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Introduction:
Ask if everyone did the readings through Philippians
Introduction:
Ask if everyone did the readings through Philippians
Ask if everyone did the readings through Philippians
So last week, Isaac discussed with you all about the importance of God's Word. The fact that most of you are all here learning about God's Word is proof that you see the importance of God's Word. But hopefully through this class, we can elevate your view on the importance of Scripture. And also that each of you will learn how to study the Scriptures for yourself so that you can have a firm understanding of God's Word. Look with me real quick at some men we are introduced to in Acts 17 And look with me at verses 10-11 (Have Pratim Read) So here in the book of Acts, Paul the apostle comes across some men in Berea. And notice that in verse it says that these were noble men. Why? Because they received the word with all eagerness. They were hungry and longed for the Word of God. But look at what else it says they did. It says that they examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. These men didn't just believe the Word because some Pastor said it. These men were diligent in studying out the Scriptures every day to make sure that what they were learning was accurate. This is why personal Bible Study is so important. I know Isaac touched on this last week, but if you guys want to have good theology, you need to be students of the Word. Even in my walk with God, I have seen this to be so important. I have heard pastors say things that sound really good, but are totally false. And it took me actually getting into the Scriptures and studying the Word to see what the truth was.
So last week, Isaac discussed with you all about the importance of God's Word. The fact that you all are here learning about God's Word is proof that you see the importance of God's Word. But hopefully through this class, we can elevate your view on the importance of Scripture. And also that each of you will learn how to study the Scriptures for yourself so that you can have a firm understanding of God's Word. Look with me real quick at some men we are introduced to in And look with me at verses 10-11 (Have Pratim Read) So here in the book of Acts, Paul the apostle comes across some men in Berea. And notice that in verse 11 it says that these were noble men. Why? Because they received the word with all eagerness. They were hungry and longed for the Word of God. They had a passion to learn everything about it that they could. They held it in very high reverence. But look at what else it says they did. It says that they examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. These men didn't just believe the Word because some Pastor said it. These men were diligent in studying out the Scriptures every day to make sure that what they were learning was accurate. This is why personal Bible Study is so important. I know Isaac touched on this last week, but if you guys want to have good theology, you need to be students of the Word. Even in my walk with God, I have seen this to be so important. I have heard pastors say things that sound really good, but are totally false. And it took me actually getting into the Scriptures and studying the Word to see what the truth was.
So last week, Isaac discussed with you all about the importance of God's Word. The fact that you all are here learning about God's Word is proof that you see the importance of God's Word. But hopefully through this class, we can elevate your view on the importance of Scripture. And also that each of you will learn how to study the Scriptures for yourself so that you can have a firm understanding of God's Word. Look with me real quick at some men we are introduced to in And look with me at verses 10-11 (Have Pratim Read) So here in the book of Acts, Paul the apostle comes across some men in Berea. And notice that in verse 11 it says that these were noble men. Why? Because they received the word with all eagerness. They were hungry and longed for the Word of God. They had a passion to learn everything about it that they could. They held it in very high reverence. But look at what else it says they did. It says that they examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. These men didn't just believe the Word because some Pastor said it. These men were diligent in studying out the Scriptures every day to make sure that what they were learning was accurate. This is why personal Bible Study is so important. I know Isaac touched on this last week, but if you guys want to have good theology, you need to be students of the Word. Even in my walk with God, I have seen this to be so important. I have heard pastors say things that sound really good, but are totally false. And it took me actually getting into the Scriptures and studying the Word to see what the truth was.
So with that said, you all were introduced to Inductive Bible Study last week. This is a huge topic, and let me just say that you can get much deeper into it than we will be able to cover over the span of this class. But hopefully we will be able to lay out a good foundation for you all, so that you can learn how to effectively study the Bible.
So with that said, you all were introduced to Inductive Bible Study last week. This is a huge topic, and let me just say that you can get much deeper into it than we will be able to cover over the span of this class. But hopefully we will be able to lay out a good foundation for you all, so that you can learn how to effectively study the Bible.
So what is "Inductive Bible Study"?
So with that said, you all were introduced to Inductive Bible Study last week. This is a huge topic, and let me just say that you can get much deeper into it than we will be able to cover over the span of this class. But hopefully we will be able to lay out a good foundation for you all, so that you can learn how to effectively study the Bible.
