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Lesson #08e

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Bible Perspectives: How to Study the Bible for Yourself – Part II
Lesson #08
“The Beginning of the End”

  • Daily Spiritual Diary Discussion
  • Personal Concordance Discussion
  • Homework Discussion:
    • #9 Comprehensive Book Analysis
    • : Chapter Analysis Sheet #C and #D – Jonah 2

    (to go to homework answers for the teacher – an example)

    • Class Lesson: The Beginning of the New Testament
      • Matthew
      • (Levi) [The Gift of Jehovah]

        • The Theme and Major Highlights:

      • This book is the gospel of the past in that it was written to the Orthodox Jews bound by the traditions of the past.
      • The book presents Jesus Christ as “King of Kings”.
        • In this respect the book parallels the color purple of the tabernacle curtains which signified that Christ fulfilled the Mosaic Law.
        • In this respect the book parallels the face of the lion in the book of Ezekiel which signifies that Christ fulfilled the prophets.

      • Christ in the book of Matthew:
        • The book contains Jesus’ genealogy back to Abraham to prove that He is the Messiah, King of the Jews.
        • Jesus is presented as the great teacher who accurately interpreted the Mosaic Law.
        • The Significance to the Christian Life:
          • God fulfills his promises as He did for the first coming of the Messiah.
          • Mark
          • (Jehovah is Gracious)

            • The Theme and Major Highlights:
              • This book is the gospel of the present in that the author was concerned with the burdens and needs of the people in the present.
              • This book was written to the Romans who were the current power at that time.
              • This book presents Jesus Christ as “the servant of man” who carries all our burdens.
                • In this respect, the book parallels the color red in the tabernacle curtains which prefigures the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
                • In this respect, the book parallels the face of an ox in the book of Ezekiel as the ox is the bearer of burdens.

              • Christ in the book of Mark:
                • The book stresses the deeds and actions of Jesus Christ.
                • The Significance to the Christian Life:
                  • God is concerned about your every burden and provides help through Jesus Christ.
                  • Luke
                  • (Light)

                    • The Theme and Major Highlights:
                      • This book is the gospel of the future in that it was written to the Gentiles that would be the future of the church.
                      • This book was written by the only Biblical author that was a Gentile. Luke was a physician.
                      • This book presents Jesus as the “Son of Man”, the perfect humanity without sin.
                        • In that respect, the book parallels the color white in the tabernacle curtains to illustrate the sinless nature of Christ.
                        • In that respect, the book parallels the “face of a man” in the book of Ezekiel to illustrate that Jesus was God come in the flesh.

                      • Christ in the Book of Luke:
                        • The book emphasizes the healings done by Jesus Christ and His ethnic tolerance in that Christ is the savior for all men.
                        • The Significance to the Christian Life:
                          • When everyone else fails you, Christ is always there as the perfect light of the world.
                          • John
                          • (God’s Gracious Gift)

                            • The Theme and Major Highlights:
                              • This book is the gospel of eternity that presents the spiritual aspect of the Kingdom of God. It was written to all men everywhere.
                              • This book presents Jesus as the “Son of God”, God’s Holy Son.
                                • In this respect, the book parallels the color blue of the tabernacle curtains to illustrate the heavenly nature of Christ and the Kingdom of God.
                                • In this respect, the book parallels the face of an eagle in the book of Ezekiel in that this bird flies the highest under heaven.

                              • Christ in the Book of John:
                                • This book emphasizes Christ, the giver of eternal life.
                                • His work and character are seen through the symbols of water, bread, vine, door, sheep, the grapevine, etc.
                                • The Significance to the Christian Life:
                                  • Christ is our personal savior giving us the gift of eternal life for all of eternity.
                                  • Acts of the Apostles
                                    • The Theme and Major Highlights:
                                      • This book was written by Luke, the Gentile.
                                      • This book documents:
                                        • the spread of the gospel.
                                        • the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
                                        • the beginning of the church.
                                        • the acts of the Holy Spirit in the early church.
                                        • the conversion of the apostle Paul.

                                    • Principal Characters:
                                      • Peter, Paul, Stephen, Barnabas, Silas, Luke, James

                                    • Christ in the Book of Acts:
                                      • Christ is the Ascended One who sits at the Father’s right hand.
                                      • The Significance to the Christian Life:
                                        • The power of the Holy Spirit changes lives.
                                        • Most of the rest of the New Testament was written by Paul in the form of letters to churches or individuals. (There are 14 letters by Paul.)
                                          • Even though John met Paul, even though Luke was a convert of Paul and traveled with him for 18 years, even though Mark was Paul’s companion, none of the Gospels contain what is called the Pauline Revelation.
                                            • What the Gospel writers knew but were not guided to write:
                                              • Christ as a substitute for sin.
                                              • The concept of the believer becoming a new creature in Christ.
                                              • Christ as our righteousness and justification.
                                              • The church as the body of Christ.
                                              • Jesus’ ministry as mediator, intercessor, and advocate at the right hand of God.
                                              • The concept of a finished faith.

