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What do we do with the Bible

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Jason Rodriguez

on 23 January 2014

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Transcript of What do we do with the Bible

Humility in our truth
Faith in the Truth
Keys to the Truth
I open my mouth and pant,
because I long for your commandments.
(Psalm 119:131 ESV)

25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:21-27 (ESV)
What do we need to desire the Word?
Is this us?

What are our current attitudes towards Scripture?
1. Humility in our truth
2. Faith in the Truth
3. Keys to the Truth
Different lenses of reading the Bible
Bible Reading Tools (3)
The Story Tool
The Bible as a Story
1. The Jesus Storybook Bible

2. "You study the scriptures thoroughly because you think in them you possess eternal life, and it is these same scriptures that testify about me, but you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life." John 5:39 (NET)

3. The Goal is to situate ourselves in Jesus' Story and recognize how he is the hero.
What do we need in an INTENTIONAL Bible study approach?
1. We need a set beginning, middle and end

2. We need a way to get from point A to point B

3. We need a goal and structure
How long will we go for?
How much will we read?
What will we do within that time frame?

4. We need the right lenses

Anything else?
The Historical Critical Lens
The tell-me-what-to-do lens
The JESUS lens
The opinion-proving lens
The Six Acts of the Play
Jesus is the hero
Structure of the Story Tool: K.R.O.S.
NOW context
What type of literature is this?
Narrative, Law, Psalms, Wisdom, Prophetic, Epistles, Apocalyptic
Who is this being written to?
What act does this fall in?

EAD the ENTIRE book or a long passage

RGANIZE what happened
What were the major events? What was the point? Who were the characters?

EE Jesus
How does the passage prepare a way for Jesus to come as the Messiah?
How is Jesus similar to YHWH, the LORD?
Does the passage leave things open-ended? How does Jesus fill the void?
“Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:27)

Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us (1 Corinthians 15).

Jesus is the true and better Abel who, though innocently slain, has blood now that cries out for our acquittal, not our condemnation (Hebrews 12:24).

Jesus is the true and better Abraham who answered the call of God to leave all the comfortable and familiar and go out into the void “not knowing wither he went!” to create a new people of God.

Jesus is the true and better Isaac who was not just offered up by his father on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us. While God said to Abraham, “Now I know you love me because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love, from me,” now we can say to God, “Now we know that you love me, because you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love, from me.”

Jesus is the true and better Jacob who wrestled and took the blow of justice we deserved, so we, like Jacob, only receive the wounds of grace to wake us up and discipline us.

Jesus is the true and better Joseph who, at the right hand of the king, forgives those who betrayed and sold him and uses his new power to save them.

Jesus is the true and better Moses who stands in the gap between the people and the Lord and who mediates a new covenant (Hebrews 3).

Jesus is the true and better Rock of Moses who, struck with the rod of God’s justice, now gives us water in the desert.

Jesus is the true and better Job, the truly innocent sufferer, who then intercedes for and saves his stupid friends (Job 42).

Jesus is the true and better David, whose victory becomes his people’s victory, though they never lifted a stone to accomplish it themselves.

Jesus is the true and better Esther who didn’t just risk losing an earthly palace but lost the ultimate and heavenly one, who didn’t just risk his life, but gave his life to save his people.

Jesus is the true and better Jonah who was cast out into the storm so that we could be brought in.

Jesus is the real Rock of Moses, the real Passover Lamb – innocent, perfect, helpless, slain so the angel of death will pass over us. He is the true temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true sacrifice, the Lamb, the Light, the Bread.

The Bible’s really not about you – it’s about him.”- Tim Keller
The Sermon Tool
The Sermon Tool
1. Best used on paragraphs or complete ideas

2. Best used when you have no idea of what something means

3. Best for finding things you might miss

4. More analytical and teaching oriented

5. The Goal is to comprehensively analyze and interpret a passage
The Sermon Tool Structure
Repetitive words?
Contrasting words?
Is there a main statement?

Who, what, when, why, how?
"What does the Greek mean?"
What is the central theme?


What are the biblical principles?

How does that apply to my life?
The Spirit Tool
The Spirit Tool
1. You only need the Bible and the Spirit

2. Best used on a few verses at most

3. Won't be of any use unless you "walk it out"

4. Gives room for creativity and diversity

5. The Goal is to listen to God and absorb Truth into your soul anyway possible
"meditate day and night"
"The great thing is to prevent his doing anything. As long as he does not convert it into action, it does not matter how much he thinks about his new repentance. Let the little brute wallow in it. Let him, if he has any bent that way, write a book about it; that is often an excellent way of sterilizing the seeds which the Enemy plants in a human soul. Let him do anything but act. No amount of piety in his imagination and affections will harm us if we can keep it out of his will. As one of the humans has said, active habits are strengthened by repetition but passive ones are weakened. The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able to ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel,

Your affectionate Uncle, SCREWTAPE"
Helpful Humility Questions:

Where have I gotten my truths?
Could my truth be wrong?

Friends and Family
Text books, teachers, institutions
Helpful Realities to Humility:

1. The heart is deceitful above all things (Jer. 17:9)

2. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23)

3. There is a battle for our soul
"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." 1 Pet. 5:8 (ESV)
"But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ." 1 Cor. 11:3 (ESV)

Why do you have faith in the Truth of the Bible?
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you...

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." John 14:15-17, 25,26
Why should we be confident that we can read the Bible?
The Scriptures
is the
are about
The Scriptures
are about
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper" Psalm 1 (KJV)
The Spirit helps us understand the Truth from Scripture
"Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit" Ephesians 5:17-18

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart" Hebrews 4:12
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