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Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
Meaning and Application
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  • 1. Meaning and Application <ul><li>Who Controls the Meaning? </li></ul><ul><li>Levels of Meaning </li></ul><ul><li>The Role of the Holy Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Application </li></ul>Rhema Bible Study
  • 2. Review <ul><li>Three necessary skills Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Observation (O) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpretation (I) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application (A) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(O) How to Read the Book-What to look for in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paragraphs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(I) Context - Now and Then </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What We Bring to the Text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-Understandings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Presuppositions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 3. Review (continued) <ul><ul><li>Historical-Cultural Context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literary Context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bible Translations/History of the Bible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(I) Meaning and Application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meaning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Authorial Intention </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reader Response </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Levels of Meaning (ways men try to determine biblical meaning) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of th e Holy Spirit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>(A) Application </li></ul>
  • 4. Making the Process Clear <ul><li>Observation </li></ul>READ - open the Bible, read a passage; get a general idea of the events UNDERSTAND - word meaning; learn facts; see concepts COMPREHEND -find biblical principles, God’s timeless truths ( MEANING ) APPLY - see myself in the event/situation and how the biblical principles relate to my life; make the timeless truths timely; see what God wants me to do DO - design an action plan; obey God; put into practice what He has taught me in His Word Interpretation Application
  • 5. Application <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As we cross the principlizing bridge we are ready to apply the meaning of the text in our town. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grasping God’s Word = understanding + obedience </li></ul><ul><li>We cannot apply the Bible without understanding it, but we can know the Bible without applying it. </li></ul>
  • 6. <ul><ul><li>Knowing how to apply a biblical text  the subject of this lesson. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actually applying a biblical text  up to you . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God’s goal is our transformation (actual application) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When we come to the point of truly grasping God’s Word, we will find God’s Word grasping us. </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. <ul><li>Meaning and Application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meaning – what the author intended to communicate when he wrote the text. Meaning will be same for all Christians. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Application – the response of the reader to the author’s meaning communicated in the text. Application will vary from Christian to Christian. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Question – “What does this passage mean and how do I apply this meaning to my life?” </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. How to Apply Meaning <ul><li>Application needs to be within the boundaries of the author’s intended meaning. </li></ul><ul><li>Applying biblical meaning follows the steps of our Interpretive Journey </li></ul><ul><li>Step 4 can be expanded into sub-steps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Observe how principles in text address the original situation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore a parallel situation in a contemporary context. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make your application specific. </li></ul></ul>
  • 9. How to Apply Meaning Example <ul><li>Philippians 4:13 </li></ul><ul><li>I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. </li></ul>
  • 10. <ul><li>How to apply meaning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 – Grasp the text in their town by summarizing the original situation (historical-cultural context) and the meaning of the text for the biblical audience. </li></ul></ul>2 – Measure the width of the river. What are the differences between the biblical situation and our situation? Paul told the Philippians that he had learned to be content in a variety of difficult circumstances through Christ, who gives him strength. Paul is an imprisoned apostle. We are not. Neither are we members of the Philippian church. But we are members of Christ’s body, the church, and we are under the same covenant. In addition, many of us experience difficult situations as we seek to live out our faith. The river is narrow .
  • 11. <ul><ul><li>3 – Cross the principlizing bridge. List the theological principle communicated by the text. </li></ul></ul>Believers can learn to be content in a variety of circumstances through Christ, who gives them strength. or Christ will give believers strength to be content in a variety of trying circumstances that come as a result of following him faithfully.
  • 12. <ul><ul><li>4 – Grasping the Text in Our Town. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> a. Observe how the principles address the situation. Note the key elements present in the intersection. </li></ul></ul> b. Discover a parallel situation in contemporary life. Element 1 – A Christian (Paul) Element 2 – A Christian who is experiencing a variety of trying circumstances as a result of following Christ faithfully Element 3 – Christ will give the Christian strength to endure whatever the circumstances Parallel situation = contains all the key elements
  • 13. <ul><ul><li>c. Make your applications specific </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Real-world scenarios or contemporized stories </li></ul><ul><li>Faithful to the meaning of the text and </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant to the contemporary audience </li></ul><ul><li>Are all the key elements present in your scenario or story? </li></ul>
  • 14. <ul><li>Homework </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I Timothy 6:10a reads: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(KJV) For the love of money is the root of all evil: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(NKJV) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(NIV) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(ASV) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take this verse through the Interpretive Journey, including the application process: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Summarize the original situation and the meaning of the text for the biblical audience. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Measure the width of the river. What are the differences between the biblical situation and our situation? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>List the theological principles communicated by the passage. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grasp the text in our town. How should a Christian today apply the theological principles in their lives? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 15. <ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God’s Word remains relevant for every generation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are learning to study the Bible not just to learn more about God, but to know and love God more . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grasping God’s Word = understanding + obedience </li></ul></ul>

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