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The Golden Rules of Bible Study

by Miles Coverdale (1488-1569)

 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need Not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15)

 God has designed a certain way by which we are to study the Scriptures. We are to rightly divide them. This is the divinely approved approach to the study of His Word.

Miles Coverdale (1488-1569) articulated well the important principles of right division in the introduction to his 1535 English version of the Bible:

It shall greatly help ye to understand Scripture if you mark not only what is spoken or written, but of whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goes before and what follows after. – Prologue to the Reader

We must be honest with ourselves when studying the Scriptures. Accurate Bible study must follow these simple principles, which have been termed by some as the “Golden Rules of Bible Study.” When studying any passage we must ask ourselves some basic questions:

  •  Who is doing the speaking?
  • To whom is it being spoken?
  • About what is being spoken?
  • When was it spoken?
  • What is the context in which it was spoken?

Some proclaim, “All the promises in the Book are mine!” This clearly is not true. For instance, God promised a child to Abraham and Sarah in their old age. This was a specific promise, made to a specific couple, at a specific point in history. One simply can’t claim this promise for themselves, context means everything.

Many are very careless in their approach to and use of the Scriptures. They just open up their Bibles anywhere and expect what they read to be directed toward them – that God will speak, specifically to them there.

Maybe you have heard the tale of the man who made the habit of randomly opening the Bible to a couple of passages in the Bible each morning for some insight and direction for this day. He would just let the Bible fall open where it would and aimlessly place his finger on a line of text. This particular day his finger fell on the line “[He] departed, and went and hanged himself.” He flipped a little further in the Bible and placed his finger on another line which read “Go, and do thou likewise.”

We must remember that while all the Bible was written for us, it was not all written to us, nor was it all written about us. Thus, the Bible must be divided; and not just divided, but rightly divided. That is, we are to look for the many dividing marks (or distinctions) that God Himself has placed within Scripture.

We must learn to make a difference where God makes a difference!

Study and Study

By Stewart Topping …

Personal Bible Study is important and at the same time getting  involved in a group so that there can be a discussion, not just to have someone preach, teach or present material that may or not be true.    We have to make sure that the material is actually correct.  I do not want to have my salvation, eternity and Christian growth along with my relationship with God rest in the hands of another.Some would think that going to Sunday school class at Church would is considered studying.  Others think that defending their position is studying, rather then in both cases learning to study for the truth.

Do you know someone like this?

Recently I asked someone about their salvation; I asked are you saved and the answer was I hope so.  My first thought was he has not studied to be sure and I hope the Fire Insurance Policy he bought into is correct.

It is important that you believe God can confirm all things in his word?

That also includes my peace with God and my security.   Many Christians today do not have the peace of God.  I think because they do not confirm what they have heard as to whether it is true.   That makes them uncertain about their Salvation, there security and how to proceed with their relationship with God. Most think that as long as they have the Fire Insurance Policy issued by some person or place they are saved and will go to heaven.  Do we know when that policy comes due, it will provide the coverage you think it will?

Please think about this!  Why is it that there are around 24 different types of Christian Churches that have different doctrines concerning salvation, eternity, Christian growth and how to have a relationship with God?  Can they all be right?  In a recent survey of Christians, 75 % believe that there are different ways to Heaven and many ways to obtain salvation. Doesn’t that scare you?  We should study not only to help our self but our family and our friends.

We should be able to back up our beliefs with hard facts not assumptions.

I think the key to unlocking the door of truth is written in the following verse:

2 Timothy 2:15 ”Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (KJV)

key elements of that scripture verse?

  1. Show (shew)- If we don’t study or have verbal discussions how can we show to God we care or are interested in Him.
  2. Approved– I’m not sure if there is a grading process or not, but I think that those that attempt to study and converse with others you would get an A+.
  3. Workman– That does point to someone like us putting some time in to study so that we might know the truth.
  4. Not to be ashamed– How many people are afraid to talk about their God and his Salvation, etc. Could it be that they would be ashamed.
  5. Rightly dividing the word of truth– How can you divide the Word, Gods Word without studying.  I don’t know about you but I need discussion as well to firmly fit the blocks of my life on the Cornerstone of my Faith. So that as I build my faith it is sure and sound.

Ephesians 4:14 (NKJV) “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting”,

This is what happens if we allow other to teach us, yes we can listen to preaching, teaching and read material provided.

1 John 2:27 (NKJV)  “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him”.

Satan wants confusion with our beliefs!

His main goal is getting people who don’t want to investigate the truth on their own, then tell other’s and then confuse them. Why?  So he can be like God.

Remember the 24 types of Christian Churches, how do you know which is the correct one.

The people are always nice and some are friends or family.  The Pastor is a great guy, but we are talking about our spiritual health and it is up to us to know and share the truth.  Allow the Holy Spirit to teach and train you to know and share Gods word.

We can understand the Bible

By Stewart Topping …

What is exciting is that God has a plan for each of us and has placed the information in the Bible for us to read and understand.  Why don’t we know more?  Why don’t we know what we believe? You will see in the following survey by the Christian Post; they don’t know the truth about salvation if, 72 percent, think that there are many ways to eternal Life.

Maybe we are too well off.  Maybe there are too many things that take up our time, TV, Movies, Shopping and Places to Travel.

The Nation of Israel always had a problem with their relationship with God when they had wealth and prosperity.One of the biggest problems we face is not spending enough time reading the Bible.  It seems that we allow others to give us their understanding.

What is that old saying. ” If you don’t use it, you will lose it”.  Since we don’t spend the time to understand we are left in the hands of others to teach us.  Some may not be teachers.  Do these people actually study or do they get there material from prepared sermons. We need people who hear from God.  We then need to prove what we hear.

Today Christians don’t want to spent the time to study to find the truth.  Reading is not studying. We might get a warm fussy feeling, but do we understand what we read.  We can change things by setting aside time each day to study.  We can change the next survey from a negative one to a positive one.  The lack of understanding is why so many Christians think there are many ways to be saved. Read this survey.

Here is a survey by the Christianity Post:

Many Americans Say Christianity is Not the Only Way to Eternal Life

Most American Christians believe many religions can lead to eternal life and among them, the vast majority says you don’t even have to be Christian to go to heaven, a new survey shows. Sixty-five percent of all Christians say there are multiple paths to eternal life, ultimately rejecting the exclusivity of Christ teaching, according to the latest survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Even among white evangelical Protestants, 72 percent of those who say many religions can lead to eternal life name at least one non-Christian religion, such as Judaism or Islam or no religion at all, that can lead to salvation.  Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary called the survey results “a theological crisis for American evangelicals,” according to USA Today.

Why is this, because believers do not want to study?  We can understand because we have the Holy Spirit, the same power that raised Jesus from the Dead.  We need to trust Jesus in order to understand the words he wrote through people who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Look at this verse and consider it as a promise to you and me.

John 14:25-26 (GW) 25 “I have told you this while I’m still with you. 26 However, the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. He will remind you of everything that I have ever told you.

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