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Bible Study Tip #7 Rely on the Spirit

The Bible is the word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Tim 3:16). The Spirit helped write the words that we have and the Spirit has full comprehension of the meaning of what the Spirit has communicated to us through the Bible. So the Spirit helps on the “speaking” end of the conversation. We often recognize that but what we talk about less frequently is that the Spirit can also help us on the “listening” end of the conversation. We see this in John 16:13 where Jesus says the Spirit will guide us in all truth. 2 Corinthians 2:13-14 tells us that there are things that the person of God will only be able to discern through the help of the Spirit who is in them. The Spirit has said what the Spirit has said in the text. We need to read it and try to understand it. The Spirit can help us come into closer connection with the text by helping us be in a position to receive those words with greater openness…to listen with greater clarity. People of the Spirit, who have the fruit of the Spirit, will be in a better position to understand the words of the Spirit than people who are consumed with fleshly things.

So when you read the Bible rely on the Spirit to humble you. Rely on the Spirit to take away your pride. Lean in on the Spirit to open your heart and mind to let what the Spirit has already communicated actually be heard so that the words and work of the Spirit can transform us to be more like Jesus. There are far too many times I read the Bible without any consideration of the Spirit who is the very author of the words I read. I am trying to do a better job to rely on the Spirit in my study…not for some kind of fresh revelation…the Bible already tells me what I need to know, rather to be in a state of mind and spirit to receive the things that Spirit is telling me through the text.

Bible Study Tip #6 Not Every Word in the Bible is Something to Live By

Did you know that not every word in the Bible is something we should live by? You have to pay attention to who is speaking. You have probably heard someone say in your lifetime “God doesn’t hear a sinner’s prayer” and point you to John 10:31. That is what the text says. But you haveContinue Reading

Bible Study Tip #5 – Getting to Know the Bigger Story

The Bible doesn’t read like a typical continuous or chronological story. It just isn’t organized that way and that can be very confusing when you start studying the Bible. Think of the Old Testament in three sections: The story (Genesis-Esther), wisdom and poetry (Job-Song of Songs) and the prophets (Isaiah-Malachi). If you read Genesis –Continue Reading

Bible Study Tip #4 Which “Gesis” Do You Need?

No, not Jesus…Gesis. I am talking about exegesis and eisegesis. I know this doesn’t sound like beginner material but let me assure you that you need to have a handle on these terms if you are going to be a student of the scripture. The reason I believe understanding the ideas behind these two termsContinue Reading

Bible Study Tip #3 The Gist of Bible Translations

Since most people will not be reading the Bible in its original languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek) we typically rely heavily on English translations. In the previous post I said the best translation is the one you will read consistently just make sure it is a fairly modern translation (so the language is current) doneContinue Reading

Bible Study Tip #2 Which Bible Translation Should I Use?

There are many English translations one can choose from. There are so many that Craig Blomberg remarked a few years ago in his book “Can We Still Believe the Bible” that publishers need to stop making new English translations until we have put more translations in other languages. I appreciate that position a great deal.Continue Reading

Bible Study Tip #1 Consistency

If you want to know God’s Word you have to study regularly. Consistency is the key even if what you are reading or studying is a very small amount. It isn’t about getting through the Bible in a year. It isn’t about always doing an in depth study. Knowing the Bible takes consistency. Be inContinue Reading

Does Unity Require Uniformity?

The short answer is no and yes. The answer is no if you mean complete agreement in all things. The answer is yes if you mean the core doctrines of the Christian faith. When we say we have to have “unity without uniformity” we are talking about the first. We are saying that the BibleContinue Reading

What is the “Perfect” in 1 Corinthians 13? It Has Nothing to do with the Completion of the Bible

“For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 (KJV) For as far back as I can remember the popular interpretation of this verse was that the perfect was the completed New Testament.Continue Reading

Metacognition and Church of Christ Theology: An Introduction

It is important to think about how we think. That is what metacognition is all about. What are the presuppositions that we bring to the table that influence our understanding of the Bible? John Locke believed infants were born tabula rasa (blank slate) but that is certainly not the case when we enter into anyContinue Reading

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