Study Job 14 Job intreateth God for favour, by the shortness of life, and certainty of death. Though life once lost be irrecoverable, yet he waiteth for his change. By sin the creature is subject to corruption. Study Job 15 Eliphaz reproveth Job of impiety in justifying himself. He proveth by tradition the unquietness of wicked men.
Study Job 16 Job reproveth his friends of unmercifulness. He sheweth the pitifulness of his case. He maintaineth his innocency. Study Job 17 Job appealeth from men to God. The unmerciful dealing of men with the afflicted may astonish, but not discourage the righteous. His hope is not in life, but in death. Study Job 18 Bildad reproveth Job of presumption and impatience.
The calamities of the wicked. Study Job 19 Job, complaining of his friends' cruelty, sheweth there is misery enough in him to feed their cruelty. He believeth the resurrection. Study Job 20 Zophar sheweth the state and portion of the wicked. Study Job 21 Job sheweth that even in the judgment of man he hath reason to be grieved.
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Sometimes the wicked do so prosper, and they despise God. Sometimes their destruction is manifest. The happy and unhappy are alike in death. The judgment of the wicked is in another world. Study Job 22 Eliphaz sheweth that man's goodness profiteth not God. He accuseth Job of divers sins. He exhorteth him to repentance, with promises of mercy.
Study Job 23 Job longeth to appear before God, in confidence of his mercy. God, who is invisible, observeth our ways. God's decree is immutable. Study Job 24 Wickedness goeth often unpunished. There is a secret judgment for the wicked. Study Job 25 Bildad sheweth that man cannot be justified before God. Study Job 26 Job, reproving the uncharitable spirit of Bildad, acknowledgeth the power of God to be infinite and unsearchable. Study Job 27 Job protesteth his sincerety. The hypocrite is without hope. The blessings which the wicked have are turned into curses.
Study Job 28 There is a knowledge of natural things, but wisdom is an excellent gift of God. Study Job 29 Job bemoaneth himself of his former prosperity and honour. Study Job 30 Job's honour is turned into extreme contempt. His prosperity into calamity. Study Job 31 Job maketh a solemn protestation of his integrity in several duties. Study Job 32 Elihu is angry with Job and his three friends. Because wisdom cometh not from age, he excuseth the boldness of his youth.
He reproveth them for not satisfying Job. His zeal to speak. Study Job 33 Elihu offereth himself instead of God, with sincerity and meekness, to reason with Job. He excuseth God from giving man an account of his ways, by his greatness. God calleth man to repentance by visions, by afflictions, and by his ministry. He inclineth Job to attention. Study Job 34 Elihu accuseth Job for charging God with injustice. God omnipotent cannot be unjust. Man must humble himself unto God. Study Job 35 Comparison is not to be made with God, because our good or evil cannot extend unto him.
Many cry in their afflictions, but are not heard for want of faith. Study Job 36 Elihu sheweth how God is just in his ways. Remember our goal is not just to interpret and understand the bible but to make it real to our everyday life situations. Go back over these first steps and review them carefully. Write down some concluding thoughts on the chapter. You could go back to some of the applications made in step five and choose one of those or another one. Remember to make your application personal, practical, possible and measureable.
In each of the 3 parables a concrete effort was made to recover what was lost. Many of my friends are lost without Christ. I need to develop specific witnessing plans for reaching them with the Good News. I will start by sharing my faith with my friend Jim this weekend. This chapter shows what God has given His people- He has blessed them with every spiritual blessing there is. It goes on to list many of those blessings in the Trinitarian work of salvation. The proper response to this grand revelation should be a prayer of thanksgiving, adoration and praise which is exactly what Paul does at the end of the chapter.
I need to develop more of the spirit of prayer as Paul does here. He is so overwhelmed by what God has done for us that he spontaneously prays. I need to meditate on what God has done for me and so respond back to Him with a prayer of adoration and praise as well. Martin Luther, who began the great reformation in the 16 th Century, gave some practical suggestions for Bible study. He once said that he studied the Scriptures like he gathered apples. First he would shake the whole apple tree so that the ripest fruit would fall to the ground, study of the Bible as a whole.
