays Living by the Book by Howard Hendricks Methodical Bible Study by Robert A. Traina

Observation : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Observation OBSERVE THE TEXT What does the passage say? Who What Where When Why How

Observation : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Observation 5 Ws Commands Promises Mood Tone Cause/Effect Questions

Observation : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Observation 5 Ws Commands Promises Mood Tone Cause/Effect Questions Prepositions Conjunctions Grammar Verb Tenses Literary Forms Repeated Words Comparisons/Contrasts

Interpretation : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Interpretation INTERPRET THE MESSAGE What does the passage mean? Determine what God intended to communicate in this portion of His Word. Study the context. Use cross-references – let Scripture help you interpret Scripture. Use your Core Reference Library.

Application : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Application APPLY IT TO MY LIFE What must I do? How does this truth apply to me? What specific changes do I need to make? What steps do I need to take to carry out those changes? How can I cooperate with the Holy Spirit in my life?

Core Reference Library : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Core Reference Library Books (print or software) that will Give you an OVERVIEW of the Bible Help you FIND something in the Bible Help you UNDERSTAND something in the Bible

Core Reference Library : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Core Reference Library Study Bible Handbook to the Bible (overview) Concordance (find) Topical Bible (find) Bible Dictionary (understand) Commentary (understand)

Study Bible : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Study Bible A Study Bible contains the complete Scripture text, as well as a variety of: cross-references and abbreviated topical articles, index, concordance, dictionary, illustrations, charts, maps, outlines, introductions, and commentary.

Bible Translation : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Bible Translation Original language – Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek Receptor Language – English Theory of Translation Literal Free Dynamic Equivalent

Bible Translation : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Bible Translation Paraphrase help people who are new to the Bible understand it Literal translations are helpful for people who want to study each word The NIV is literal where possible and "thought-for-thought" where necessary to help the reader understand The NIV is the best balance between accuracy and readability

Bible Handbook : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Bible Handbook A Bible handbook is a companion to Bible reading. It's arranged in the order of the books of the Bible. It provides background before you read through a Bible book, commentary and illustrations as you read, and topical and historical notes to expand your understanding.

Concordance : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Concordance A concordance lists common words found in the Bible and shows the places where they occur. For example, under the entry faith you'd find the locations in the Bible where the word “faith” is used. A concordance enables you to do word studies as well as locate verses you vaguely remember.

Topical Bible : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Topical Bible A topical Bible is a guide to different subjects addressed in the Bible. Under faith, it will list not only the most important verses where the word “faith” is found, but also verses that talk about faith without using the word, for example Genesis 15:6, “Abraham believed the LORD....”

Bible Dictionary : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Bible Dictionary A Bible dictionary gives more detailed information about people, places, words, and events in the Bible. You could use it to learn more about what the Bible says about children, for example, or about Peter, or Egypt, or miracles.

Commentary : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Commentary A commentary is a single or multi-volume work that explains the meaning of Bible passages.

Study The Bible : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Study The Bible Faith is living my life as though the Bible is true

Study the Bible : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Study the Bible What do I see? (Observe) What does it mean? (Interpret) What do I do? (Apply)

Study the Bible : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Study the Bible To deepen and strengthen my love relationship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 119:105 : 

The Centrality of the Word of God Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (NIV) “By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.” (MSG)

How to Study the Bible : 

The Centrality of the Word of God How to Study the Bible (Or How to Read the Bible Again for the First Time) By Jonathan Petersen

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