. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? Deuteronomy 29:29 ( KJV ) 29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. Revelation is imparted truth which could not be discovered by natural reasoning
8 And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed Joshua 1:8 ( TMSG ) 8 And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed
How To Study 1. Set Time Aside Dedicate time daily (start somewhere) and do not allow any outside or inside interference to hinder your time 2. Find a (Study) Bible that you are comfortable with ***Find a translation that you are comfortable with*** 3. Get the right resources Concordance, Commentary, Software, Internet, Journal, Highlighter Pencil
How To Study 4. Find a place where you can focus Find a place that you will be comfortable and alone 5. Pray before you read Prayer opens up communication to and with God Luke 24:45 ( NKJV ) 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures
6. Read carefully before you begin to study 7. Determine what type of study you are going to do? Isaiah 28:10 ( KJV ) 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, a nd there a little: How To Study
Proverbs 4:7 ( KJV ) 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. John 14:26 ( KJV ) 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Studying by Subject and Topic Look up every parallel and relative passage A topical study gives the total picture of what the Word of God has to say on a particular subject. Assemble your information Look up each reference on you list
Organize your material into an outline Make sure you have a coherent and complete coverage of the topic Pray and meditate on revealed truths Ask God to show you how to put into practice in your life what His Word says.
General Principles of Outlining for Bible Study Who wrote it? Who said it? Who are the major characters? Who are the people mentioned? To whom is the author speaking? About whom is he speaking? What are the main events? What are the major ideas? What are the major teachings?
What are these people like? What does he talk about the most? What is his purpose in saying that? When was it written? When did this event take place? When will it happen? When did he say it? When did he do it? Where was this done? Where was this said? Where will it happen? General Principles of Outlining for Bible Study
Principle 1: Main topics are the central ideas. Principle 2: Subtopics are the points that explain the main topics. Principle 3: Sub points are the points that explain the subtopics Principle 4: Capture the logical flow of the author Principle 5: Each subdivision mush have at least two points. The Bible is one revelation without contradiction
How Do You Cross-Reference Scripture? A cross-reference is a reference to another Scripture that supports, illumines, or amplifies the Scripture you are studying Step 1: Use a concordance or a study tool that will show you other places where the same Hebrew or Greek word is used. Step 2: Turn to each of the cross-references and study the context of each cross-reference.
Step 3: When you find a cross-reference that illuminates the Scriptures you are studying, you might want to make not of it in the margin of your Bible next to the appropriate Scripture. Step 4: Some passages don’t really pertain to the subject you are studying. How Do You Cross-Reference Scripture continued?
An Example of the Need to Cross-Reference Cross-Referencing Other Subjects when looking in the concordance, make sure that the same number, the same Greek word, is used in thecross-reference you choose to check. Character Studies; Learning from the Lives of Others Gather all information on character Read and make notes of main truths Check out extra-biblical references Compile your material Apply truth to you own life
Parables are earthly stories that reach heavenly or moral lessons or truths. Parables amplify or affirm doctrine rather than establish it, because parables are more obscure than clear doctrinal passages. Step 1: Determine the occasion of the parable. Step 2: Look for the explanation of the meaning of the parable. Step 3: Identify the central or focal idea of the parable.
Step 4: Since a parable has one central point of emphasis, you must identify the relevant details and the irrelevant details. Step 5: Interpret parables in the context of the culture of Bible times rather than the culture of today. Step 6: Parables should never be the primary or only source for establishing doctrine.
Exegesis- Critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of text In other words it lifts the meaning that is applicable to your life off the pages