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Study to Show Thyself Approved

SeekingBiblicalI have posted these two videos before, but sometimes I have to be reminded why I spend so much of my time in bible study.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

My mom use to say to me over and over “You won’t be popular, but you won’t be ashamed before God”

Hermeneutics comes from the Greek word hermeneuo, which means to explain or interpret, it is the branch of theology that focuses on identifying and applying sound principles of biblical interpretation. While the Bible is generally plain in its meaning, proper interpretation requires careful study and is not always an easy task.

It was D.L Moody who said “Merely reading the Bible is no use at all without we study it thoroughly, and hunt it through, as it were, for some great truth.”

You won’t be popular, but you won’t be ashamed before God

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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A Text Without a Context is a Pretext

Dr. John MacArthur“The Bible is not a random collection of verses that may be interpreted in isolation. To properly understand any passage one must interpret it in light of the paragraphs immediately preceding and following it, the chapter or section it is in, and the book containing it. Context provides the flow of thought in which any given passage of Scripture exists. To ignore context is to sacrifice a proper interpretation; it has well been said that a text without a context is a pretext.” (John MacArthur James, Moody Publishers, 1998, p. 274.)

cutting straight

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

 

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Alone with God

I love to wake up early in the morning when it’s still dark out, when the house is quiet and just be alone with God and His word. There is no better place than with God and His word, no distractions and worries of the day about to start.

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16 In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35

David said in Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

I’m asked all the time why do you get up so early?

My response is always the same, I think Jesus set the precedence for raising early for prayer and communion with God and to study His word. Of course I’m not saying this is a must, some people just can’t… But I am saying you must find a time during the day to be alone with God, to get away from the things of the world that draws us away from Him.

The bible is loaded with Jesus withdrawing alone to be with God or just with His disciples Luke 4:42, 5:16, 6:12, 9:12 and that’s just the gospel of Luke which I happen to be reading now.

I was reading a biography of Matthew Henry and read these words from him “I am always best when alone; no place like my own study; no company like good books, and especially the book of God.”

If you say as I was that I will get to prayer later, you never will, something with always come up, I’ll study and read my Bible later, you never will, something will always come up.

Martin Luther said this:

“It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business in the morning and the last in the evening. Guard yourself against such false and deceitful thoughts that keep whispering: Wait a while. In an hour or so I will pray. I must first finish this or that. Thinking such thoughts we get away from prayer into other things that will hold us and involve us till the prayer of the day comes to naught.”

I remember there came a time in my walk with Christ that I said enough is enough! So I remembered the example my Mom set for me and the example my Pastor was setting for me, so if I was going to grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ I had to get serious with my prayer and my bible and be alone with God.

I, Too, am always best
when I’m alone with God

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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Cutting Straight the Word of Truth

 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. ~ 2 Timothy 2:15

Your word is very pure, Therefore Your servant loves it

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Proper Bible Study and Reading

I really like this from Doug Wilson about proper Bible study, it kind of reminds me of the same thing MacArthur says Here… Wilson says… Proper Bible study must always be preceded by thorough reading. Most mistakes in interpretation are caused because the context of the passage is neglected. In most cases, the context is neglected because it is not read.

Often new Christians are introduced to certain “narrow” types of Bible study (memorization, Bible study guides, etc) without having any idea of what the Bible as a whole is all about. This causes several problems. First, someone could “study” the Bible for years in this fashion without ever really learning. Secondly, this ignorance is seldom dealt with because it is hidden behind an impressive array of Bible quotes. When a Christian quotes a passage out of Hosea from memory, it rarely occurs to others to wonder if he has ever read Hosea. If he hasn’t (as is frequently the case), he cannot know the context of the passage he quotes. This is because he learned it off a little white card and the card has no context. Read the entire article Here

1 Peter 2:2 like newborn babies,
long for the pure milk of the word,
so that by it you may grow in
respect to salvation,

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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Meditating on Scripture

“Remember that it is not hasty reading, but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time on the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.” Thomas Brooks

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MacArthur Monday… Modeling Bible Study Through Preaching

“It means to preach the Bible in such a way, that the meaning of the Bible passage is presented entirely and exactly as it was intended by God. That’s the challenge – the divine Word coming through the preacher.”

Years ago a reporter said to me, “Do you have a desire to build the church?” I said, “Not really because Christ said He would build the church and I’d rather not compete with Him.” That’s a losing enterprise. So we have been blessed to see the Lord continue to build His church. We’re so greatly thankful for that.

[Benefits of] expounding the Scriptures:

1. [It] encourages the congregation to bring their Bibles to church, and everything that leads believers to value the Scriptures is important.

2. Exposition may open the Scriptures to them and create in them a desire to meditate for themselves. When they again read over the portion of the Word which has been expounded, they will remember what has been said. Thus, it leaves a more lasting impression on their minds.

3. Expounding large portions of the Word, such as an entire gospel or epistle, leads the teacher to consider portions of the Word which he might otherwise overlook. This keeps him from speaking too much on favorite subjects and leaning too much to particular parts of truth – a tendency which will surely sooner or later injure both himself and his hearers.

George Muller Excerpted from: The Autobiography of George Muller, 1984, p.33-34

Soli Deo Gloria

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Studying God’s Word

I love this video from Dr. Lawson… So Encouraging!

Here then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion.  Our problem is that we are lazy. (R.C. Sproul Knowing Scripture.)

Steve Lawson on studying God’s Word from Resolved on Vimeo.

Amidst the flood of dangerous reading, I plead for my Master’s book; I call upon you not to forget the book of the soul. Do not let newspapers, novels, and romances be read, while the prophets and Apostles be despised. Do not let the exciting and sensual swallow up your attention, while the edifying and the sanctifying can find no place in your mind. (J.C. Ryle Thoughts for Young Men.)

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Be diligent to present yourself approved to God

I have posted this video before… But it seems to work well with the subject of bible study

2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

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Who Can Study the Bible?


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