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Bible Study Methods: Introduction
Transcript of Bible Study Methods: Introduction
1 Pet 2:2
Approaches to Bible Study
What did the text mean to the original audience?
What are the differences between the biblical audience and us?
What is the theological principle in this text?
How does it apply to us today?
What does it say?
What does it mean?
Lord help me see it
Lord, help me understand it.
How does it apply to us?
Lord help me live it
1.The Bible is the Word of God.
2.The Bible is trustworthy and true. (Infallible and inerrant)
3.God has entered into human history; thus the supernatural (miracles, etc.) does occur.
4.The Bible is not contradictory; it is unified, yet diverse. Nevertheless, God is bigger than we are, and he is not always easy to comprehend. Thus the Bible also has tension and mystery to it.
Bible Study Methods
How wide is the river?
Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory. No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Should be reflected in the text
Should be timeless
Should not be culturally bound
Should correspond to the teaching of the rest of Scripture
Should be relevant to both the biblical and contemporary audience
Criteria for formulating Theological principle
Step 1: What did the text mean to the biblical audience?
Step 2: What are the differences between the biblical audience and us?
Step 3: What is the theological principle in this text?
Step 4: How should individual Christians apply the theological principle in their lives?