Living by the BookAn Introduction to Bible Study Methods Week 3
Titus 3:3-8For we also once were foolishourselves, disobedient, deceived,enslaved to various lusts andpleasures, spending our life inmalice and envy, hateful, hatingone another.
Titus 3:3-8But when the kindness of God ourSavior and His love for mankindappeared, He saved us, not on the basisof deeds which we have done inrighteousness, but according to Hismercy, by the washing of regenerationand renewing by the Holy Spirit,whom He poured out upon us richlythrough Jesus Christ our Savior, so thatbeing justified by His grace we wouldbe made heirs according to the hope ofeternal life.
Titus 3:3-8This is a trustworthy statement;and concerning these things Iwant you to speak confidently, sothat those who have believed Godwill be careful to engage in gooddeeds. These things are good andprofitable for men.
Where we were?• Observation• Interpretation• Application• Correlation
Where are we going?• Observation• Interpretation• Application• Correlation
Application Integrating what has been interpreted.Our task, then, is two-sided. First, wemust get into the Word of God forourselves. But then we must allow thatWord to get into us, to make apermanent different in our characterand conduct. Living by the Book by Howard and William Hendricks
Application• Substitutes for Application – Interpretation – Superficial obedience for substantive life-change – Rationalization for repentance – Emotional experience for a volitional decision
PracticeOne aspect of world that I have beenable to identify as harmful to Christiansis the assumption that anythingworthwhile can be acquired at once…There is a great market for religiousexperience in our world; there is littleenthusiasm for the patient acquisitionof virtue, little inclination to sign up fora long apprenticeship in what earliergenerations of Christians calledholiness. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson
Words of CautionHaving determined the universalelements of a passage through theprocess of evaluation, the next step is todiscover the exact contemporarysituation to which the passage isapplicable. For though the truths onemay have found are actually timeless, itdoes not follow that they can beapplied indiscriminately to anycircumstances. Methodical Bible Study by Robert Traina
Governing Principles• Principles should correlate with the general teaching of Scripture• Principles should speak to the needs, interests, questions, and problems of real life today• Principles should indicate a course of action
Governing PrinciplesWhat we are looking for inreading [or studying] the Bible isthe ability to turn the two-dimensional words on paper intoa three-dimensional encounterwith God, so that the text takes onlife and meaning and depth andperspective and gives us directionfor what to do today. The Blue Parakeet by Scot McKnight
Shortcuts• To do and what not to do – Converting the story of the Bible into a collection of little more than commandments completely distorts the Bible.• Morsels of Blessing and Promises – Blessings and promises of God in the Bible emerge from a real life’s story that also knows that we live in a broken world and some days are tough.• Seeing what is in our head – Instead of being swept into the Bible story, the Bible gives us an opportunity for narcissism.• Puzzling together the pieces to map God’s mind – God has given us what He wants us to know
Titus 3:3-8• From your key learning of the passage, explore some applications• From your secondary learning of the passage, identify some applications
Next Week• Observation• Interpretation• Application• Correlation