• 01:04 We discuss today’s topics –
    • Bible Reading and Bible Study
    • We start off with some assumptions we hold. As followers of Christ, we believe Scripture is:
      • Inspired – the Holy Spirit didn’t tell the writers what to say, as He worked through the personalities and writing style of the prophets and apostles.
      • Inerrant – Chicago Statement of Inerrancy
      • Infallible – The Bible is incapable of teaching error.
      • Sufficient – The episode verse of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 shows how Scripture is profitable so that the man of God may be complete.
  • 05:07 Segment 1 begins
    • Why do we study the Bible?
      • Our ability to disciple is rooted in God’s Word. We want to see people grow in the image of Christ and that image comes from the Bible.
    • Some shocking statistics are thrown out.
      • Only 11% of Americans read the Bible daily.
      • Only 18% of Born Again Christians read the Bible daily.
      • 23% of Born Again Christians claim never to have read the Bible.
    • Through experience, we notice a correlation that our ability to deal with the struggles in life is directly related to our time in the word.
    • The team discusses that if a mark of saving faith is a love, and hunger for God’s word, can that hunger and love go away? Revelation 2:4 may give us some insight into that.
    • If we are not diligent and don’t have encouragement we can fall away from any of the spiritual disciplines. We should force ourselves to do it even if we don’t feel like it. We try to interpret the high number of professing Born Again Christians that claim to have NEVER read the Bible. Are we distracted too much? Perhaps a lot of professing believers are not true believers.
    • We move on to discuss why should the Bible be a priority. We focus on Scripture to give us our answers.
      • Bible is applicable to all parts of our lives.
      • The Word makes us pure.
      • God’s Word strengthens us.
      • By hearing God’s Word and acting on it, we are building a firm foundation.
      • God’s Word points us to Jesus.
      • When confronting sin in ourselves and others, the Bible is a sword.
    • We discuss the difference between devotional reading and a deeper study.
  • 19:59 Segment 2 begins
    • We start to put the pieces together by seeing where Bible study fits in with Discipleship. We need to encourage each other to read the Bible. It’s important to read the Bible and pray that God gives us a heart that delights in His Word.
    • John J tells a story of Bible reading during a difficult time in his life. In difficulties the Bible helps us to reorient our thinking toward God.
    • We then probe more deeply what Bible reading does for someone during difficult times. John J. takes a shot at Christian movies and how it seems that when people get right with God in those movies, everything starts to go right. That is not how it happens in real life.
    • James begins a discussion on how we have wrong thinking about man in relation to God. Reading the Bible helps to correct that. We also learn from Bible study that trials that come into our life are for our good.
    • Using the story from John J., John C. expounds upon three types of Bible readers/studiers. There are those that read the Bible all the time. Then, you have people that read the Bible when things are going badly. Finally, there are people who read the Bible when things are going well. We then try to figure out why.
  • 33:30 Segment 3 begins
    • The team spends time discussing how we go from just reading the Bible to doing a deeper study. We have some insight into a structured study and an unstructured study. This shows there are many different ways to study the Bible. There is no one way.
    • Bible study helps us to figure out how to apply these tools to our lives.
    • We start the “Big Words” section by looking at the rules of Biblical interpretation called Hermeneutics.
      • Rule 1 – The Holy Spirit is the only infalliable interpreter of the Word of God. The best commentary of the Old Testament is the New Testament. We can also use prayer to ask the Holy Spirit to help us to understand the Scripture as we study.
      • Rule 2 – The Analogy of Scripture – We are to interpret the unclear passages in light of the clear passages of Scripture.
      • Rule 3 – The Analogy of Faith – A more broad view of the Analogy of Scripture where the Scripture interprets Scripture.
      • Rule 4 – Scope of Scripture – We need to interpret Scripture with the whole of redemptive history in view. The point of Scripture, Jesus Christ, must always be on our mind when we read and interpret. A subset of this is the perspicuity of Scripture which tells us that Scripture is accessable for everyone to understand.
      • Rule 5 – Literal method of interpretation – Scripture is literature. There are historical narratives, poetry, etc., and we need to interpret with that in mind. You wouldn’t take a poem with the same rigid literality as you would an historical narrative.
      • Rule 6 – Revelation is progressive – As this is true, again, we need to view the Old Testament in light of the revealed that we get in the New Testament.
    • We give a quick definition of exegesis where we interpet the Word of God in its proper context. We need to look at the primary audience and what they would have interpreted the Scripture as saying.
    • John J. continues to get his hopes dashed as Scripture does not give him the power to slam a basketball with his 5’6” very portly frame.
  • 48:45 Segment 4 begins
    • We begin wrapping up our discussion by trying to talk about inductive Bible Study. Suddenly, James is whisked off to a tunnel and, being the trooper he is, continues to help up with the steps of a Bible study. We understand if you need to turn it off at this point, so we’ll try to give you the key points. If you want to go further, you’ll have to grin and bear it.
      • First, James reiterates, the original audience is important. The general rule is if we have come up with something completely new in Scripture, more than likely, it’s wrong. If you read something into the Scripture that the original audience never would have gotten, it is probably wrong.
      • Steps to inductive bible study.
        • First, give the book an overview. If it’s a short book, read the whole book.
        • If the book is an historical narrative, jot down some facts that jump out at you. Major events. If it is a letter, note down a few facts about the writer and the audience. Write down the facts that impress you.
        • Write down how the books can impress upon you in your life
        • Step 2 – See what chapters can be grouped together. Look, and notate the major divisions in the books. Give each division a short title. What seems to be the theme of the book.
        • Step 3 – How do these things apply to the original audience? How can this be applied to us? Look for exact situations or principles.


      • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Episode Verse
      • Romans 8:5-8
      • Revelation 2:4
      • Deuteronomy 6:6-9
      • Psalms 119:9-16
      • Psalm 119:28
      • Matthew 4:4
      • Matthew 7:24-27
      • John 5:39
      • Hebrews 4:12
      • 1 Peter 4:12



      • Theopneustos (Inspired)
      • Inerrant
      • Infallible
      • Sufficient
      • Hermeneutics
      • Exegesis
      • Inductive Bible Study
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