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Are you seeking Christ in His Word?
"We have attempted to know God through the lives of men. We need to know God through the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ."
G. Albert Darst
"Let your intellect be exercised concerning the Lord
Jesus. Meditate upon what you read: stop not at the surface;
dive into the depths." Charles Spurgeon
Contents: 1) The How & Why of Studying the Bible 2) How Readest Thou?
The Source of the Word
We study the Word because it is from God and, therefore, is profitable.
Who The Word Is
We study the Word because it is a written revelation of Jesus Christ.
The Ability of Gods Word
We study the Word because of its ability to discern our hearts.
What The Word Produces
We study the Word because it builds and confirms our trust in God.
What We Are To Allow The Word To Accomplish
We study the Word because of its ability to change our lives.
How We Appropriate The Word To Ourselves
We study the Word for approval, for purpose, and for the Truth, of God.
How We Are To Utilize The Word
We study the Word for direction and stability for our life.
How We Are To Apply The Word
We study the Word to be "Doers," not just "Hearers".
What We Are To Do With The Word
We are to study the Word to evangelize the lost, and to edify the saved.
Who Is Our Example?
We are to study the Word to find the example of Christ.
What Is Gods Purpose For Our Lives?
We are to study the Word to be conformed to Christ,
So the ultimate purpose of Bible study is to
How do you approach the Bible?
"Reading" may or may not have a purposed behind it. "Study" is a deeper exercise that involves a plan of study, a purpose in study, a benefit from study, and a blessing in working out in life what you have studied.
Fawcett said, "The general design of this divine book is, to establish the soul in believing the testimony which God has given concerning His Son Jesus Christ, to direct it in doing His will, and to comfort it in all the sufferings and afflictions attendant on the present state."
Since the Word of God is actually the Logos incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ, to have or gain the mind of Christ is to read and study the Bible. To read your Bible is to know the mind of Christ upon any subject of which it speaks. To study the Bible is to gain the mind of Christ! Purposeful study of God's Word should "change our vile minds" (repentance), making us, slowly but surely, more "conformed to the image of His Son."
HOW OUR LORD OPENED THE SCRIPTURES TO HIS DISCIPLES
v25. He reminded them/us that they/we have an intellectual problem ("fools"), a heart problem ("slow of heart"), and a spiritual problem ("believe") when it comes to God's Word, because it is the enemy of their/our sin-nature. (Rom. 8:7; Eph. 2:16)
v26. He revealed that the "history" in the Bible is "His-story."
v27. Jesus Christ taught these disciples by a four step method:
1. Begin: "Beginning at Moses," i.e. the Book of Genesis, and ending at "all the prophets," i.e. the Book of Malachi (all they had).
2. Consider Every Word: ("expounding" = "to interpret fully, to thoroughly explain").
3. Consider Every Portion: "in all the scriptures."
4. Look For Christ and the Things That Concern Him: "the things concerning Himself."
The Result of Christ's Method
v29. They constrained Him (they wanted more).
v30. They fellowshipped with Him (there was sweet communion).
v31. Their [spiritual] eyes were opened, and for the first time, "they knew Him." (Hosea 4:6; Phil. 3:10)
v32. They spoke to one another about their encounter with Him.
The Changes Made by Christ's Method
v33. They rose up the same hour (they got going about the Father's business). They returned to their first love/spiritual roots ("Jerusalem"). They sought to be assembled with other believers ("found the eleven").
v34. They testified to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
v35. They testified of what Jesus Christ had done in their own lives.
v36 They experienced the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
HOW TO STUDY GOD'S WORD FOR YOURSELF
I. Read the passage marking every mention of the Persons of the Godhead (You can buy an erasable yellow pen at office supply stores)
Eph. 5:1-2 "Be ye therefore followers ofGod as dear children: and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks."
II. Consider what can be learned about God from this passage (look for the action words (verbs), or descriptive words (nouns)).
1. The reality of God ( "God" = Father, Son, Holy Spirit (Trinity))
2. The reality of Christ ("Christ" = Messiah)
3. Christ loved us ("Love" = self-sacrificing)
4. Christ gave Himself for us (our substitute)
5. Christ gave Himself as an offering to God (freely given)
6. Christ gave Himself as a sacrifice to God (shedding of blood)
7. Christ gave Himself as a sweet-smelling savour to God (well-pleasing)
III. Meditate (think about, ponder) what these revelations of the Lord mean to you.
1. He can make us followers of God (Christ has given us a purpose to walk in)
2. He has made us dear ("beloved") to God (Christ has given us a relationship to walk in)
3. He can make us to walk in love (Christ has given us an attitude to walk in)
4. We are loved by Christ (Christ has given us an assurance to walk in)
5. He gave Himself for us (Christ has given us an example to walk in)
6. He became our offering (Christ has given us a reason to walk in)
7. He became our sacrifice (Christ has given us a satisfaction to walk in)
8. He made us a sweet savour to God (Christ has given us a spiritual benefit to walk in)
IV. Determine the demands made upon you by the Lord (commands, promises, action to be taken)
1. Be a follower of God
2. Realize our relationship to God (dear = beloved)
3. Walk in love (self-sacrificing), according to Christ's example
4. Remember His offering and sacrifice for us
"But" = Contrast
V. How can I fulfill the demands of God?
1. Put away
a. fornication (sexual sins)
b. all uncleanness (impurities)
c. all covetousness (wanting another's things)
d. filthiness (ugliness, obscenity)
e. foolish talking (waste of time)
f. jesting (dishonest, time wasting wit)
"But" = Contrast
2. Give thanks
VI. Determine to put this prescription for life to work
1. Think about how it can be done in your life
2. Act on the best method to get it done in your life
3. Make a habit of this action of life
4. It will then become part of your character of life
FOR A DAILY "PICK-ME UP"
Pick a regular time
It is one thing to read the Bible
Some read it as their duty once a
Some read to bring themselves into
Some read it for the wonders that
Some read as it it did not speak
Some read to prove a preadopted
Some people read, as I have often
But read it prayerfully, and you
So trust no creed that trembles to
Christ's Method of Teaching
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