                                        • Romans
                                          • The Theme and Major Highlights:
                                            • A letter by Paul written to the church in Rome.
                                            • This book was written primarily to the “natural man” (the unbeliever).
                                            • This is a book of doctrine and instruction. It contains the most complete summary of the Christian faith.
                                            • The theme is “Paid in Full”.
                                            • There is much about justification, sanctification, and the definitions of many other common Christian terms.
                                            • This book contains the whole concept of redemptive truth.
                                            • This book contains the whole concept of the Mosaic Law, faith and works.
                                            • The mystery of the cross of Christ is revealed.
                                            • Christ and the believer’s relationship to the Mosaic Law were introduced.
                                            • Christ in the Book of Romans:
                                              • Christ is the justifier of every repentant sinner.
                                              • The Significance to the Christian Life:
                                                • The Christian life should begin with a solid understanding of correct doctrine from the book of Romans.
                                                • 1 and 2 Corinthians
                                                  • The Theme and Major Highlights:
                                                    • These two letters were written by Paul to the Greek church in Corinth.
                                                    • These two letters were written primarily to the “carnal Christian” (the believer that lives a sinful lifestyle.)
                                                    • These two letters are a correction of a failure to live following the doctrine given in the book of Romans. This was a moral failure.
                                                    • Divisions and immorality in this church
                                                    • These letters teach on sex and marriage.
                                                    • These letters give us church order and the use of spiritual gifts in the church.
                                                    • Christ in the books of 1 and 2 Corinthians:
                                                      • Christ is the Sanctifier of every repentant believer.
                                                      • The Significance to the Christian Life:
                                                        • When the Christian begins to walk with the Lord, patterns of sin fall away as he learns more about Christ and the Word of God.
                                                        • Types of Bible Study Methods:
                                                          • #9 Comprehensive Book Analysis
                                                          • : Chapter Analysis Sheets #E and #F – Jonah 2

                                                            • This is part 3 of our comprehensive book analysis. It continues with a close examination of chapter 2 in the same as you accomplished chapter 1.
                                                            • Homework:
                                                              • 1. Work on your Spiritual Diary 15 minutes for 6 days.
                                                              • 2. Use sheets #E and #F of the Comprehensive Book Analysis Study to study

                                                              Jonah 2.

                                                              • Day 1 = Read the whole book of Jonah in a different version of the Bible.
                                                              • Day 2 = Read chapter 2. Begin to complete page #E.
                                                                • “Cross Reference”
                                                                  • Mark the kind of cross references:
                                                                    • Internal (within the book of Jonah) or external (in any other book)
                                                                  • Mark the type of cross references:
                                                                    • Parallel (it says the same thing in almost the same words)
                                                                    • Corresponding (It deals with similar material)
                                                                    • Contrasting (It deals with opposite ideas)
                                                                    • Illustrative (It tends to illustrate the verse)
                                                                • The “Linking Thought”
                                                                  • What one or two words did you use to find the cross references?
                                                                • “Notes and Comments”
                                                                  • Write the implications, illustrations, and definitions.
                                                              • Day 3 = Read Chapter 2. Work on the top part of Page #F.
                                                                • “Title”
                                                                  • Create a title for the chapter that reflects the theme.
                                                                • “Theme”
                                                                  • Write what you think is the central thought of the chapter. It may be a topic, proposition, a problem, or an argument. There may even be more than one.
                                                                • “Conclusions”
                                                                  • What are the author’s conclusions on the theme.
                                                              • Day 4 = Read Chapter 2. Work on the bottom half of Page #F.
                                                                • “Conclusions”
                                                                  • Write some basic principles (the broad, general observations)
                                                              • Day 5 = Read Chapter 2. Finish Page #F.
                                                                • “Application”
                                                                  • What does this chapter tell you that applies to your own personal life today?
                                                                • “Passage Description”
                                                                  • Summarize the chapter in your own words. Do not interpret what is being said here or why. Only write the facts of what is said.
                                                              • Day 6 = Read Chapter 2. Finish any remaining work on this chapter that you did not complete.

                                                              Homework Sheet #E

                                                              #9 Comprehensive Book Analysis

                                                              Chapter Analysis: — Jonah 2

                                                              Verse: Cross References and Linking Thought: Notes and Comments:
                                                               

                                                               

                                                               

                                                               

                                                               

                                                               

                                                               

                                                                 

                                                              Homework Sheet #F

                                                              #9 Comprehensive Book Analysis

                                                              Chapter Analysis: Jonah 2

                                                              Title:

                                                              Theme:

                                                              Conclusions:

                                                              Application:

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