So what is "Inductive Bible Study"?
So what is "Inductive Bible Study"?
Let me start off by explaining what "induction" means
Let me start off by explaining what "induction" means
Let me start off by explaining what "induction" means
It basically means to make conclusions from basic facts
It basically means to make conclusions from basic facts
- It means to take a group of facts about something and draw a conclusion.
It basically means to make conclusions from basic facts
- It means to take a group of facts about something and draw a conclusion.
- Here's a couple of real world examples
- It means to take a group of facts about something and draw a conclusion.
I'll start with a couple easy ones.
- Here's a couple of real world examples
- Here's a couple of real world examples
I'll start with a couple easy ones.
I'll start with a couple easy ones.
When the sun is out in the summer, it feels very hot outside.
When the sun is out in the summer, it feels very hot outside.
When the sun goes down, it gets much colder.
When the sun is out in the summer, it feels very hot outside.
Therefore, the sun must produce heat.
When the sun goes down, it gets much colder.
When the sun goes down, it gets much colder.
Pretty simple right?
Therefore, the sun must produce heat.
Therefore, the sun must produce heat.
Pretty simple right?
Pretty simple right?
Here's another one
Here's another one
Today I saw a dabbawalla in Mumbai wearing a white hat.
Here's another one
Today I saw a dabbawalla in Mumbai wearing a white hat.
Later, I saw another dabbawalla wearing a white hat.
Today I saw a dabbawalla in Mumbai wearing a white hat.
Later, I saw another dabbawalla wearing a white hat.
Later, I saw another dabbawalla wearing a white hat.
Even later, I saw another dabbawalla wearing a white hat.
Even later, I saw another dabbawalla wearing a white hat.
Even later, I saw another dabbawalla wearing a white hat.
Therefore, all employees working for the dabbawalla must wear white hats.
Now, there can also be bad inductive reasoning that people make.
Therefore, all employees working for the dabbawalla must wear white hats.
Therefore, all employees working for the dabbawalla must wear white hats.
Now, there can also be bad inductive reasoning that people make.
Here's one.
Now, there can also be bad inductive reasoning that people make.
Here's one.
All brown dogs in the park are small dogs. Therefore, all small dogs are brown.
Here's one.
All the brown dogs in the park are small dogs. Therefore, all small dogs are brown.
- We know that's obviously not true, but that would still be inductive reasoning.
All the brown dogs in the park are small dogs. Therefore, all small dogs are brown.
So now, what does that mean when it comes to Bible Study?
- We know that's obviously not true, but that would still be inductive reasoning.
- We know that's obviously not true, but that would still be inductive reasoning.
So now, what does that mean when it comes to Bible Study?
So now, what does that mean when it comes to Bible Study?
Well, Inductive Bible study simply means to gather the facts about any given book or passage in the Bible, and make conclusions about it.
Well, Inductive Bible study simply means to gather the facts about any given book or passage in the Bible, and make conclusions about it.
Well, Inductive Bible study simply means to gather the facts about any given book or passage in the Bible, and make conclusions about it.
It's as if we are going to investigate everything we can about a passage, in order to form beliefs about it.
It's as if we are going to investigate everything we can about a passage, in order to form beliefs about it.
So this "investigation" is going to be broken up into three steps, as you briefly learned about last week.
It's as if we are going to investigate everything we can about a passage, in order to form beliefs about it.
The first step, and the step we are going to be talking about today, is "Observation"
That is how we form theology.
That is how we form theology.
So this "investigation" is going to be broken up into three steps, as you briefly learned about last week.
So this "investigation" is going to be broken up into three steps, as you briefly learned about last week.
If you are taking notes,
"Observation" simply asks the question, "What do I see?"
The first step, and the step we are going to be talking about today, is "Observation"
The first step, and the step we are going to be talking about today, is "Observation"
If you are taking notes,
- I'll explain more on this in a minute.
If you are taking notes,
"Observation" simply asks the question, "What do I see?"
The next step is going to be "Interpretation"
"Observation" simply asks the question, "What do I see?"
- I'll explain more on this in a minute.
- I'll explain more on this in a minute.
"Interpretation" asks the question, "What does it mean?"
The next step is going to be "Interpretation"
So Observation is "What do I see"? And Interpretation is "What does this that I see actually mean?"
