1. To remind the Christian of the importance of Bible study by pointing out its benefits.
2. To remind the Christian that he/she must go to the Bible when formulating Christian doctrine and practice.
3. To have the Christian learn some basic principles of Biblical interpretation.
A. II Timothy 3:14-17
1. What is meant by "Holy Scriptures"?
2. Name five things the Bible is useful for. Explain each.
3. What does it mean to be "thoroughly equipped"?
4. What's the significance of scriptures being "Godbreathed"(2 Peter 1:19-21)?
5. You have everything you need right now, right where you are to become a mature Christian who is completely equipped!
B. Psalm 119:9-16
1. How can a person maintain a pure life?
2. What is the attitude of the Psalmist toward the Law?
3. What can you learn from his example?
4. How may you hide the word of God in your heart?
5. What are some things that will tempt you to neglect the word?
6. How can you deal with these temptations?
C. Discuss the following principles for Bible study.
1. Understand the historical context.
2. A text can never mean what it never meant.
3. Whenever we share similar specific life situations with the first-century setting, God's word to us is the same as God's word to them.
4. Acceptance or rejection of various practices not directly addressed in scripture should be based on an analysis of how they relate to beliefs and practices that are addressed in scripture.
5. Seek to understand the literary context.
D. Suggestions for beginning Bible study.
1. Plan for it.
2. Find a good place.
3. Use a notebook.
4. Sins to forsake Promises to claim Examples to follow Commands to obey Knowledge gained
E. Work through a passage together using SPECK.
F. Recommend a book to begin studying through.
1. Memory verse: II Timothy 3:16-17
2. Continue with books of New Testament: HebrewsRevelation
3. Continue Foundations
4. Bring notebook of studies to next meeting.
5. Scripture memory handout.
6. Recommended reading:
a. How to Read the Bible For All It's Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart. Zondervan, 1982.
b. The Navigator Bible Studies Handbook. Nav Press, 1975.
c. Scripture Memory Secrets from Topical Memory System, NavPress 1969 and 1981.
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