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Bible Intake II

by on January 23, 2011

Here are a few resources from this weeks lesson:

Partnering to Remember: The 2011 Memory Moleskine by Timmy Brister


An Approach to the Extended Memorization of Scripture (PDF)  by Andrew Davis, Pastor of FBC Durham.

And finally, here’s that last section we talked about as far as interpretation goes. I thought it would be good for you to have this to look back over:

A.  Understand the text before trying to apply it.

In 2 Timothy 2:15 we are exhorted to Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

Accepted principles of interpretation to follow are:

1.     Context
Each biblical statement must be considered in context.  We must consider the author’s stated purpose, what issue he was trying to address.

2.     Style
Consider the style of the material and then interpret it within that framework.  Poetry is to be treated as poetry.  Historical accounts are to be treated as history, parables as parables, hyperbole as hyperbole, and so on.

3.     Word Meaning
Consider the meaning of the individual words, at the time written, and the individual’s use of them.

4.     Non-Contradiction
The Bible has a single author, God.  If two parts of Scripture seem to contradict each other, our interpretation of one or both must be in error.  Each passage of Scripture must be understood not only in its immediate context, but also in light of the context of the whole of Scripture.  This is sometimes stated as “Scripture interprets Scripture.”  The Westminster Confession (I, ix) states: “The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself, and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any Scripture (which is not manifold, but one), it must be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly.”

B.  Ask application-oriented questions of the text

That third question, “What does it mean to me,” is the application question.  To avoid overlooking an application, it is helpful to ask ourselves another set of questions about the text we’re reading:

  • Does it reveal something I should believe about God?
  • Does it reveal something I should praise or thank or trust God for?
  • Does it reveal something I should pray about for myself or others?
  • Does it reveal something I should have a new attitude about?
  • Does it reveal something I should make a decision about?
  • Does it reveal something I should do for the sake of Christ?

C.  When you come up with an application, respond specifically

Far too often, we slack off in disciplining ourselves to respond specifically.  If we are not disciplined, we can have times with God and remain unmoved by Him.

Every encounter with Scripture should lead to a response:  An act of faith, worship, praise, or prayer.  Application may not demand an overt action.


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