The he would climb that tree and shake each branch, study of a book as a whole. Then he would move to the smaller branches and would shake each one individually, study of a chapter of a book. First we make an initial survey of the book to see it as a whole. We will want to see where it fits into the rest of Scripture. This will also involve research into the geographical, historical, cultural and political background of the book.
Then we can take it apart chapter by chapter and do a detailed study of each chapter and each verse. Finally we can apply it to our lives. So we will do the following:. A book study involves a sweeping overview of an entire book of the Bible. It involves seeing how it fits into the rest of Scripture, taking a wide angle look. We can then chart the overall content, so we can look right into the book itself.
We have already seen that the Bible is really 66 different books under one cover. Each of these books is unique and has an important message for us today. The book method of Bible study is a practical way to master the contents of each book. It is easy to read books about the Bible, rather than reading the Bible itself.
So follow these suggestions. Find out the geographical, historical, cultural and political setting of the book and what background the book fits into. Use some Bible study tools to help you in this. It would be good to look for the following:. Use the notes on your verse by verse method of Bible study and Chapter method of Bible study to help you.
The value of an outline chart is that it enables you to visualise the contents and divisions of a book. It gives you an overall perspective of the book. As you study the book write down the insights that come to you. Put together what you think the theme of the book is. Paul seems not so much concerned about the local church as he is about the universal, true church or the Body of Christ. Even though the main purpose of the book study is to get you acquainted with the book, you should not forget to make some personal application of some insight that you have discovered while looking at the book.
The city was situated on the western coast of Asia Minor at the mouth of the Cayster River, one of the four major east-west valleys that ended in the Aegean Sea. It was at the beginning of a major highway that went eastward across Asia Minor into Syria then into Mesopotamia, Persia and India. It was the most important city in the Roman province of Asia. Its strategic location caused it to be the meeting place of the land and sea trade routes in that part of the world in those days. Ephesus was an ancient city whose origins are lost in the mists of antiquity.
It was known as an important port city in the days of the ancient Hittites early s BC. Around BC it was taken and colonized by the Greeks from across the Aegean Sea and Greek ways and influence were introduced. Five centuries later it was taken by the legendary King Croesus who restored Asian influence to the city.
The Romans took the city in BC and it remained in their hands or in the hands of their allies until the days of Paul and later. It became the major city in the Roman province of Asia although Pergamum still remained the capital. From the time that the Greeks took the city in BC, cultural conflict existed between the Asian and Greek ways of life. The original religion included the worship of the mother-goddess whom the Greeks later called Artemis Diana in the Roman system. Here the original goddess had a shrine and the Greeks later built a grand temple that became known throughout the whole Mediterranean world.
Being at the cross roads of Europe and the Orient, the city had an international flavour as peoples of many backgrounds, particularly traders and sailors, mixed here freely. Thus it was a cosmopolitan city, primarily Greek in culture, but with Asian underpinnings existing there at the same time. It had all the conveniences of a modern Roman city — gymnasium, stadium, theatres and a central market place. Other government officials included the Asiarcle municipal officers of Rome and Neokoros, the temple officials.
Background of the Book:. The City of Ephesus was an important city and because of its strategic value, Paul and his team headed there on their second missionary journey. Paul later ministered there for some time on the third journey. Because of its cosmopolitan population, here was an opportunity for ministry to many different kinds of peoples- Romans, Greeks and the Asians of that part of Asia. Also a ministry could be had with the travellers and traders , who came both by land and sea.
Its history and geography made the city strategic for the planting of churches and then spreading the news of the Gospel throughout the whole territory around, as well as many other places through the caravans and shipping. Paul had founded the church in Ephesus on his second missionary journey and left Aquila and Pricilla there for follow up with the converts.
At the beginning of his third mission, Paul returned and ministered in the city for a lengthy time, during which the Gospel spread throughout all of the Province of Asia. Then, after Paul was imprisoned in Rome, he wrote this letter to the church. Its occasion was simply an opportunity to strengthen the church both doctrinally and practically. Many references in the book have pertinence to the original readers because the background is the city of Ephesus, its culture, government and history.
