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Bible Perspectives: How to Study the Bible for Yourself – Part II
Lesson #01
Introduction: The Big Breath!

  • This Class is a continuation of Part I.
    • The format of the class is the same as in Part I:
      • =1= There will be a discussion of what God has showed you during the week that is directly related to your Daily Spiritual Diary and what you have discovered by using the current Bible Study method in your homework.
      • =2= There will be a class lesson of interesting material about the Bible and how it relates to your life.
      • =3= There will be a demonstration of a new Bible Study Method which you will use in the homework for the week ahead.
    • The format of the homework is the same as in Part I.
      • You will continue with your Daily Spiritual Diary as before spending 15 minutes 6 days a week reading in the Psalms and Proverbs.
      • You will continue with your Personal Concordance as before.
      • You will continue to experience different types of Bible Study methods for 15 minutes 6 days a week.
        • However, in part 2 the Bible Study methods become more advanced and more sophisticated.

  • Class Requirements:
    • A student must complete Part 1 of this series before taking Part 2.
    • Homework is required in this class.
    • The King James Bible is required for this class. No exceptions unless you are directed to use other Bible versions.
    • A commitment to attend this class faithfully and to do the homework is required.

    • Class Lesson: The God-Inspired Word:
      • Read 2Tim 3:16 (2Pet 1:20-21)
        • The phrase, “God-inspired” means = God breathed.
          • This means that every word of the Bible was breathed out by God. Simply, it does not mean that he inspired men to write it in whatever words they chose to use. (2Tim 1:20). Instead it means that the actual written product was God-breathed.
            • Biblical inspiration should not be equated with the inspiration of great literature or works of art. The inspiration of great literature refers to literary quality, while Biblical inspiration refers to its very character as divine revelation in writing.
          • Before anything was written down, the scriptures were spoken. In the Old Testament, God spoke directly to Moses and many others. The words Moses heard were God-breathed. Therefore, in 2Tim 3:16 we are told that the Bible, the written scriptures, is equally inspired by God as the words He spoke directly to Moses.
          • Therefore, only the original Greek and Hebrew text is inspired by God. We cannot say that the King James Bible in English or any other translation or version of the Bible is God inspired. The farther away from the original texts that modern versions of the Bible become, the farther they are from God’s inspiration.
          • Inspiration does not mean mechanical dictation or automatic writing with the suspension of the human mind.
          • Inspiration does not obliterate the personality, style, outlook, and cultural conditioning of the writer.
          • Inspiration does not mean that any corruptions which intrude in the text in the course of time are also inspired. From this point come the arguments and discussions over which document in Greek and Hebrew is the original or the closest to it.
        • How do we know for sure that the Bible is authored by God?
          • =1= Jesus confirmed it. (Mat 5:17-19)
          • =2= Paul confirmed it. (1Cor 2:9-13)
          • =3= Fulfilled prophecy confirms it.
          • =4= Consistency of doctrine through time, despite the diversity of authors, confirms it.
        • God’s preservation of His inspired Word (Psa 12:6-7)
          • God preserved His inspired words in Hebrew and Aramaic (Old Testament) and in Greek (New Testament).
            • This statement refers to the original manuscripts on which the King James Bible is based. These manuscripts were preserved by the early church through use and circulation within the churches. Those Greek manuscripts that taught a different gospel (by the Gnostics) were excluded by the early apostolic churches, and they come primarily from Egypt.

      • Types of Bible Study Methods: #7 Search the Scriptures Method:
        • This method will teach you to compare one scripture with another, to look for similarities and differences. The comparison of one scripture with another is called “cross reference”.
          • There are two kinds of cross references:
            • =1= Internal Cross Reference:
              • If both the verses you compare are within the same book of the Bible and, therefore, are written by the same author, it is an internal cross reference.
                • Example: Compare 1Cor 9:25 with 1Cor 15:54
            • =2= External Cross Reference:
              • If the two verses you compare are in two different books of the Bible and may or may not be by the same author, it is an external cross reference.
                • Example: Compare 1Cor 9:9 with 1Tim 5:17-18 and Deu 25:4
              • There are some things to keep in mind with external cross references:
                • Who is the author of each reference?
                • Is one reference in the period of law (from the book of Exodus to the crucifixion) and the other reference in the period of grace (from the crucifixion to Revelation)?
          • There are four types of cross references:
            • A “parallel” reference:
              • A parallel reference says almost the same thing in almost the same words.
                • Example: 1Cor 9:9, 1Tim 5:17-18 and Deu 25:4.
            • A “corresponding” reference:
              • A corresponding reference deals with similar matters.
                • Example: Compare 1Cor 9:24 with Phi 3:14
            • A “contrasting” reference:
              • A contrasting reference deals with opposite ideas.
                • Example: Compare 1Cor 9:24 with 2Cor 13:5
            • An “illustrative” reference:
              • An illustrative reference tends to illustrate the other verse.
                • Example: Compare 1Cor 9:22 with Rom 15:1-3

        • Homework:
          • Work on your Daily Spiritual Diary for 15 minutes every day for 6 days.
          • Remember to continue to add to your Personal Concordance.
          • Use the Search the Scriptures Bible Study Method sheet for 1Cor 10.
            • Day 1 = Read 1Cor 10 through and complete the section, “Point of the Passage”. This is a summary of the chapter.
            • Day 2 and Day 3 = Read 1Cor 10 and list some cross references on your sheet.
              • For each verse in 1Cor 10, decide if there is a word you want to cross reference in that verse. If so, put the verse number in the left hand column under the title “verse”. Under the title “The Word” put the word that prompted you to find a cross reference.
              • Using a concordance, or the cross references in the margins of your Bible (if your Bible has them), write a reference next to the verse number you already wrote down on your sheet.
            • Day 4 = Look up the cross references you wrote yesterday and write the “key thought” next to them.
            • Day 5 = Read 1Cor 10 and write “problems of the passage”. These problems may be questions you had about any verse in 1 Cor 10 or any cross reference verse you put down and did not understand.
            • Day 6 = Complete the section, “Profit of the Passage”, on your sheet. In other words, this is the application of the passage to your personal life.
              • Write two general principles for Christian behavior on your sheet.

        #7 Search the Scriptures Study

        The Scripture Passage to Study: ICor 10

        The Point of the Passage:

        Parallel Passages: (What does it say in other places in scripture?)

        Verse:          The Word Reference               KeyThought


        Problems of the Passage: (What does it say that I do not understand?)

        General Principles for Christian Behavior:

        #1 (vs. 1-15)

        #2 (vs. 16-33)

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About Joyce

I came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in 1963 giving my heart to Jesus in a Billy Graham crusade in Los Angeles, CA. I have been teaching the Word of God since 1964, Usually two to three adult classes a week.

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