Study the Word: Jon Shea
Two Primary things keep us from studying word.
Postmodernism- What is true is defined by that person. What can be true for one person can be false for another.
Intellectually lazy culture- We don't like studying.
We are a generation zealous for God. We claim great things but do not accomplish them. Want to FEEL deeply but NOT THINK deeply. An understanding of bible will change our lives. In the midst of persecution will I still believe God's word to be the only universal truth???
What is the Bible to me?
The entire Bible IS God's word spoken in literary form. It reveals who he is and what he has done and his purpose for our creation. Divinely inspired by God but humanity is seen throughout entire book. If written by man what is primary purpose? story of God. Writing for God and about his historic revelations.
Historical particularity & context- Each book is written to people in a particular culture. You can't understand verse if you don't understand context and why writer wrote what he wrote.
Divine book and to disobey it is to disobey God himself. It is not relative. If it is a divine book God speaks to us as we read it but sine it is also human we must also understand context of when written and whom for.
HOW DO WE THEN READ & INTERPRET SCRIPTURE?
Pray before reading. Holy Spirit teaches us as we read. Ask God to open our eyes as we read.
Inductive bible study method-
OBSERVATION (Magnifying glass)
Observation (What does it say)
Who: List the key people and describe their role in the passage What: List key words and events When: List expressions of time (then, when, after, before) Where: List geographical locations in the passage Why: List terms of conclusion/result/purpose. Record the intention of the author/speaker How: List procedures or persons use to accomplish the passage’s action
INTERPRETATION (What does it mean)
Interpretation (What does it mean)
Content: What is being said
Context: verses/passages/story of which your text is a part of
Comparison: Scripture best interprets scripture (Tool- cross references)
Culture: examine historical/culture setting (Tool- commentary, Carson)
APPLICATION (So what?) (Arrow)
What doesn't this passage say?
What does this passage tell me about God?
What does this passage say about me?
Where is the Gospel in the passage? How can I apply this to my life?
As taking notes write down observation and interpretation question and then read study notes. Then application.
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