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to make all believers of all backgrounds One in Christ. This was a mystery before. Employer and employee 6: He means that he, in contradistinction to the other Roman prisoners, is imprisoned because of his connection. Paul does not need to remind Philemon that he writes with apostolic authority. Philemon will obey without this reminder. She was probably the wife of Philemon. Here and in Philippians 2: It appears that he was left in charge of the church at Colossae while the regular pastor was away visiting Paul in Rome.
The church in thy house. We do not know whether all or only a part of the Colossian congregation met in the house of Philemon See Acts What Paul thanked God for 1: Philemon had manifested his love for the saints in his charitable deeds toward them. What Paul asked God for 1: Our faith is actively communicated when we are alert and responsive to all of the good things in our midst that may be done for Christ.
Paul has in mind the forgiveness of Onesimus and the recognition of him and of all other Christian slaves as brothers in Christ. Why Paul asked this thing for Philemon 1: Philemon had communicated his faith to the saints in time past and had given Paul and Timothy great joy. Now Paul prays that he will continue to actively communicate his faith by receiving and forgiving Onesimus. Now we have the appeal itself, the central portion of the epistle. Paul does not use trickery or high pressure tactics in his appeal to Philemon.
He uses true, unselfish, God-given psychology. He knows how to touch the springs which motivate men to action. Successful spiritual leaders possess this ability, this gift. Philemon is a man filled with Christian love 1: How can Philemon disappoint Paul after he reads this sincere compliment? Men seldom disappoint us after we remind them of their good reputation.
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Paul is an old man and is in prison 1: Philemon, a fellow-labourer in the gospel, verse 1, cannot resist the urgings of an old suffering warrior like Paul. The tender emotions of Philemon will be touched when he reads this appeal. Onesimus is a changed person 1: He had proved himself in ministering to Paul after his conversion. To reject him would be to reject Paul. Can Philemon turn from such an appeal? Paul esteems Onesimus very highly 1: Philemon should be glad to receive such a valuable servant. He has become beloved to me in our short acquaintance since his conversion: If Philemon rejects Onesimus, then he will be rejecting the providential plan, and blessing of God.
What a beautiful type? God lost us temporarily in the fall that He might someday have us back with Himself forever, no longer servants but as dedicated and loving sons. To fellowship Paul is to fellowship his spiritual brother 1: Slave brothers and the apostle brothers are equal before the Lord and both must be equally fellowshipped. I now give you my word, in my own handwriting. Paul will be refreshed in the Lord if the request is granted 1: How can he disappoint his spiritual father?
How can Philemon resist the whole appeal of verses ? Paul expects a hearing before Nero soon and hopes for an early release from imprisonment in answer to many prayers. He hopes to visit Colossae after his acquittal. Philemon is requested to be preparing present tense a lodging for Paul and his party. Epaphras is singled out because he is the pastor of the Colossian church. A faithful man is given leadership roles.
A faithful man cares about the interests of others while an unfaithful man is always bragging about himself and serving himself. A faithful man has his values right, in contrast with a man who is eager to get rich. As I have done this study on the faithful man God has impressed on me the need to be more faithful in two specific areas. First, I need to be more faithful in my prayer life; I need to be more disciplined in setting aside a daily period for prayer.
The other area I need to be more faithful in, is my finances. It teaches that if I am not faithful in handling my money, God will not trust me with true riches — spiritual blessings.
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Stephen was an early Christian who had a tremendous testimony in the church, was a powerful preacher and witness, and was willing to die for his faith. What was his response to false accusations? Are there any parallels with Jesus? What was his attitude towards his executioners? He was forgiving, even to the point of praying that God would forgive them for their sin of murder. The outstanding characteristic of Stephen was his commitment to the Lord and his willingness to do anything for Him, including giving up his life.
He had a great testimony before others in the church. He witnessed to people both in life and in death. He was, furthermore, a man of the Word. He really knew his Bible- the Old Testament. He must have spent hours studying the scrolls and the parchments. I need to become a person like Stephen — a person of the Word who knows Jesus Christ intimately and who is able to answer others with Scripture when they ask questions. As a result of this study, I will commit myself to having a daily quiet time for at least 15 minutes to get to know Christ better.
