Foundations of the Faith 4: Intoduction to Bible Study

Introduction

After spending the last few weeks learning about the first foundation, that is prayer, we are moving on to our next foundation: Bible Study. Before we get to the Bible, there are a few thoughts on hermeneutics, that is a fancy word meaning the rules of Bible study and there are many but for the purpose of our study, we will limit ourselves to a few.

  1. Never use the Word of God for personal gain. [i]

 

Luke 4:1-4

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. 3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'” 

NKJV

 

Jesus was hungry and could have easily made bread for Himself, but He chose to use the Word for God’s glory not to satisfy His physical needs. Don’t get me wrong God is concerned about our physical needs but do not miss the spiritual lesson: Jesus did not need to prove Himself to the devil who He was.

 

The Bible is a mirror so we can see our own faults, it is the brass laver (Ex 38:8 He made the laver of bronze and its base of bronze, from the bronze mirrors of the serving women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. NKJV); it is a sword to use in spiritual warfare, but when we start using it as a offensive weapon against the lost or against brothers and sisters in Christ, we run the very real risk of becoming judgmental, hypocritical in a word a Pharisee plucking at the splinter in our brother’s eye while almost knocking his head off with the log in our own eye!

  1. Always use the Word of God in Context. If we do not use a verse out of context. The Bible is meant to be read passage by passage, chapter by chapter, book by book so we can understand correctly what is being said. There is a danger in using the “hunt and peck” method of Bible study. Open the Bible randomly to one verse: Matt 27:5 Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself.  Second verse Luke 10:37 Go, and do thou likewise. Third verse John 13:27 What you do, do quickly. Out of context, we come up with the thought: suicide is ok, but nothing is further from the truth but you can make a doctrine out of almost anything if we ignore the context!
  2. Be careful of Definitions. Meanings change over the course of time and from place to place. Getting a lift in the USA and in England are quite different. In the USA it means you are getting a ride in a car, in England it means you are riding an elevator. The solution is to use a good Bible dictionary that gives meaning closer to when the Bible was written. I like the Strongs Concordance/Dictionary and the Vine’s Expository Dictionary. We have both available here on the PC Study Bible.

Reading v. Studying

When we think about Bible study we think about reading the Bible, and quote the promise of Revelation 1:3 feeling we will be blessed by reading the Word.

Rev 1:3

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

NKJV

 

We need to understand what three words mean to understand what this verse means

 

Blessed NT:3107; to beatify, i.e. pronounce (or esteem) fortunate: KJV – call blessed, count happy. makarios (mak-ar’-ee-os); a prolonged form of the poetical makar (meaning the same); supremely blest; by extension, fortunate, well off: KJV – blessed, happy (X -ier).[ii]

 

Read NT:314 anaginosko (an-ag-in-oce’-ko); from NT:303 and NT:1097; to know again, i.e. (by extension) to read: KJV – read. [iii]

 

Hear NT:191 akouo (ak-oo’-o); a primary verb; to hear (in various senses): KJV – give (in the) audience (of), come (to the ears), ([shall]) hear (-er, -ken), be noised, be reported, understand.[iv]

 

So we understand, it is more than a onetime casual reading that is being spoken of here. It means to read and read again, to listen, and by extension to do what it says.

 

So study is the key, not just reading. To search and study and apply the scriptures to our lives.

John 5:39- You search (G2045 ereunaō er-yoo-nah’-o Apparently from G2046 (through the idea of inquiry); to seek, that is, (figuratively) to investigate: – search.)

  •  the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  NKJV
  • 2 Tim 2:15 Study (G4704 spoudazō spoo-dad’-zo From G4710; to use speed, that is, to make effort, be prompt or earnest: – do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavour, labour, study.) to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. KJV

Why do we Study the Bible?

2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. NKJV

didaskalia

 

  • Docturine: NT:1319 didaskalia (did-as-kal-ee’-ah); from NT:1320; instruction (the function or the information): KJV – doctrine, learning, teaching.[v]
  • Reproof-NT:1648 a elegmos (el-eng-mos’); from NT:1651; found only in 2 Tim 3:16: conviction (of a sinner), punishment, refutation of error, reproof.[vi]
  • Correction NT:1882 epanorthosis (ep-an-or’-tho-sis); from a compound of NT:1909 and NT:461; a straightening up again, i.e. (figuratively) rectification (reformation): KJV – correction[vii]
  • Instruction NT:3809 paideia (pahee-di’-ah); from NT:3811; tutorage, i.e. education or training; by implication, disciplinary correction: KJV – chastening, chastisement, instruction, nurture.[viii]
  • Perfect NT:739 artios (ar’-tee-os); from NT:737; fresh, i.e. (by implication) complete: KJV – perfect.[ix]
  • So we can do the work of God. It is to glorify Jesus not beat each other down!

Verse Study

We will start off with the shortest of studies, the verse study. In this we focus on one or two verses in the Bible, but we need to be mindful of context!

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

 

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.

NKJV

 

  • What is the key word or words? Trust (batach OT:982 batach (baw-takh’); a primitive root; properly, to hie for refuge [but not so precipitately as OT:2620]; figuratively, to trust, be confident or sure: KJV – be bold (confident, secure, sure), careless (one, woman), put confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust.
  • Who are we to trust in? The Lord
  • Is there a promise? Yes He will lead us.
  • What are the conditions to the promise? We must trust the Lord and lean on Him only, not on ourselves.

 

I know this was an easy one, and for homework, do Psalm 1:1-2, it is also not too difficult and we will discuss this one next week

 


[i] Duplantis, Jessie, Strike One, Strike 2, Strike 3, devil Your Out, DVD, Jessie Duplantis Ministries.

[ii] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.

[iii] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.

[iv] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.

[v] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.

[vi] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.

[vii] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.

[viii] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.

[ix] Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.

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2 thoughts on “Foundations of the Faith 4: Intoduction to Bible Study

  1. I am curentley studying the Foundations of the Faith Bibliogy- The study of the Bible. On page 5 of the outline what dose JEDP stand for

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    1. I looked on page 5 and could not find the reference referred to. I need to see the context to determine the meaning. Sorry could not help more at this time.

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