How to study the bible - Pastor Joseph V. Thelusca


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How to study the bible - Pastor Joseph V. Thelusca

  2. 2. <ul><li>The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change [transform] our lives. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>D. L. Moody </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 <ul><li>All Scripture is god-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man [woman] of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Presuppositions From Scripture <ul><ul><ul><li>The Bible is the word of God and is the primary and authoritative means by which He reveals himself to human beings. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Holy Spirit inspired the Bible writers with thoughts, ideas, and objective information, in turn they expressed these in their own words </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. CON’T <ul><li>All scripture is inspired by God and came through the work of the Holy Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Although it was given to those who was living in ancient Near Eastern & Mediterranean context, the Bible transcends its cultural background as to serve as God’s words for all cultural, racial and situational context. </li></ul>
  6. 6. CON’T <ul><li>The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the clear, infallible revelation of God’s will and His salvation. </li></ul><ul><li>Scripture is an authentic, reliable record of history and God’s acts in history. </li></ul><ul><li>The Bible is NOT like other books. It is an indivisible blend of the divine and the human. </li></ul><ul><li>Human reason is subject to the Bible, not equal to or above it. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Divisions of The Bible <ul><li>The Old Testament </li></ul><ul><li>1. The Law – 5 books of Moses (Gen-Deut) </li></ul><ul><li>2. The Prophets – Three major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel); Twelve minor prophets (Hosea – Malachi) </li></ul><ul><li>3. The Writings (Wisdom Lits) – Psalms, Proverbs, Daniel, Job, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Chronicles, Song of Solomon. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The New Testament <ul><li>Five divisions </li></ul><ul><li>The four Gospels (M, M, L, J) </li></ul><ul><li>The historical book of Acts </li></ul><ul><li>The Fourteen epistles of Paul </li></ul><ul><li>The Seven general (Catholic) epistles </li></ul><ul><li>The prophetic book of Revelation. </li></ul>
  9. 9. HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE <ul><li>1. The Chapter Summary method </li></ul><ul><li>2. Book-by-book analysis </li></ul><ul><li>3. The Topical study (faith, love, Second Coming) </li></ul><ul><li>4. Biographical study </li></ul><ul><li>5. The Verse-by-Verse Analysis Method </li></ul><ul><li>6.Seek a biblical solution to specific life- </li></ul><ul><li>Problem, biblical satisfaction for a specific </li></ul><ul><li>need, or answer to a specific question. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Methods of Bible Study <ul><li>Select a Bible version for study that’s faithful to the meaning contained in languages in which the Bible was written </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a definite plan of study </li></ul><ul><li>Seek to grasp the simple, most obvious meaning of the biblical passage being studied. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Methods of Bible Study <ul><li>Seek to discover the underlying major themes of scripture. </li></ul><ul><li>Two basic themes run throughout scripture: </li></ul><ul><li>The Person and work of Jesus Christ </li></ul><ul><li>The great controversy perspective involving the authority of God’s word, the fall of man, the first and second advents of Christ and the restoration of the divine plan for the universe. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Methods of Bible Study <ul><li>Recognize the Bible is its own interpreter and that the meaning of words, texts, passages is best determined by diligently comparing scripture with scripture </li></ul><ul><li>Study the context of the passage under consideration by relating it to the sentences and paragraphs immediately preceding and following it. </li></ul><ul><li>As far as possible ascertain the historical circumstances in which the passage was written by the biblical writer. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Methods of Bible Study <ul><li>Determine the literary type the author is using. Some biblical material is composed of parables, proverbs, allegories, psalms, poetry, and apocalyptic prophecies. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize that a given biblical text may not conform in every detail to present-day literary categories. </li></ul><ul><li>In connection with the study of the text, explore the historical and cultural factors. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Methods of Bible Study <ul><li>Take note of grammar and sentence construction in order to discover the author’s [writer] meaning. Study the key words of the passage by comparing their use in other parts of the Bible by means of a concordance. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Methods of Bible Study <ul><li>1. Schedule your Bible study time. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Keep a notebook. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Get the right tools. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Spend time in prayer before each study. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Selecting The Right Tools For Good Bible Study <ul><li>1. The study Bible. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Several recent translation (OPTIONAL) </li></ul><ul><li>3. An exhaustive concordance. </li></ul><ul><li>4. A Bible dictionary and/or Bible encyclopedia. </li></ul><ul><li>5. E. G. White Books. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Application Of The Text <ul><li>Key Questions </li></ul><ul><li>What is the message and purpose God intends to convey through scripture? </li></ul><ul><li>What meaning does this text have for me? </li></ul><ul><li>How does it apply to my situation and circumstances today? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Key Questions <ul><li>What does this passage tell me about God? </li></ul><ul><li>What does this passage tell me about me and God? </li></ul><ul><li>How does this passage help me walk with God? </li></ul><ul><li>LET’S GO TO A TEXT TO PRACTICE </li></ul>
  19. 19. SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES = SPIRITUAL GROWTH <ul><li>“ Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ” Dietrich Bonhoeffer </li></ul><ul><li>Q: What makes something a spiritual discipline? </li></ul><ul><li>Any activity that can help me gain power to live life as Jesus taught and modeled it. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Rabbi Lawrence Kushner in his book Jewish Spirituality wrote this: “Spirituality is religion experienced intimately.” </li></ul><ul><li>He continues. “Spirituality is where you and God meet – and what you do about it.” </li></ul>
  21. 21. WHAT’S A DISCIPLINED PERSON? <ul><li>A person who can do the right thing at the right time in the right way with the right spirit. </li></ul><ul><li>How can I become a disciplined person? </li></ul><ul><li>You will have to enter into a life of TRAINING if you are serious. </li></ul><ul><li>TRYING hard can accomplish only so much. </li></ul>
  22. 22. How To Experience God <ul><li>1. God is always at work around you. </li></ul><ul><li>2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal. </li></ul><ul><li>3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work. </li></ul>
  23. 23. How To Experience God <ul><li>4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances and the church to reveal Himself, His presence, His purpose, and His ways. </li></ul><ul><li>5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action. </li></ul>
  24. 24. How To Experience God <ul><li>6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing. </li></ul><ul><li>7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him and he accomplishes His work through you. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Experiencing God, p. 50 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Informational Reading Formational Reading Seeks to cover as much as possible Focuses on small portion A linear process An in-depth process Seeks to master the text Allows the text to master us The text as a object to use The text as a subject that shapes us Analytical, critical, and judgmental Humble, submissive, willing, loving approach Problem-solving mentality Openness to mystery
  26. 26. The Word and Spiritual Vitality <ul><li>1. God’s Word give us life. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Philippians 2:16 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2. God’s Word can make you righteous. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 Corinthians </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>3. God’s Word can produce growth. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 Peter 2:2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>4. God’s Word sanctifies us. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>John 17:7 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>5. God’s Word gives us wisdom. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Psalm 119:98 </li></ul></ul></ul>