By David Watson

Benchley, January 10, 2018

  • Context and harmony, continued:
    • Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage is a holy institution. Any marriage is acceptable to God.”
      • Context – Hebrews 13:1-7 – The context itself forbids fornication and adultery.
      • Harmony – Matthew 19:5-9; Luke 16:18
      • Conclusion – It is possible for a marriage to not be approved by God. Adultery in particular is repeatedly denounced as sin. Marriage is always described as one man and one woman.
  • Figures of speech
    • What Jesus said (John 2:19-21) vs. what they heard (Mark 14:58; 15:29-30)
    • Exodus 5:22-23
    • Matthew 10:26 – “Take eat. This is my body.” Jesus was standing there with them, so it could not have been His actual body. Also, drinking blood was prohibited by the Law of Moses, so Jesus would have been encouraging them to break the law.
    • Dangers of figurative language
      • Taking figurative language literally.
      • Taking literal language figuratively.
    • Matthew 16:5-12
    • John 16:25
    • Psalms 23:4 – hyperbole
    • Mark 10:25
    • Understand a passage literally unless there is a good reason not to.
    • II Peter 2:22
    • When should we take a word or phrase figuratively?
      • When it is said to be figurative
        • Galatians 4:24
        • John 2:18-22
        • Revelation 1:20; 5:8
        • Acts 2:16-21; Matthew 4:12-17 – Old Testament figurative prophecy is often explained in the New Testament.
      • When a literal understanding contradicts another passage
        • Remember to harmonize!
        • Mark 1:5; Luke 7:29-30 – The lawyers and Pharisees had not been baptized by John, so we know that “all” in Mark 1:5 didn’t literally mean all, but “a lot” or “most.”
        • Luke 14:26; Ephesians 5:25; Matthew 5:44
      • When it matches a pattern of figurative language in other passages.
        • I Peter 3:33 – “not-but” passage
        • Genesis 17:1 – “walk” is figurative
        • Isaiah 9:2 – “light” is figurative

By David Watson

Benchley, January 3, 2018

  • Context and harmony, continued:
    • Practice using context and harmony together, continued:
      • John 14:26; 16:13 – Does the Holy Spirit miraculously guide people?
        • Context: Jesus and the apostles
        • Harmony: John 13:1; Luke 22:13-14; Matthew 26:19-21; Mark 14:16-18; Acts 8:14
        • Conclusion: Jesus was speaking directly to the apostles and specifically to them. This does not mean the Holy Spirit miraculously guides us today.
      • I Corinthians 1:17 – Is baptism necessary for salvation? Paul said Christ did not send him to baptize!
        • Context: Paul was discussing division that was coming from people being baptized by different people.
        • Harmony: I Corinthians 12:13; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; I Peter 3:21
        • Conclusion: Baptism is essential for salvation. Here, Paul was addressing a controversy that was springing up and causing division with people dividing over who baptized them. I Corinthians 10:17 is a not-but passage emphasizing preaching over baptism.
      • Ephesians 4:31 – Is all anger sinful?
        • Context: Ephesians 4:25-31 – All anger is not condemned.
        • Harmony: Mark 3:5; Psalms 97:10
        • Conclusion: No, all anger is not sinful. Jesus Himself expressed anger.
      • Luke 14:26 – Are we really supposed to hate our families?
        • Context: Luke 14:23-33 – Jesus is trying to get people to understand the depth of commitment required to follow Him.
        • Harmony: Matthew 22:39; 10:37
        • Conclusion: We are to love Christ the most. We should love Him so much that all other relationships look like hate in comparison.

How to Use Your Bible, Part 8

Posted by mark under Classes

By David Watson

Benchley, December 20, 2017

  • Context and harmony, continued:
    • Galatians 6:10 – “Let us do good to all people” here is referring to helping those caught in sin. The context does not mention benevolence. This is about individuals helping each other in spiritual work and helping to bear their load when they are struggling with sin.
    • Acts 2:4 – Who was filled with the Holy Spirit? If you follow the pronouns back to Acts 1:26, you can see it is referring to the apostles. Acts 2:14, 37, and 42-43 show that the people were responding to what the apostles were preaching. Acts 1:6, 8 shows that Jesus told them this exact thing would happen.
    • Jeremiah 29:11 – The context of this verse is a letter written to Jews in Babylonian captivity (Jeremiah 29:1-3). Verses 8-10 are a warning to not listen to all the false prophets. Verse 11 then encourages the people, saying that God had a plan for them for good (so don’t be drawn away by false prophets).
    • Philippians 4:13 – What are “all things”? The context is about Paul being content no matter his circumstances. Paul could be content in any circumstances through God’s strength.

Teach Others Also

Posted by mark under Sermons

By David Watson

Benchley, October 5, 2014

  • II Timothy 2:2
  • Explain the need to use the Bible as the standard
    • How do we know what God expects?
      • II Corinthians 5:10; John 12:47-48
      • Appeals to self
        • Yeah, but I don’t think …”
        • Answer: Paul, Acts 26:9-11; Proverbs 14:12
      • Appeals to emotion
        • Surely God won’t send a person to hell for _____.”
        • Answer: Put something absurd in the blank – what does this prove? John 12:48
      • Appeals to consensus
        • The overwhelming majority of Christians or Bible scholars believe this.”
        • Answer: But who is the judge? Matthew 7:13-14; I Corinthians 1:20
      • Appeals to tradition
        • This is a long-standing doctrine. People have followed this practice for centuries.”
        • Answer: Does continued sin become right?
          • Example: Idolatrous kinds of Israel
          • Example: Paul, Galatians 1:13-14
          • Tradition of … child abuse? … racism?
      • Appeals to the love of God and Jesus
        • God is a god of love and grace and forgiveness, not rules and condemnation.”
        • Answer: God is full of love! But what does that mean? What about Hitler? Romans 2:4-11; I John 5:3
  • Demonstrate how to use the Bible correctly
    • Context
      • Matthew 27:5; Luke 10:37; John 13:27
      • Common mistakes: Matthew 7:1; John 14:26
    • Harmony
      • Matthew 4:5-7
      • Example: My responsibility in worship. Is the Lord’s Supper the only thing? I Corinthians 11:23-34
      • Example: My responsibility in salvation. Are confession and belief the only things? Romans 10:9-10
  • Be an example of living the Bible
    • I Timothy 4:12,16
    • II Timothy 2:24-26
    • I Corinthians 9:22