2What is applicationMe and my violin Christian who is not applying the Bible is like a cyclist never ride a bike A fisherman never fished A pilot never flying A cellist never playing Applying the Bible is simply allowing the Bible to make a difference in our lives.
3What is applicationApplication is answering the question; “so what” after any sermon or Bible study Or Why should I know these facts? How can I use this information? What am I going to do about what I have just learned?
4What is applicationI know that; “Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude” (1 Cor 13:4-5) “So what?”
5Why ApplyThe Bible is God’s Word, and whatever God says to us is full of living power.It is sharper than the sharpest dagger, cutting swift and deep into our innermost thoughts and desires, exposing us for what we really are (Heb 4:12).It was the Holy Spirit within these godly men who gave them true messages from God (2 Pet. 1:20-21)
6Why Apply So, the whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God It is useful to teach us what is trueIt makes us realize what is wrong in our lives.It straightens us out.It helps us do what is right.It makes us well prepared and fully equipped to do good to everyone(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
7ProblemsWhen we study the Bible we find books which might explain facts of Septuagint, Pentateuch and Ammonites, when I want to know about worry, stress, peer pressure, and anger.
8SometimesWe dont read the Bible thinking that just having a Bible at home, in my car, loaded on my phone is enough to bless and change my life.We read, and memorize verses, even compete in Bible quizzesWe read and understand much of what the Bible is saying. But we don't know how to apply.There is still a gap between the Scripture we read and the lives we live.
9James ExplainedJames 1:22-25 We are to do what the Bible says, not just read and understand
10Isaiah told God’s people St. Paul Explained1 Corinthians 10:11St. Paul is saying that reading the Bible should affect the way we live.Isaiah told God’s people“Won’t even one of you apply these lessons from the past and see the ruin that awaits you up ahead?(Isaiah 42:23)
11Because of who God is: God knows us and He knows everything about us Because of who God is: God knows us and He knows everything about us. God knows our talents, potential, gifts, and fears. He also knows everything happened, is happening and will happen. God loves us and wants the very best for us. It only makes sense to discover God’s will and do it.
12Because of who we are: We can’t see the future, we don’t know ourselves very well, and we easily forget the past. If we are left to our own device, we stumble, fall, and fail. We need help. We need directions. We need wisdom. We need encouragement. We need answers.
13Because of the way the world is: Our world is fallen Because of the way the world is: Our world is fallen. It is filled with sin and ruled by Satan. It is filled with temptations, questions, pressures, and pitfalls. God does not want to remove us from the world; He want to use us to make a difference in the world (Jn 17:13-18)
14But how can we tell how well we are applying the Bible? Consider the following five steps in application process:ReadUnderstandComprehendApplyDo
15Read Open the Bible and read a passage; get a general idea of the story Understand Know what all the words mean; learn facts; see the concepts Comprehend Find the biblical principles, the timeless truths that God wants to communicate
16apply See myself in the story 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 and put into practice now what He has taught me in His Word Step 1 reading, is the bare minimum Step 5 doing, is the goal.
17Let us assess our relationship with the Bible Give a number that is most appropriate for each step:1-bad; 2-poor; 3-all right; 4-good; 5-very goodReadUnderstandComprehendApplyDo
18The first stageMust be open to God as He speaks through His Word. Approaching scriptures with the prayer “Lord, speak to me” And eagerly anticipating God’s direction, counsel, and personal communication
19The second stage “Taking it personally” We should put the Bible truths and principles into a personal context, asking, “what does the message mean for me?” In other words, it means looking at Bible study from a personal perspective, going beyond the historical and cultural context, the words in the text, and the theology. It also means taking a look, an honest look, at our lives, anticipating that there will be a lesson to learn and apply.
20The third stage “What should I do about it?” What; looking for a specific action to take Should; understanding that the message is to be obeyed I; recognizing that the application is for me. Do; seeing that action, obedience, is involved. About; knowing that the action is a response. It; to a biblical teaching.
21The forth stage “Action plan?” Now what?; this involve thinking Now that I know what God wants me to do, What am I going to do about it? Where am I going to start? What will be my first step?
22So far We have discussed; What is application Why application is important Self-assessed our relationship with the Bible Looked generally at the steps involved: 1. Receive the message 2. Reflect on my life 3. Identify what I need to change 4. Lay out a plan to make that change.
23Actually, it seems very simple, doesn’t it? SoWhy is application so difficult?
24The initial 5 steps (what’s) are: Read, understand, comprehend, apply, and doOf course speaking about the process of studying the Bible is easy; but doing it takes a lot more work.i.e. Moving from reading to comprehend or from comprehend to apply is a big jump.Let us break the task down into smaller tasks.
25Let us take them one at a time. Using smaller steps, will help us be able to climb the Bible study ladder much more easily.Let us take them one at a time.