The next step is going to be "Interpretation"
"Interpretation" asks the question, "What does it mean?"
"Interpretation" asks the question, "What does it mean?"
And finally, the last step is "Application"
"Application" just means, "How should I respond?"
So Observation is "What do I see"? And Interpretation is "What does this that I see actually mean?"
So Observation is "What do I see"? And Interpretation is "What does this that I see actually mean?"
And finally, the last step is "Application"
Based on the interpretation that I made, what does that mean for my life and the lives of others?
And finally, the last step is "Application"
"Application" just means, "How should I respond?"
So you can see how important it is to form a good interpretation of a passage if you really want to live according to God's truth.
"Application" just means, "How should I respond?"
Based on the interpretation that I made, what does that mean for my life and the lives of others?
But today we are going to start with the first step of inductive bible study, "Observation."
Based on the interpretation that I made, what does that mean for my life and the lives of others?
So you can see how important it is to form a good interpretation of a passage if you really want to live according to God's truth.
And this here, I would say, is the most important step of good Bible study.
So you can see how important it is to form a good interpretation of a passage if you really want to live according to God's truth.
If you do not observe a passage of Scripture carefully, you will have a very difficult time coming up with good interpretations, and ultimately applications.
But today we are going to start with the first step of inductive bible study, "Observation."
But today we are going to start with the first step of inductive bible study, "Observation."
And this here, I would say, is the most important step of good Bible study.
And this here, I would say, is the most important step of good Bible study.
We looked at the example of inductive reasoning earlier with all little dogs being brown.
If you do not observe a passage of Scripture carefully, you will have a very difficult time coming up with good interpretations, and ultimately applications.
Obviously that is not true.
If you do not observe a passage of Scripture carefully, you will have a very difficult time coming up with good interpretations, and ultimately applications.
We looked at the example of inductive reasoning earlier with all little dogs being brown.
Sure, in that park, all of the little dogs may have been brown.
We looked at the example of inductive reasoning earlier with all little dogs being brown.
Obviously that is not true.
But if that person observing had spent more time, maybe gone to some other parks or cities, he would have found black dogs and white dogs and so on.
Obviously that is not true.
Sure, in that park, all of the little dogs may have been brown.
Sure, in that park, all of the little dogs may have been brown.
So that persons reasoning, or in this case "interpretation," it sounded good based on the facts that he had, but he failed to investigate more of the facts.
But if that person observing had spent more time, maybe gone to some other parks or cities, he would have found some little black dogs and little white dogs and so on.
And for this reason his conclusion was bad.
But if that person observing had spent more time, maybe gone to some other parks or cities, he would have found some little black dogs and little white dogs and so on.
So that persons reasoning, or in this case "interpretation," it sounded good based on the facts that he had, but he failed to investigate more of the facts.
The same goes with Bible study.
So that persons reasoning, or in this case "interpretation," it sounded good based on the facts that he had, but he failed to investigate more of the facts.
And for this reason his conclusion was bad.
And for this reason his conclusion was bad.
If you want to really understand a passage of Scripture, it is going to take a lot of effort.
The same goes with Bible study.
The same goes with Bible study.
It can be very tempting when reading a passage to want to interpret it right away, but it's so important to gather all the facts too.
So what is observation?
If you want to really understand a passage of Scripture, it is going to take a lot of effort.
If you want to really understand a passage of Scripture, it is going to take a lot of effort.
It can be very tempting when reading a passage to want to interpret it right away, but it's so important to gather all the facts too.
It can be very tempting when reading a passage to want to interpret it right away, but it's so important to gather all the facts too.
Observation is simply gathering the facts.
So what is observation?
It answers the questions of
So what is observation?
who
Observation is simply gathering the facts.
Observation is simply gathering the facts.
what
So where are we to start with gathering these facts?
So where are we to start with gathering these facts?
Well if you are taking notes, the first thing we need to do is
Well if you are taking notes, the first thing we need to do is
where
and when
1. Read the Passage Carefully
1. Read the Passage Carefully (x2)
As you begin, just read the passage. Then read it again. Then read it again. Kind of like we had you do with Philippians last week. Just familiarize yourself with the text. Read it slowly and thoughtfully. One thing I can't emphasize enough is to worship the Lord as you are reading it. Fellowship with Him and pray that the Holy Spirit would open your eyes to all that it is saying. If you want a Scripture to go along with this, you can jot down . It says, "Open my eyes, that I may see wonderful things out of your law."
