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BIBL 102 (Su ‘18) T12a - Application

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Transcript of BIBL 102 (Su ‘18) T12a - Application

(Adapted from Zondervan Academic Resources for "Grasping God's Word)
As we cross the principlizing bridge we are ready to apply the meaning of the text in our town.
Grasping God’s Word =

We cannot apply the Bible without understanding it, but we can know the Bible without applying it.

is what the author intended to communicate when he wrote the text. Meaning will be the
for all Christians.
is the response of the reader to the author’s meaning communicated in the text. Application will
from Christian to Christian.
How to Apply Meaning
Grasp the text in their town by summarizing the original situation (historical-cultural context) and the meaning of the text for the biblical audience.
Element 1 – A Christian (Paul)
Element 2 – A Christian who is experiencing a variety of
trying circumstances as a result of following
Christ faithfully
Element 3 – Christ will give the Christian strength to endure
whatever the circumstances
Grasping the Text in Our Town.
Believers can learn to be content in a variety of circumstances through Christ, who gives them strength.
Christ will give believers strength to be content in a variety of trying circumstances that come as a result of following him faithfully.

The Interpretive Journey
b. Discover a parallel situation in contemporary life.
c. Make your applications specific
“What does this passage mean and how do I apply this meaning to my life?”
Measure the width of the river.
What are the differences between the biblical situation and our situation?
Paul is an imprisoned apostle. We are not. Neither are we members of the Philippian church. But we are members of Christ’s body, the church, and we are under the same covenant. In addition, many of us experience difficult situations as we seek to live out our faith. The river is narrow.
Example Phil 4:13 (read first)
Paul told the Philippians that he had learned to be content in a variety of difficult circumstances through Christ, who gives him strength.
Cross the principlizing bridge.
List the theological principle communicated by the text.
With Philippians 4:13, we don't see anything in the principle we have discovered that is refuted by the rest of the Bible.
Consult the Biblical Map. How does the theological principle fit with the rest of the Bible?
a. Observe how the principles address the situation.
Note the key elements present in the intersection.
Parallel situation = contains all the key elements
Real-world scenarios or contemporized stories need to be:
Faithful to the meaning of the text and
Relevant to the contemporary audience

the key elements present in your scenario or story?
God’s Word remains relevant for every generation.
We are learning to study the Bible not just to learn more about God, but to know and love God more.
Grasping God’s Word =
Knowing how to apply a biblical text is the subject of this chapter. Actually applying a biblical text is up to you.
God’s goal is our transformation
(actual application).
When we come to the point of truly grasping God’s Word, we will find God’s Word is grasping us.
Five Questions
(Adopted from David Helm,
Expositional Preaching,

Kindle loc 1285)
1. What
does the biblical author have for his readers?
2. (Narrative) How are the
in this text responding to God’s
truth, or God’s Anointed?
3. (Discourse/poetry) Is this application the
primary application
this text or merely a possible one? (John 7:37-39 - thirsty people?
4. Does this application
undermine my text
? Does the application
contradict other biblical texts? (-> only a possible application?)
5. Is the application I am making
grounded in the gospel
, or am I in
danger of simply placing more command on my people?
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