I will also commit myself to memorizing two Scripture verses each week so that I can answer people who ask me questions. Transferable Concepts ways I can share this with others. The necessity of a personal walk with Jesus Christ. The only way we can become men and women of faith and wisdom like Stephen is to have a daily quiet time with the Lord. Stephen had a dynamic walk with Jesus Christ. The necessity of being in the Word of God on a regular basis — Bible study and Scripture memory. If I am to know my Bible as Stephen did, I need to spend quality time in it and be able to teach others how to do so as well.
This book is one means to help me do so. I need to share these methods with others. The necessity of courage in times of adversity and persecution. I need to pray that God will give me boldness. The apostle Paul is a major example of boldness. His entire life seemed to be characterized by this quality. What can man do to me? First, I will ask my wife to pray with me about overcoming my timidity in witnessing to Ted. Then, each day this week, I will pause before going into the office and ask the Holy Spirit to fill my life and give me boldness to witness to Ted Acts 4: Tuesday night, I decided that I needed to be more earnest in my prayers so I asked my wife to pray with me specifically for a chance to share my faith with Ted on Wednesday.
Then I went in and placed my Bible on top of my desk, hoping Ted would recognise it. During the coffee break, Ted came over to talk to me. We have seen God has communicated to man through His Word — the Bible. The Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. Through the Scriptures we can get to know God better, understand His desires for our lives and discover new truths about living for Him. God desires us to let His Word dwell richly in us. True Bible study is not just a matter of acquiring information and knowledge; it should affect not only the mind, but also the heart and will, and should lead to obedience and worship of God.
Besides learning about the Bible, we should also expect to see our day to day living changed by the Bible. A good definition of a quiet time might be: So a quiet time is an unhurried time of Bible reading and prayer. It helps us in that it helps our Spiritual growth and nourishment, and it will also help us in developing our personal relationship with God. Students like Hooper and Thornton found their days packed with studies, lectures, games and discussions. Enthusiasm and activity were the order of the day.
These dedicated men soon discovered a flaw in their spiritual armour — a small crack which if not soon closed would bring disaster. The morning watch sealed the crack. It enriched a truth so often obscured by the pressure of ceaseless activity that it needs daily rediscovery. To know God is necessary to spend consistent time with Him.
The idea caught fire. They gave up everything to go out to China for Christ. But these men found out that getting out of bed in time for the morning watch was as difficult as it was vital. Thornton was determined to turn indolence into discipline. He invented an automatic foolproof cure for laziness. It was a contraption set up by his bed: The intimacy of communion with Christ must be recaptured in the morning quiet time. Call it what you want- the quiet time, personal devotions, the morning watch or individual worship — these holy minutes at the start of each day explain the inner secret of Christianity.
Every man who ever became somebody for God has this at the core of his priorities; time alone with God! David says in Psalm A fixed and established heart produces stability in life. Few men in the Christian community have this heart and life. One of the missing links has been a workable plan on how to begin and maintain a morning watch. Are you willing to take seven minutes every morning? Not five morning out of seven, not six days out of seven- but seven days out of seven!.
Ask God to help you: Tomorrow when the alarm clock goes off at 6. How do you spend these seven minutes? After getting out of bed and taking care of your personal needs, you will want to find a quiet place and there with your Bible enjoy the solitude of seven minutes with God.
Invest the first 30 seconds preparing your heart. Thank Him for the good night of sleep and the opportunities of this new day. Make my mind alert, my soul active and my heart responsive, Lord. Surround me with Your presence during this time. Now take four minutes to read the Bible. Your greatest need is to hear some word from God. Allow the Word to strike fire into your heart. One of the gospels is a good place to begin reading. Start with the book of Mark. Read consecutively — verse after verse, chapter after chapter. Read for the pure joy of reading and allowing God to speak — perhaps just 20 verse or maybe a complete chapter.
When you have finished Mark, start the Gospel of John. After God has spoken through His book, then speak to Him — in prayer. You now have two and a half minutes left for fellowship with Him in four areas of prayer that you can remember by the word ACTS.