As you begin, just read the passage. Then read it again. Then read it again. Kind of like we had you do with Philippians last week. Just familiarize yourself with the text. Read it slowly and thoughtfully. If you have access to other translations, it can be helpful to read from them as well. One thing I can't emphasize enough is to worship the Lord as you are reading it. Fellowship with Him and pray that the Holy Spirit would open your eyes to all that it is saying. If you want a Scripture to go along with this, you can jot down . It says, "Open my eyes, that I may see wonderful things out of your law."
Keep in mind that I didn't say why. "Why" will be left for interpretation.
The second thing that we are to do is
The second thing that we are to do is
2. Record Your Initial Impressions (x2)
As you are reading through the text, keep a notepad next to you and write down what you learned. Sometimes as I am studying a passage, I will literally write out the entire thing. It actually helps me to remember all that it said. Something good you can also do is try to re-write what the passage said in your own words after reading it. When you put it in your own words, it can often help you to understand it more clearly as well.
And lastly, the third thing that we are to do in the observation stage is
3. Record the Major Facts (x2)
Now we're going to spend some time on this point, because this is where a lot of work is involved.
And I'm going to move quickly. Don't feel overwhelmed if it seems like a lot of information. We will be helping you to understand more about it in the weeks to come.
SHEET??
The first word we are going to use is "WHO?"
So if you have your sheet, you can fill them in with the following questions.
The first question is: "Who is the Author?
- This question is usually pretty simple to answer, especially in the New Testament.
- However, there are some books where we are not so sure.
One example might be the book of Hebrews. Some people think Paul the apostle wrote it. But the answer is not as clear in other books.
- But for this question, it would be good to do research about the author.
- What other books did this author write?
- What role did the author play in Israel or the church?
The next question is: "Who is the Speaker?"
- Now this question sounds similar to the first.
- But keep in mind that the author is only the person who wrote the book.
- Whenever the author quotes somebody else, that person becomes the speaker.
- For example, in the Old Testament, you will often read in the prophets where it says, "Thus says the Lord."
- The Author there might be Jeremiah or Isaiah or one of the other prophets.
- But the speaker there would be the Lord.
- In the New Testament it is the same thing.
- Turn to
- Let's read these verses and I want you guys to try to identify the three different speakers in this section.
The next question is: "Who is the Audience?"
- This is a very important question.
Once again, sometimes this question can be very easy to answer right away.
- Sometimes it can be more difficult and a lot of study can be involved.
- For example, in the book of Romans, Paul writes in chapter 1:7, "To you in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints"
- So obviously Paul is writing to the Christians who are in Rome.
- But you can take that question one step further and say, "What did the Christian community look like in Rome?"
- What were some of the struggles that this church was facing?
- And with further study you would learn that the church in Rome consisted of both Gentile Christians and Jewish Christians.
- By understanding this, the book of Romans becomes a little more clear.
- If you guys have read the book of Romans, Paul basically starts by showing that all people, Jews and Gentiles, are all under sin and need salvation.
- So knowing the audience becomes very important in your study of Scripture.
And the last question under the "Who" Column is: "Who are the Characters Involved?"
- For this question, you may want to write down every person that is mentioned in the text. This includes God (the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit), Angels, Demons, Humans, even Animals can be significant.
- You're going to want to investigate each character in the text as much as you can.
Now let's take a look at the second column.
And the next big word we are going to look at is "WHAT?"
The first question is: "What's Happening?"
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The next question is: "What are the Events or Ideas?"
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The next question is: "What is the Main Subject?"
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The next question is: "What are the Key Words?"
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The next question is: "What is the tone of the passage?"
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The next question is: "What took place before or after the events in this passage?"
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Now let's look at the third column.
And the word here is going to be "WHERE?"
The first question is: "Where is the Author when he was writing this?"
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The next question is: "Where did the action in the text take place?"
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And finally let's look at the last column:
And our final word will be "WHEN?"
The first question is: "When are these events taking place?"
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The next question is: "Is the timing significant?"
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And our final question is: "When in the history of Israel or the church did this take place?"
Keep in mind that I didn't say why. "Why" will be left for interpretation.
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