Putting the Pieces Together

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If you want to study the word of God, but don't quite know where to start, this study will help you initiate a strong love and understanding for God's word. You'll be introduced to a number of …

If you want to study the word of God, but don't quite know where to start, this study will help you initiate a strong love and understanding for God's word. You'll be introduced to a number of practical methods, along with explanations of how God's word is revealed through the three

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  • 1. Putting the Pieces Together Learning to Effectively Study and Understand the Word of God Search the Scriptures, for in them you hope that you have eternal life, and they testify concerning Me. (John 5:39, Aramaic Translation)
  • 2. Discussion Topics Study Agenda Scripture Study What does it mean to study God’s word and why is it important? Scripture Dynamics Understanding the depth of God’s word and applying correct interpretation Meditation Falling in love with God through His word Study Methods Learning to rightly divide the word of truth Bible Study Tools The proper use and context of biblical research 1 Knowledge and Revelation Comparing natural comprehension to spiritual insight and understanding 2 3 4 5 6
  • 3. • Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. • Joshua 1:8, NLT • Reading is for information • Study is for understanding • Faith increases with hearing (reading), but relationship with God is enhanced by understanding (study) • God is His word (John 1:1) Scripture Study Reading vs. Studying
  • 4. MESSAGE • What is the literal message conveyed in the text? • What does it actually say? • What doesn’t it say? CONTEXT • What details and events surround the text? INTENT • What was the original purpose or expression of the message (history)? AUDIENCE • To whom is the message directed? REVELATION • Spiritual insight and understanding provided by the Holy Spirit Dynamics of Scripture The Multidimensional Nature of God’s Word
  • 5. METHOD • Reading the Word • Romans 10:17 • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 • Matthew 4:4 • 1 Peter 2:2 • Studying the Word • 2 Timothy 2:15 • Psalm 119:11 • Holy Spirit • 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 • 1 Corinthians 14:2 • Hebrews 10:16-29 • 1 John 2:20 • Message (Information/ Awareness) • Context, Intent, Audience (Knowledge) • Revelation (Understanding) DIMENSION Dynamics of Scripture Study Knowledge vs. Understanding/Revelation
  • 6. MEDITATION • To think deeply or focus one’s mind an d spirit for a period of time, often in silence, for the purpose of spiritual or religious purposes or as a means of relaxation • To think and ponder deeply Scripture Meditation Meditation on the Word of God •Communion and/or communication with God Prayer •Starving the flesh (entertainment, food, etc.) for the purpose of connecting with God Fasting •Deep and personal admiration and praise for God Worship
  • 7. Study Methods 1st Dimension | Reading the Message while Building Your Faith • Pick up your Bible and readRead • 90 Days, E100 Bible Reading Plans • Eight chapters per day “Eat Your Eight” • Read through John, Revelation, etc.Book Studies • Email subscriptions, mobile updates, etc. Daily Verses/ Readings
  • 8. Study Methods 2nd Dimension | Study to Build Knowledge Scripture Memorization Character Studies Word Studies Research and Exploration (History) Cross Referencing Study Groups
  • 9. Study Methods 3nd Dimension | Building Relationship and Gaining Revelation Meditation (Journaling) Prayer Worship Divine Revelation
  • 10. To maximize one’s spiritual growth, believers should incorporate a variety of Bible study methods to ensure continued growth in spiritual knowledge and relationship with the Father. Bible Study Methods Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth – A Healthy Balance Reading 20% Studying 20% Prayer and Meditation 40% Listening to Preaching and Teaching 20%
  • 11. Bible Study Tools Building Your Personal Library and Arsenal Study Bible Summary Bible Online/ Electronic Tools • Concordance • Dictionary • Audio Tools • Alternative Versions Christian Books • Commentary
  • 12. BIBLE STUDY TOOLS Demonstration Bible Gateway www.biblegateway.com Blue Letter Bible www.blueletterbible.org
  • 13. PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER Learning to Effectively Study and Understand the Word of God Breath of Life International Church ©2014