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You begin with the proper salutation. Tell the Lord that you love Him. Reflect on His greatness, His power, His majesty and sovereignty. Having seen Him you now want to be sure every sin is cleansed and forsaken. Apply this to prayer. It means to agree with God. Something happened yesterday that you called a slight exaggeration — God calls it a lie!
You call it strong language — God calls it swearing. You call it telling the truth about somebody in the church — God calls it gossip. Express your gratitude to God. Think of several specific things to thank Him for: This is the part of your prayer life where you make your petitions known to Him. Ask for others and then for yourself. Why not include other people around the world, such as missionaries, student studying abroad, friends in distant places, above all the people of many lands who have yet to hear about Jesus Christ? This is simply a guide. Very soon you will discover that it is impossible to spend only seven minutes with the Lord.
Do not become devoted to the habit, but to the Saviour. Do it not because other men are doing it — not as a spiritless duty every morning, nor merely as an end in itself, but because God has granted the priceless privilege of fellowship with Himself. Covenant with Him now to guard, nourish and maintain your morning watch of seven minutes. Spending time with God is our privilege as Christians. We have just looked at how to spend a few minutes with God. You will probably want to do more than that.
But what we have just looked at will help us get started. So let us start by spending quality time with Him because we will gain tremendous benefits from keeping close to Him. So, select a specific time and a place where you can be undisturbed if possible. Follow a simple plan, possibly like the one just looked at. Or, you can follow one of the Bible study methods we have been looking at. Remember the main purpose is to get to know the Lord better.
Let us remember we are here to get to know Jesus Christ better. It is not an intellectual exercise, but a living relationship. Remember to get enough sleep as tiredness, TV etc are time robbers and prevent us from spending time with the Lord. We always spend time on that which is important to us. What is Bible study?
Treat the Bible as a book. Tools for Bible study. Preparation for Bible study. Paul gives us two reasons why we should know the Scriptures: The first purpose is that we might come to know Jesus Christ and receive His salvation, vI5. We learn about Him and redemption through the word.
The scriptures will make us wise unto salvation. The second purpose is to help us grow spiritually that we might be equipped for whatever God wants us to do. The scriptures will help us in our own spiritual growth. Reproof or rebuking shows us where we got off the path Correction or correcting shows us to get back on the right path. Discipline for Godliness1 Tim 4: Give guidance and encouragement Study.. Rightly dividing the Word of truth. Putting off the old man with His deeds.
Encourages repentance, confession, restitution and forsaking sin. Three stages of attitudes toward Bible Study. Answer these questions from Joshua 1: What is the relationship between meditation and application? What are the results of meaningful meditation? It is completely trustworthy. The scripture cannot be broken John 10 verse It is the absolute word of God. No other book has such distinction. We need to see out need of bible study, or incentive or inspiration will be lacking.
Convinced of our need of studying the bible and knowing also our inability to understand it without help, we should depend on the Holy Spirit who indwells us Romans 8 v9 and who was given to guide us into all truth John 16 v It is one thing to know that we need to study the Bible; it is another thing to desire to study it. Such a desire is not forced, but should come naturally to the one who knows the author personally, and loves His fellowship. This is what Peter had in mind when he wrote 1 Peter 2: Last of all then let us approach the Bible with an attitude of submission and mould ability.
We approach the Bible not to do something to it, but let it do something to us. With an open heart and mind, we are prepared to understand the Scriptures. Tools for Bible Study We will look at a basic library and a more advanced library. A wide margin bible would be helpful. One with a good system of cross references. Include one or several recent translations see point 2 2. An Exhaustive concordance An exhaustive concordance lists every usage of every word in the Bible and gives all the references where the word may be found.
Two exhaustive concordances in print today are: Eerdmans The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopaedia. A topical Bible This is similar to a concordance except that it categorises the verses of the Bible by topics instead of by words; e. A Bible handbook This is a combination of an encyclopaedia and a commentary in concise form. B The Amplified Bible 7. A set of word studies An excellent way to study.
Could be in the above list These books help us study the original words of the Bible without knowing anything about Hebrew or Greek. A good set of word studies will give you the following information: The original root meaning of the Hebrew or Greek word The various uses of the word throughout the Bible and in similar non Biblical literature of that historical period.
