How to Study the Bible – Final Steps in Bible Study
Well friends here we are to wrap up our series on how to study the bible if you missed any of them be sure to check the blog site that is linked below.
Well now that we are rounding out our how to study the bible session the rest should be pretty easy. When drawing our conclusions like we did back in 1 John we saw that the Word of Life was there at creation and then in the Gospel of John we saw that indeed it was the key factor in creation and then we see there in John that indeed this Word of Life is Jesus. These were the conclusion we could draw from the first 2 verses of chapter 1. We concluded that the basic principle John was referring to was to establish a relationship with the Word which develops into fellowship with like minded believers as well as with the Father through Jesus Christ.
Not very hard huh? Remember you want to be looking for what you do understand and draw out from what you know the conclusions to what you do not know. Get down the specifics and follow it up with a good comb over of what can be found within the text, the book, the author’s writings, and finally the entire bible. If you are stuck and having trouble try doing a word study with a program such as E-Sword. Type in the word or phrase and see how it is used and if it relates at all to what you are studying.
Confirm your Conclusions
Do your conclusions make biblical sense? A fine example is the often abused Romans 14:5 here it is talking about days and esteeming them in your own mind one above another. The greatest folly here is to ASSUME this is referring to Holy Days or Days of worship when the greater context of the chapter is about food and eating (as in when to and not to). The greater error does not fully understand the Author and the context historically of his background. Paul was a Pharisee, Pharisees fasted primarily on Tuesdays and Thursdays, he is discussing people eating or not eating to the Lord and both contextually are glorifying him (the Lord). Could it be that instead of this text being your proof text on why or why not you should worship on a certain day of the week does it make biblical sense that he is discussing fasting? Indeed it does go reread it you’ll see it for sure. A NOTE OF CAUTION: you should always bounce new ideas or new found light/truth off your study partners or small group. Not because you are right or wrong but because a wise man seeketh wise counsel!
Assuming you prayed and asked for divine guidance throughout your study your application to your observation and interpretation should be easy and sound. How does the study apply to you, your church, prophetically, etc? The first and best thing to do is give an honest look at yourself and ask God how does this affect me. Perhaps there is a key verse that you should memorize or have specifically marked out in your bible as your call to attention text. Pray again for God to help you apply the conclusion you have come to in your own life before bombing it on others!
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