In April I’ll be teaching an intensive study on “Exegese and Hermeneutics” as a part of a congregation training program in another state. The program focuses on helping the men learn better to preach and teach.
I’d like to do a short segment on prayer. Please respond in the comments, or send me an email, with your thoughts on what role prayer plays in understanding the Bible.
Of course, I don’t expect anyone to tell us that we should pray and then God will give us a revelation. I would like, however, some specific ideas on the topic.
So this is not a gotcha question. I’m looking for some practical perspectives that I can offer these men.
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A HERMENEUTIC OF INFIDELITY
For those who may not be familiar with the term, “hermeneutics” refers to “the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.” Everyone who reads the Bible (or any other literary document) has a hermeneutic, a way of determining the meaning of what he or she is reading. It may be a valid hermeneutic or it may be an invalid one. It may enable the reader to correctly understand what he or she is reading or it may lead the reader to wrong conclusions. Continue reading
Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.
Here are the topics that you will find:
- How to do a Topical Study (Dewayne Bryant)
- Words of Wisdom for Better Bible Study (Cody Westbrook)
- How to do a Word Study (Kevin Cauley)
- How to Study a Book of the Bible (Richard Rutledle)
- How to do a Character Study (Randy Robinson)
- How to Study Apocalyptic Literature (Sam Dilbeck)
- Terms and Tools (John Haffner)
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Even seemingly trivial incidents recorded in scripture often contain great lessons for those who are willing to learn from them. The apostle Paul was absolutely right when he said, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable . . .” (II Timothy 3:16-17). Consider the following incident recorded in all four of the gospel records.
“And, suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear” (Matthew 26:51, NKJV). From this text, we do not know who cut off the ear of the servant of the high priest, we do not know the servant’s name, nor do we know which ear was cut off. Continue reading
“SUPPOSE I HAVE NO INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLE ON ANY SUBJECT”
In the June 15, 2014 issue of the Auburn Beacon, bulletin of the University Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama, Andy Sochor had an article regarding the “Heresy Trial” of Robert Wallace Officer (1845-1930). R. W. Officer, at one point in his life, served as a missionary for the Liberty Baptist Association.
During this six-year period, he faced several charges of heresy (i.e., of not preaching standard Baptist doctrine), and eventually was arraigned before the Association that met with the Poplar Creek Church in Limestone County, Alabama, and tried for heresy. Continue reading
When I was a kid there was a bet (a little game really) that went something like, “I can count to 100 in 5 seconds.” When the “bet” was called, the challenger would simply say, “1, 2, skip a few, 99, 100.” And voila, there you had it!
To kids the game is harmless, but unfortunately there are a lot of adults who still make this “bet” when it comes to biblical issues such as salvation by faith alone, whether or not the 10 Commandments (and other aspects of Moses’ Law) are still in effect, women’s roles in public worship, and the sinfulness of unholy sexual behavior. Such issues are advocated on the basis of having biblical support. And how do the advocates get away with it? The same way a kid can still count to 100 in 5 seconds!
When it comes to studying biblical issues, it’s in everyone’s best interest to study verses in their context – the verse, and even the chapter, before and after can change what words mean. This also includes keeping in mind what God’s apostles and prophets taught the church in the other letters that make up the Bible.
So when something that someone teaches doesn’t sound right, demand a recount; because more often than not, you’ll find a few number of verses that have gotten skipped in between their introduction and their conclusion.
There is a very curious passage in two of the Gospels. It’s hard to initially see any point in them. Yet all of Scripture has a place and a purpose, so we have to study and find it.
When faced with a tough passage, you study what others have said and you are somewhat relieved when none of them know either. There are verses that are just perplexing. But we persevere, nonetheless. Continue reading