The frequency with which the word occurs in the Bible. These reference books range from one volume dictionaries to twelve volume sets e. A Bible Atlas Old and New Testament surveys. Harmony of the Gospels. Chronological charts and general charts. Preparation for Bible Study. Let us look at four basic parts to Bible study. An act of the will. Have a will and desire to learn.
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Have a persistence to know. It will need diligence and discipline. Today we want instant communication, instant everything. Real learning takes time. Short cuts are only short circuits and lead to ineffective results. We only remember a small portion of the observations we make. So keep an accurate record. Remember observation is only the first step. Use six basic questions. Use these six basic questions when observing a passage of Scripture. List the people involved.
Note Paul speaks about we, you and they. What ideas are expressed? Where does this take place? When did this take place? What was the historical background? Why did this happen? What is the purpose or stated reason? How are things accomplished?
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Discover the form or structure of the passage under study? Is the passage in the form of poetry, narrative, history, parable, practical advice etc? Find key words In some passages that you study, the key word jumps out at you and is readily apparent. Investigate the use of Old Testament references. Note the progression of an idea or thought. Through thoughts with similar ideas. See 1 Thessalonians 2: Be alert for Proportions The law of proportions is one of the keys to maintaining a balance of emphasis in your personal Bible study.
Record Repetitions As you do your Bible study, take particular note of the repetition of words, phrases, and expressions in the passage being studied. Picture the Illustrations Many of the writers God used to record His word talked in pictures. Examine the Explanations An explanation is anything that is used to illustrate, clarify, illuminate, describe or demonstrate.
Concentrate on connecting words and conjunctions. Be willing to change your viewpoint. Put yourself in their shoes when studying the passage. How would you react? We will be looking at this in five ways. Three methods of interpretation. It is so called to emphasise the fact that the meaning is to be determined by both grammatical and historical considerations. General Principles of interpretation. Gospels and Acts Instructional or teaching….. Revelation and part of the Gospels When studying the instructional portions you discover the writer does not say that because such and such a thing happened, therefore this must be true.
Rather, he asserts just the opposite. Because this is true, a particular thing happened. Rather, because He is the Son of God, He rose from the dead. Grammatical principles of interpretation. As you study a particular word you should determine four things: Context What goes before? Are there any link words e. Are there any references to other parts of the letter? Let us look at the five most common ones: Historical principles of interpretation.
Paul uses Sarah and Hagar to develop his theme that justification by faith in Jesus Christ is apart from the law. Theological principles of interpretation. Some familiar paradoxes are: The Trinity — three yet one. The dual nature of Christ — God, yet man. The origin and existence of evil. Comparison This is an exciting and rewarding aspect of Bible study.
Cross references You may find an important word that you will want to cross reference. Cross reference Ephesians 5: Idea cross-reference Here you endeavour to capture the thought of the author in the passage being studied and compare it with a similar thought elsewhere in the Bible.
Contrasting cross-references Contrasting examples help pinpoint and bring into balance a proper understanding of what the Bible teaches on a subject. Detailed Outline Some people enjoy using a detailed outline when studying a passage. Paul, Silvanus and Timothy To: Grace to you and peace.
God loved the Thessalonians and chose them. You see the whole of your study at a glance. Is there any example for me to follow? Is there any command for me to obey? Is there any promise for me to claim? Is there any new thought about God Himself?
How to apply Scripture to life. Definition of devotional method of Bible study. Four steps to practical application. Ask the Lord for insight as to how to apply the passage and to show you specifically what to do. You already know that the Lord wants you to do two things: Obey His Word 2. Share what we learn to build others up. Read a passage through a few times, thinking it over. Meditation may be compared to rumination; that is what a cow does when it chews the cud.
Scriptural meditation is reading a passage, concentrating on it in different ways. Here are several practical ways you can meditate on a passage of Scripture. Visualise Put yourself into the situation and try to picture yourself in the situation as an active participant. How would you feel if you were involved in the situation?
