How to Use Your Bible, Part 4

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 15, 2017

  • Jeremiah 36:20-24
  • Digital Bibles
  • Inspiration and translation
    • Inspiration is verbal and plenary.
    • Verbal: God inspired the words themselves, taking into account the personality of the writer.
    • Plenary: The Bible is fully Every part of it is inspired.
      • II Samuel 23:2
      • Matthew 10:17-20
      • I Corinthians 2:10-13
      • I Thessalonians 2:13
      • II Timothy 3:14-17
      • I Peter 1:10-12
      • II Peter 1:20-21
      • Acts 2:39 – Peter didn’t fully understand the phrase “far off” here to mean Gentiles, even though he spoke the words. He wouldn’t totally understand this until Acts 10.
    • The Holy Spirit did His work with a personal touch.
    • There is a connection between inspiration and translation.
    • Specific wording is important in two places – inspiration and translation.

How to Use Your Bible, Part 3

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 8, 2017

  • Bible formats
    • Jeremiah 36:2
    • Arrangement of text
      • Verse-by-verse versus paragraph form
      • Journaling or wide-margin Bibles
      • Daily reading Bibles
      • Chronological Bibles
      • Parallel Bibles
      • Interlinear Bibles
    • Extra material added
      • Reference Bibles
      • Study Bibles
      • Devotional Bibles
      • Children’s Bibles
    • Features
      • Red letter
      • Large print
      • Different cover materials
      • Marginal notes

How to Use Your Bible, Part 2

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 1, 2017

  • Developing an attitude for Bible study, continued:
    • Bad attitudes and habits that get in the way, continued:
      • We oversimplify (Mark 4:10-12; Luke 20:37; Acts 17:11)
      • We overcomplicate (I Timothy 6:3-5; II Timothy 2:14, 23)
        • Matthew 13:23
      • We think, “I’m finished. I have a perfect understanding of the Bible.”
      • Online tip: “20 Ways Cults Twist the Bible” – https://goo.gl/kHPmoF
        • Ezekiel 37:15-17 – Mormons use this passage to say the two sticks are the Bible and the Book of Mormon. From the context we can tell this passage is referring to Jews and Gentiles – not the Bible and Book of Mormon.
        • Daniel 4 – This passage is incorrectly reinterpreted by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    • Good attitudes that foster spiritual growth
      • Sincere dedication (II Kings 22:8-23:3)
      • Desire to study, practice, and teach (Ezra 7:10).
      • Individual responsibility (Acts 17:11).
      • Action (James 1:21-27).

How to Use Your Bible, Part 1

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 25, 2017

  • Developing an attitude for Bible study
    • Why do we even need to study the Bible?
      • God chose to communicate His will to us in writing (Ephesians 3:1-6; I Timothy 2:4)
        • Jude 3; Galatians 1:6-9 – there is no revelation still to come! Everything we need is in the text.
      • We need to know God’s word so we can be disciples of Christ (John 8:31-32; 12:48).
      • Ignorance of God’s word has always been a problem (Hosea 4:6), and that problem continues today.
    • Bad attitudes and habits that get in the way
      • II Peter 3:14-18 – It is possible to misuse scripture.
      • Hypocrisy (Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 2:1ff)
        • We must apply the Bible to ourselves.
      • We cling to faulty, human traditions (Mark 7:1-13)
      • We reject good, Biblical traditions (I Corinthians 11:2; Acts 17:21)
      • The random approach (II Timothy 2:15)
      • We oversimplify (Mark 4:10-12; Luke 20:37; Acts 17:11)

Godly Families, Part 21

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 22, 2017

  • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to know God’s word (continued)
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Study the Bible II Timothy 2:14-15; Acts 17:11; Mark 12:10 Answer some kid questions with, “I need to study that”; comment on cross references, translations, content, harmony, and figures. Quicker and easier to read commentary.  Are useful, but should never replace Bible study. Don’t want to do class lessons with any depth.  Attitude: “study is for adults”
Use the Bible as a guide through life Psalm 119:9-11; James 1:21-25 Exemplify change based on Bible; guide kids’ application of Word by making plans, motivating, accountability. Change is hard!  Easier to go with flow.  Takes mature faith to trust text over friends/society. Hypocrisy:  sermon on speech … continue bad words.
Defend the Bible Hebrews 2:1-4; I Thessalonians 2:13 Be open and honest about science, creation, Bible, evidence, etc.; http://ApologeticsPress.org We’re not historians / scientists / archaeologists … “Just believe it!”; Afraid to investigate. “There’s no proof.  Everybody  just chooses what to believe.”
Use the Bible to teach others II Timothy 3:16-17; Acts 18:25-26 Exemplify ways to bring up Bible in conversations; practice – “How would you explain ___ to someone?” Laziness – a good spiritual comment only comes after developing knowledge, thought, courage. “Well, I think …” instead of “the Bible teaches …”

 