26ReadUse a translation of the Bible that is easy to understand yet accurate(Van Dyke) / (NKJV, NRSV)Use Bible study tools.Attend Bible study with a group.Prepare your shopping list.Express your needs to God.
27Before you read the Bible Stop and take a simple spiritual diagnosis before opening the pages of Scriptures.What conflicts am I facing at work, home, school, or church?What resources do I lack? (time, energy, money, relationships)What difficult situations am I facing?What personal shortcomings am I struggling to overcome?
28Before you read the Bible By discovering your needs and expressing them to God, you will prepare your heart to receive His words.Verses will seem to jump off the page, and you will find more applications.Focusing on your needs will help you to respond to directions given by God in the Bible.
29PeopleHuman nature has not changed over the centuries, neither have human struggles and problems.Find people, including all the characters in the passage, those actively taking parts and those mentioned.Sometimes no specific individuals or groups of people are mentioned such as in Proverbs. But we should not forget the author, the original audience and God.
30Moses giving the speech and writing the book; PeopleIn Exodus 13, we haveMoses giving the speech and writing the book;The nation of Israel;Pharaoh;Other nations,JosephIsrael’s sonsAnd God
31People In Acts 3:1-11, we have Peter; John; The beggar The individuals who carried the beggar to the temple’s gate.People who saw the man healed,The Lord Jesus is also mentioned.The author (Luke)And God
32We should identify the people and learn something about them. For example, if in a prophetic book, the prophet spends a full chapter condemning a nation we’ve never heard of, we should use a Bible dictionary and find out more about what those people were like.
33Here is some questions to ask: PeopleHere is some questions to ask:Who are all of the people in this passage?How are these people like in today’s world?What characteristics in myself do I see represented in these people?
34PlaceThis step helps put the passage in its original setting, the historical and cultural context.The more we know about the culture, history, and problems of the people in the passage, the more we will be able to find parallels to our lives today. (drinking wine, the word “woman”, . .).
35Here is some questions to ask: PlaceHere is some questions to ask:What is the setting of this passage?What are the significant details in the history, culture and geography?What are the similarities to my world?
36Look for what is going on among people or between God and people. Scenarios / plotsLook for what is going on among people or between God and people.This step is easy in historical books but it is difficult in other books. (Philemon).Questions:What is happening in this passage?What would I have done in this situation?How is this similar to what is happening in my life or in the world today?
37To identify the message PrinciplesTo identify the messageQuestions:What is the message?What is the timeless truth?
38The story of Aaron’s staff budding, blossoming and producing almonds. Example; Number 17The story of Aaron’s staff budding, blossoming and producing almonds.The Lord wanted to stop the constant complaints of the people against Moses and Aaron.
39To bring biblical principles into the present; Questions:What does this principle mean for my society and culture?How can I make the timeless truth timely?
40ApplyIn James 1:19; the principle is simple; Christians should “listen much, speak little, and not become angry”To bring this principle into the present, take a moment to think about the possible applications for home, school, work, church, neighbourhood and the world.
41PrioritiesThis step involves looking at how we should change on the inside in order to change the outsideIt means stopping to think about the work God wants to do in our lives before determining specific vertues.How should I set up my priorities?Values, beliefs, attitudes, character, thoughts, motivesWhat kind of person does God want me to become.
42Action That is actually doing what God TOLD me to do. It is putting words into action.It is to live differentlyThis step involves selecting a goal, breaking it down into bite-size pieces, then DO IT.Confirm what God wants me to do about what I have learned (GOAL)Determine what steps will get me to that goal.
43Action There are two types of actions: Intentional I WILL followed by TO DO in order (1, 2, 3, ..)ConditionalIF followed by THENApplying 1 Cor 13
44Action I will be more loving to my wife by: Not complaining when I come home from workClearing the table after dinnerBringing her roses next weekAndIf she had a bad day, then I will listen to herand not argue with her.
45The need for a goalTo apply the message we received, we need a strategyBut first we must determine our goalGoals can be long term or short term.Goals can be quantitative or qualitativeGoals can be general or specificBe realistic
46Be realistic Action There are two types of actions: Intentional I WILL followed by TO DO in order (1, 2, 3, ..)ConditionalIF followed by THENBe realistic
47we must make the first step so small. Even after designing a realistic action plan to reach a realistic goal, you still have to overcome the biggest problem.The first stepwe must make the first step so small.When we take the first step, we will be much more likely to achieve our goals
48Small steps Are there doctrines that God wants me to know and believe? Are there lessons here for me to learn?Are there examples for me to follow?Are there sins for me to avoid?Are there prayers for me to pray?Are there commands for me to obey?
49Small steps Then, I move to the relational questions. I take my time in meditating on these:What does this passage reveal about God’s heart?How am I to respond to God and to His response to the people in the text?How will I live to improve and deepen my relationships?How can I better love the people around me?