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1 How to Study the Bible 2Ti 2:15 “Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”

2 “Truth must enter into the soul, penetrate and saturate it, or else it is of no value. Doctrines held as a matter of creed are like bread in the hand, which ministers no nourishment to the frame; but doctrine accepted by the heart, is as food digested, which, by assimilation, sustains and builds up the body.” Spurgeon

3 Pray before and throughout your study of the Bible. 1Co 2:13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

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5 We need to study the Bible as the Word of God. We need to study the Bible as the Word of God. As Divinely Reveled, As Divinely Preserved, As Divinely Authoritative

6 Remember when there is a wherefore or a therefore look around to see what it is therefore. Remember when there is a wherefore or a therefore look around to see what it is therefore. He 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

7 askfor Seek God for the truth and then ask for the courage to stand on it. Seek God for the truth and then a aa ask f ff for the courage to stand on it. Jn 7:13 However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews. 12:42 ¶ Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;

8 All doctrine clearly must have its foundations in the N.T. All doctrine clearly must have its foundations in the N.T. Mt 9:16 No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. 2Co 3:7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses' face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory?

9 All doctrines must be founded on at All doctrines must be founded on at least 2-3 clear scriptural vs. All doctrines must be founded on at least 2-3 clear scriptural vs. Mt 18:16 But if he will not hear you, take one or two more with you, so that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. De 19:15

10 To believe what you think is obvious, is to overlook the obvious and substitute the obscure for the evident. To believe what you think is obvious, is to overlook the obvious and substitute the obscure for the evident. Jn 20:6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, 7 and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 For as yet they did not know the Scripture that He must rise again from the dead.

11 Isa 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. 1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God ; Make sure to interpret your experience by the Bible and not the Bible by your experience.

12 Always be reachable and teachable Always be reachable and teachable 2Pe 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen

13 The Bible must be the final court of appeals for all doctrine. Not your Denomination, not your Pastor, not your Commentaries, not Science, and not Your Opinion

14 Definition Biblical hermeneutics is a scholarly, systematic consistent, and objective (dealing with facts without distortion by personal feelings, or prejudices ) approach to interpreting, understanding, and explaining the Holy Scriptures.

15 Four Major Points Context, Content (text), Comparison, Common Sense

16 The 5 W’s of Context 1. Who? 2. Why? 3.Where? 4. What? 5. Whom?

17 1. Who is speaking, and to whom is he speaking? Rev 3: 20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.“

18 Re 3:14 ¶ "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, 'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' --and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked- 18 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

19 2. Why: Why: Understanding the reason why something was said or done, sometimes helps to objectively understand a teaching… Mt 19:23 ¶ Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 "And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.“ 25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?“

20 Mt 19:16 ¶ Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?“ 17 So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." 18 He said to Him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, "'You shall not murder,' 'You shall not commit adultery,' 'You shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear false witness,‘ 19 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 20 The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?" 21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.“ 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 ¶ Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 "And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?"

21 3. Where : 3.Where: Many times in studying a text, what may seem to be a clear teaching by itself, takes on a different meaning when considered where contextually the passage falls. Jn 6:51 "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world...“ Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

22 Jn 6:9 "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?“ 26 Jesus answered them and said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 "Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.“ 34 Then they said to Him, "Lord, give us this bread always."35 And Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 40 "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.“ 47 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. 48 "I am the bread of life. 52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?"

23 60 ¶ Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying; who can understand it?“ 61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, "Does this offend you? 63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?“ 68 But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Jn 4:14 But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.7:37 ¶ On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.“

24 Mt 16:18 "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades Hades shall not prevail against it. Also, knowing some of the history of where a passage was spoken, will enrich your understanding.

25 Or, knowing something about the geographical location of the area to where where a passage was addressed, many times will enrich your understanding. Re 3:16 "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

26 4. What : What: knowing what contextually is being dealt with (in (in the book or the passage) passage) is important in preventing pre-textual interpretations. 1Jn 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. 1Jn 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.

27 When : When: knowing when when a book was written and its historical setting, setting, will shed light and bring enrichment to your study. Date & Historical Setting Ex. the Gospel of John was written after 70 AD; therefore this explains why there is no account of our Lord's prophecy of the fall of Jerusalem. Ex. the letters to the Romans and 1 Peter were written about AD during the reign of the infamous Nero. Knowing this makes Rm 13:1-7 & 1Pe 2: :13-17 speak more powerfully to our lives.

28 Rm 13:1 ¶ Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 7 ¶ Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. Rm 13:1 ¶ Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God's minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 7 ¶ Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. 1 Pe 2:13 ¶ Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men--

29 Also, within the context itself, keeping in mind when when a teaching was given, will shed greater light and give deeper understanding. Lu 22:19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me." 20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. Mt 26:26-29, Mk 14:22-24, 1 Co 11:24-25 Easton’s Bible Dictionary- It was primarily a commemorative ordinance, reminding the children of Israel of their deliverance out of Egypt; Ex 12: 7 "Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. 11 In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD's Passover. 14 And this day will be to you a memorial, and you will celebrate it as a festival to the Lord for all your generations; Easton’s Bible Dictionary- It was primarily a commemorative ordinance, reminding the children of Israel of their deliverance out of Egypt; Ex 12: 7 "Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. 11 In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the LORD's Passover. 14 And this day will be to you a memorial, and you will celebrate it as a festival to the Lord for all your generations;


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