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Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by DaChaser1, Jan 19, 2012.
Topical, character, word studies, book by book etc?
Aside from the obvious such as computerized word searches, and also having something like the Blue Letter Bible website on hand, for original language and scores of other resources, here's something unconventional I do, which I think everyone should actually:
Whatever you're reading in the Bible, try to think of something else in scripture that says the exact opposite. Then the whole truth resides in the reconciliation, the synthesis of those two. I personally don't even have to try and find "contradictions" they just come to me. But scripture does tend to be paradoxical like that, force you to reconcile things that it says. But I think pastors should do this in their sermons, because always they have one pet theme and don't introduce anything in their sermon that would detract from it, even if its something else in scripture. That's just a pet peeve of mine, because just listening to typical sermons its easy to think of contradictions from scripture itself.
Just my 2 cents.
Yes, I avoid what men have written about the subject no matter what it is. Then I ask God to reveal the scriptures He has in mind for me.
I believe Harrold Camping had the same philosophy of avoiding the study of others.
Why would anyone want to know what you have to communicate when you avoid what others communicate?
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14, ESV)
Off the top of my head, this is generally the way I approach a text.
1. Read through the entire book every day for a week/month, using different translations and media.
2. Research historical background of the times it was written.
3. Develop preliminary outline – look for major points
4. NEXT: Read through section
5. Develop outline – map out the flow of the authors arguments
6. Look for key words/ideas
7. Examine for parallel texts – especially those alluded to by author.
8. Read commentaries - as many as you can.
9. Reexamine the text
During the latter steps I begin the process of application to myself and to those I teach.
Great post Rob....:thumbs:
So what you are saying is all your understanding and thoughts on Scripture come straight from God to you?
I think if this is the case, as you are implying, you have no reason to comment on the Bible to us, as you do not read others, thus we don't need one another at all. It's mutually exclusive...back to your cave! :laugh:
Anyhow my friend, did God ever teach you Ephesians 4:11-12, or is that just for "the rest of us"?
To the OP,
Sometimes writing down thoughts and questions of the passage are quite helpful in studying, and answering these, formulating them into points.
Reading what other pastors, teachers and evangelists have said about these, since God sent them to us to help us (commentaries &c).
Considering intended audience, context, historical setting, background, human author and his background leading up to this event (not to the extreme that the Word isn't for us).
One more thing that I think is very important. Prayer and dependence upon God.
Preaching through books will help keep others from saying that you prepared the message about them, and help you touch on touchy subjects because eventually that text will come up in your series.
Thank you for this helpful and most excellent post:thumbsup::thumbs::thumbsup::thumbs:
Yes...it sounds spiritual to say....it is just God teaching me....no books of men etc. It is both, not either/or
I tend to read through a book several times before anything else is done...
Next, check background/histroical status around the Book...
then usually do a chaper by chapter reading, writing down key words, phrases, doctrines
then go into the greek/hebrew wordstudies via the lexicons and grammars
Important thing for ME to remember is to apply what was learned, or it profits me NOTHING!
You do realise that the Lord has given unto the church gifted people whose task is to be able to write and teach to us the truths of the scriptures ?
that scriptures alone does NOT mean just the Bible, and no other authors should be also consulted!
I thought my post was a bit harsh.
Plain n Simple makes a simple point that’s worth listening to.
A reliance on commentaries may stifle what the Spirit may be teaching you.
Before quickly running to other authors, allow some time for personal study, meditation and reflection.
I’ve found that during the summer months my best meditation (leading to application) occurs on the back of my lawnmower.