How to Study the Bible
Today we are having our first focused teaching in our Women in Leadership Summer Deep Dive during our Sunday Services on 'How to Study the Bible'. There will also be a follow up discussion night on June 21. We encourage you to attend!
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We encourage you to spend some time with God this week and go a bit deeper on this topic. You are welcome to attend our Discussion Night on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30pm or study on your own. Please consider these study questions for further reflection:
Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. If possible, read different translations of this passage (NIV, NASB, NLT) One version says "All Scripture is inspired by God...", another says, "All Scripture is God-breathed..." What does this mean and how does it affect your view of the Bible.
The same passage says that Scripture is "useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." Think of a time(s) when you have read something in the Bible, and it has encouraged you, corrected you, taught you or equipped you to serve. How did "the inspired Word of God" do this in your life?
In the Inductive Study Method, we are taught to approach studying the Bible in 3 steps - Observation, Interpretation, and Application. (see Study guide sheet) Use some of the tools and questions listed as you explore the Scripture passage that we shared on Sunday - 1 Corinthians 14:34.
There are two important terms to understand regarding interpretation: Exegesis and Hermeneutics. In exegesis, (then and there) we ask questions like: What is the historical context, the time and the culture of the author and his readers? What is the literary context? What's the point of the message to the original receivers of the message? In hermeneutics, (here and now) we take the intended message for the original audience and translate it to todays audience. We ask questions like: What does this mean for me today? Is this Scripture passage specific for the original audience or is it also specific for me today? Is the Scripture passage teaching a universal principle for the original audience and for me today?
What are some Scripture passages that can be taken out of context if just read alone and not in the full counsel of God in all Scripture? Share some. How are they taken out of context?