What would you say? What would you do? Emphasise You can emphasise words in the passage under study, e. Paraphrase Paraphrase the passage under study. Personalise Personalise the passage under study. Thank you Lord, for being my Shepherd, and that I lack nothing. Thank you for making me lie down in green pastures For leading me beside the quiet waters, For restoring my soul, Thank you for guiding me in the paths of righteousness.
Write out the application so you can remember it. It has been proved that if you write something down you will remember it longer and be able to express it to others. Memorise a key verse from the passage you are studying. Ideas for devotional studies. This is my personalised paraphrase. This passage is on the call of Gideon. Lessons Truths to believe When God wants us to accomplish something, He looks for people to use. God often uses the most unexpected people. God can show His strength best through our weaknesses. How to discover the meanings of Bible words.
Definition of the Word study method of Bible study The Word study method of Bible study takes a microscopic look at the origin, definition, occurrences and uses of a particular word, especially as it relates to the context of a passage of Scripture. Why we should study words in the Bible.
Keep two things in mind. Our word studies must be based on original language words and not English words. Two approaches to the word study method of Bible study Contextual approach — looking at one word in the passage in context. Comparative approach — compares every usage of the word through the Bible.
Three common difficulties in doing word studies. Sometimes one Greek or Hebrew word is translated several different ways in English. Follow this procedure in solving this difficulty; List the different ways the word is translated. List how many times it is translated each way. Give examples of each translation if possible Write down how the different meanings might be related. Eight steps on doing a word study. Find out the original word in your concordance or Word study book and write down its definition. How many times does the word occur? In what books does it occur? What writers used the word?
In what book does it occur most? Where does the word first occur in the bible? Where does it first occur in the book you are studying? Use a bible dictionary, Bible encyclopaedia, a word Study set or book for a fuller meaning. Find out how the word was used in other writings. Find out how the word was used in the Bible. How is the word used in other parts of the bible? How is the word used in other books? What is the most frequent use of the word? How is it used the first time in Scripture? Find out how the word is used in the context of the passage. The context will be your most reliable source for insights into what the writer meant.
Does the context give any clues to the meaning of the word?
Is the word compared or contrasted with another word in the context? Is there any illustration in the context that clarifies the meaning of the word? Repent noun-Repentance English Definition: Original Word and Short Definition: Occurrences in the Bible: The author Luke used it the most Luke and Acts. Repentance is not emphasized much in the Epistles because they were written to believers.
Root Meaning and Origin use reference books: It is commanded by God for everyone Acts It is part of saving faith Luke It produces joy in heaven Luke What causes use to repent? I have held a personal grudge in my heart against John ever since the incident in the mountains last fall. It has put a strain on our relationship.
The Lord has convicted me about this in the past but I have put of making restitution. I know I have sinned. I want to repent of this sin now. Tomorrow afternoon I will visit John and ask his forgiveness. I want to straighten this matter out. The verse by verse method takes each verse and examines it from five viewpoints. The five steps you will do with each verse are: Use your notes on observation, particularly the six basic questions.
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To do a more in depth study you should have at least the following to help: God the Father rather than Christ is called Saviour. Does the name Timothy have any special meaning? Pray is in between rejoicing and giving thanks. The pivotal point is prayer. Application Rejoicing, praying and giving thanks are not my strong points. Definition The Chapter method of Bible study involves gaining a good understanding of the material in a chapter by looking carefully at each paragraph, sentence and word in a detailed and systematic way.
Here are some ideas on how to read a chapter of the Bible. Read the chapter several times in different translations. Six steps to doing a chapter study of the bible. Why did the writer say this? What is the meaning of………………? What is the significance of…………………….? What is the implication of………………………?
Why is this important? You should think of your own questions and remember no question you can ask can be too silly. Study the background of the text. Interpret your text in light of the historic, cultural, geographical, economic, social and current events of the book. Use your reference tools for this. For an illustration of a background study, see a background study illustration at the end of the notes on the Book method of Bible study. What are contents of the chapter? You should always begin here, because often the answers to your questions will be found in the verse before or after the verse you are looking at.
Always interpret a passage in the light of its context. List the important people in the chapter. Ask questions, like, who are the most important people and why are they included? Choose a verse that summarises the whole chapter or one that speaks to you personally. Define the words and phrases used.