Godly Families, Part 20

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 15, 2017

  • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to love others (continued):
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Love enemies Matthew 5:41-45; Luke 23:34; Romans 12:14-21; I Peter 3:8-9 When someone hates, respond with love; “Remember he has a soul.” Not natural – must be deliberate choice. Revenge, hatred
  • Train children to know God’s word
    • Hosea 4:6
    • What was going on in the first century?
      • Acts 18:1-18
    • Luke 17:20-21 – The kingdom of Christ is in the hearts of men.
    • The story of Corinth is representative of the overall movement recorded in Acts:
      • Acts 1:1
      • Acts 4:2
      • Acts 5:21
      • Acts 5:28
      • Acts 5:42
      • Acts 11:26
      • Acts 13:1
      • Acts 15:35
      • Acts 17:19
      • Acts 20:20
      • Acts 28:31
    • 1st century: tons of teaching about Word à Many people believed with zeal and passion!
    • 21st century: the same will happen!
    • Do you suppose it will work for our kids?
    • When you start making an excuse for yourself, remember Timothy!
      • Grew up in Lystra, which was full of heathens. Acts 16:1-2
  • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to know God’s word
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Genuinely love the Bible Psalm 119; Mark 4:3-20 Look forward to Bible reading and teaching; talk about its benefits If we’re not actively applying and teaching, it’s hard to read.  Appreciate its treasures! Read the news, novels, sports, homework, etc. all the time … and the Bible a few minutes on Sunday
Read the Bible Psalm 1; I Corinthians 14:19 (point is to read and understand) Read it yourself!  Read together or aloud.  Help through difficulties in habit forming, understanding Be aware; judgment needed with translations and paraphrases Reading it just to check a box.

Becoming the New Me!

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 1, 2017

  • Ezra 7:10
  • My spirit is empowered!
    • I must believe that change is possible.
    • Genesis 4:4-8 – Cain could choose to do good!
    • “Repent!” – Acts 17:30; Matthew 3:2; 11:20-21
    • Old self – new self: Romans 6; Ephesians 4; Colossians 3
  • My mind is informed!
    • I must learn what the goals are!
    • Colossians 3:16-17
    • Ephesians 5:10, 17
    • Romans 7:7
    • Please read your Bible!
  • My goals are planned!
    • I must make a map to my goals!
    • Example: Nehemiah – Nehemiah 6:15
    • Get specific: Who?  What?  When?  Where?  Why?  How?

Daily Bible Reading

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By Drew Nelson

Benchley, October 16, 2016

  • Hebrews 2:1
  • Bible
    • II Timothy 3:12-17
    • Either the Bible is true or it is a hoax perpetrated by liars.
  • Reading
    • An essential element of spiritual growth
      • I Peter 2:1-3
      • Hebrews 5:12-14
      • Romans 10:17
    • Will inoculate against error
      • Acts 17:11
    • Will inform our discipleship
      • James 1:19-25
    • Daily
      • Make a plan
        • Have a concrete plan.
        • Don’t create a plan that locks you in to drudgery.
      • Stick with it

Proper Use of the Bible

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 25, 2016

  • Introduction
    • Exodus 32 – Israelites worship the golden calf and Moses breaks the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments
    • Jeremiah 36:20-23 – The king burns the scroll from Jeremiah.
  • Our Bible is made up of two covenants, Old and New.
  • There are two Greek words translated “new”
    • neos” – new in point of time
    • kainos” – new in quality and character
  • Jesus is mediator of the new “kainos” covenant.
  • Am I an able servant of the New Covenant, or in my life, do I trample it under foot?
    • II Corinthians 3:6
    • In relation to God
      • Matthew 5:16
      • I Thessalonians 5:15-23
      • Colossians 3:1-4
      • Psalms 19:1-3
      • Romans 1:20
      • I Corinthians 10:31
      • Proper use of the Bible
        • II Timothy 2:15
        • John 8:24
        • Hebrews 5:8-9
        • I Timothy 4:16
        • Jude 1:3
      • In relation to fellow Christians
        • Galatians 6:1
        • James 5:19-20
        • II Timothy 2:2
        • Philippians 4:3-5
      • In relation to fellow man
        • Matthew 5:16
        • Philippians 2:14-15
      • In relation to self
        • How much time do you spend studying the Bible?
        • How zealous are we in teaching it to others?
        • Hebrews 2:9 – Do we cause this to be in vain?

How to Mature as a Christian

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 31, 2016

  • Colossians 4:12
  • Develop the right attitude
    • I Corinthians 2:6; 2:14-3:4; 14:20
    • James 1:1-4 – Maturity comes by persevering through trials.
    • Philippians 3:11-16 – We must continually press on toward the goal.
  • Study God’s Word well enough to have deep convictions.
    • Colossians 1:28
    • Ephesians 4:11-16 – This is why we need to mature – so we won’t be blown about “by every wind of doctrine”
    • Example: Luke 24:49
      • Read the text.
      • Read the context.
      • Compare translations.
      • Find related verses.
    • Translate Bible knowledge into obedient living.
      • Hebrews 5:11-6:2
      • James 3:2; 2:20-22
      • Matthew 5:43-48
    • In summary:
      • Grow up!
      • Study!
      • Obey!