2 Timothy 2:15 • Diligence – Strong's G4704 - spoudazō (2) to exert one's self, endeavour, give diligence • Approved vs. Ashamed before God • Rightly dividing • Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.
Study - Essential For Growth 1 Peter 2:1-3 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 2 Peter 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. …
Tips For Successful Study • Study with the intention of understanding.
Intend To Understand John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” cf. Luke 10:25-28 Psalm 119:104 Through Your precepts I get understanding;Therefore I hate every false way. Ephesians 5:17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Intend To Understand Ephesians3:3-5 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
Tips For Successful Study • Study with the intention of understanding. • Study consistently
Study Consistently • Every day. • Deuteronomy 6:6-9 • Psalm 119:97 Oh, how I love Your law!It is my meditation all the day. • 1 Timothy 4: 13-16 • Prioritize your time. • 5 Day Bible Reading Schedule http://www.bibleclassmaterial.com/Catalog/Mark%20Roberts/BibleReadingSchedule.htm
Tips For Successful Study • Study with the intention of understanding. • Study consistently • Study systematically
Study Systematically • Don’t do it willynilly. • Study a book. • Study a topic. • Study a person. • Websites - Blueletterbible.org, biblegateway.com, biblos.com, bible.ca • Reference books – Halley’s Bible Handbook, Eaton’s Bible Dictionary, Strong’s Analytical Concordance, Nave’s Topical Bible, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Vine’s Expository Dictionary, Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon
Tips For Successful Study • Study with the intention of understanding. • Study consistently • Study systematically • Follow rules of good hermeneutics
Inductive Method • of reasoning; proceeding from particular facts to a general conclusion • We read the Scriptures • Determine the Facts • Draw logical conclusions based on those facts
How we discern the facts: • Direct Statements • Assumptions in the Bible • Necessary Inference • Approved Precedent (example)
Rules For Interpretation • The Bible must harmonize • We must distinguish between the covenants • Consider the audience and their circumstances • Consider the context – immediate and broad • Recognize figurative language
Tips For Successful Study • Study with the intention of understanding. • Study consistently • Study systematically • Follow rules of good hermeneutics • Study like your life depends on it.
Our Life Depends On God’s Word • Romans 1:16-17 • John 12:48 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.
Obey God’s Word Today! • Believe – John 8:24 • Repent – Luke 13:3 • Confess – Matthew 10:32-33 • Be Baptized – Mark 16:16 • Be Faithful – Revelation 2:10