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					Unlocking the Scriptures

      Jean Marrapodi
            Vision New England
   Leadership Training for Women in Ministry
                Objective

• To examine several different techniques to
  make Bible study more effective
                 Preliminary

• Remember what the goal is: to know and love the
  Lord more—Not to be smarter or to impress others
• Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to be your teacher

  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the
  Father will send in my name, will teach you all
  things and will remind you of everything I [Jesus]
  have said to you.
                                             John 14:26
           Key 1: Context

• Context explores the setting of the
  verse
  1. Surrounding verses
  2. Historical/Geographical setting
  3. Literary setting
            Key 1: Context
          Surrounding Verses
• Text without context is pretext

Therefore the LORD rejected all the people
  of Israel; he afflicted them and gave them
  into the hands of plunderers, until he
  thrust them from his presence.
                                2 Kings 17:20
           Key 1: Context
         Surrounding Verses
Therefore the LORD rejected all the
 people of Israel; he afflicted them and gave
 them into the hands of plunderers, until he
 thrust them from his presence.
                                 2 Kings 17:20
                                  Key 1: Context
                                Surrounding Verses
•   14 But they would not listen and were as
    stiff-necked as their fathers, who did not        •   They would not listen
    trust in the LORD their God. 15 They              •   were as stiff-necked as their fathers, who did not
    rejected his decrees and the covenant he
    had made with their fathers and the                   trust in the LORD their God.
    warnings he had given them. They                  •   They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had
    followed worthless idols and themselves
    became worthless. They imitated the                   made with their fathers and the warnings he had
    nations around them although the LORD                 given them.
    had ordered them, "Do not do as they do,"
    and they did the things the LORD had              •   They followed worthless idols
    forbidden them to do. 16 They forsook all         •    They imitated the nations around them
    the commands of the LORD their God and
    made for themselves two idols cast in the         •   They did the things the LORD had forbidden them
    shape of calves, and an Asherah pole. They            to do.
    bowed down to all the starry hosts, and
    they worshiped Baal. 17 They sacrificed           •   They forsook all the commands of the LORD their
    their sons and daughters in the fire. They
    practiced divination and sorcery and sold             God
    themselves to do evil in the eyes of the          •   The made for themselves two idols cast in the
    LORD, provoking him to anger. 18 So the
    LORD was very angry with Israel and                   shape of calves,
    removed them from his presence. Only the          •   Made an Asherah pole
    tribe of Judah was left, 19 and even Judah
    did not keep the commands of the LORD             •   They bowed down to all the starry hosts
    their God. They followed the practices
    Israel had introduced. 20 Therefore the           •   They worshiped Baal.
    LORD rejected all the people of Israel; he        •   They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire.
    afflicted them and gave them into the
    hands of plunderers, until he thrust them         •   They practiced divination and sorcery
    from his presence.
                                   2 Kings 17:14-20   •   They sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the
                                                          LORD, provoking him to anger.
                 Key 1: Context
                Historical Setting
Luke 8: 42 As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost
crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been
subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal
her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of
his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. 45 "Who
touched me?" Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter
said, "Master, the people are crowding and pressing against
you." 46 But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; I know
that power has gone out from me." 47 Then the woman,
seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and
fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why
she had touched him and how she had been instantly
healed. 48 Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has
healed you. Go in peace."
             Key 1: Context
     Historical/Geographical Setting
•   Bible Handbook
•   Bible Almanac
•   Bible Dictionary
•   Study Bible
•   Bible Almanac
•   Bible Atlas

            Many available online for free
         Key 1: Context
         Literary Setting

•   Narrative       • Metaphor
•   Poetry          • Letters
•   Proverbs        • Prophecy
•   Parable
      Key 2: Ask Questions
•   Who?
•   What?        Make lists
•   When?        of your
•   Where?
•   Why?
                 discoveries
•   How?
•   So what?   • Precept Ministries
               • Kay Arthur
      Key 3: Cross References

• Identify related verses
• New insights
• Identified with a superscript letter and a
  verse reference in the margin

Example
• Luke 8: 42a-48
• Cross reference Leviticus 15:25-30
 Key 4: Look in Other Translations

• Translation
  •   NIV: Thought for thought accuracy
  •   NASB: Word for word accuracy
  •   NLT: Thought for thought
  •   KJV: Word for word, 1600s


• Paraphrase
  • The Message
  • Amplified
 Key 4: Look in Other Translations

• Available Online for free
  •   bible.gospelcom.net (only one with NIV)
  •   bible.crosswalk.com
  •   www.searchgodsword.org
  •   www.blueletterbible.org/ (KJV only)


• Purchase Bibles or software
Key 4: Look in Other Translations
                   1 Timothy 1:5
                                  The whole point of what we're
But the goal of our               urging is simply love--love
instruction is love from a        uncontaminated by self-interest
pure heart and a good             and counterfeit faith, a life open
conscience and a sincere          to God. (Message)
faith. (NASB)
                                  The purpose of my instruction
The goal of this command is       is that all the Christians there
                                  would be filled with love that
love, which comes from a
                                  comes from a pure heart, a clear
pure heart and a good
                                  conscience, and sincere faith.
conscience and a sincere
                                  (NLT)
faith. (NIV)

 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart,
 and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: (KJV)
         Key 5: Word Study

• Use concordance to find related instances of
  the word
• Good for topical studies too
• Concordance Sources:
  • Back of Bible (limited)
  • Strong’s (numbered from Greek/Hebrew)
  • Online
                    Key 5: Word Study




•   Zodhiates, Spiros. (1992) The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament. AMG Publishers.
    P 1100
            Key 6: Structuring
         Diagramming Sentences!
• Breaks down the thoughts in complex sentences
• Works best on white board or with paper strips to move
  around

  And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more
  and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you
  may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and
  blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of
  righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the
  glory and praise of God.
                                             Philippians 1:9-11
And this is my prayer:
that your love
          may abound
                  more and more
                           in knowledge
                           and

                           depth of insight,

                      so that you may
                                 be able to discern what is best
                                 and may be pure
                                          and blameless
                                          until the day of Christ,
                          filled with the fruit of righteousness
                                          that comes through Jesus Christ

                                —to the glory and praise of God.
• And this is my prayer:
that your love
          may abound
                  more and more
                           in knowledge
                           and

                           depth of insight,

                    so that you may
                             be able to discern what is best
                             and may be pure
                                      and blameless
             When is this?            until the day of Christ,
        What is this? filled with the fruit of righteousness
                                          that comes through Jesus Christ

                                —to the glory and praise of God.
• And this is my prayer:
that your love
          may abound
                  more and more
                           in knowledge
                           and

                           depth of insight,

                    so that you may
                             be able to discern what is best
                             and may be pure
                                      and blameless
             When is this?            until the day of Christ,
        What is this? filled with the fruit of righteousness
                                          that comes through Jesus Christ

                                —to the glory and praise of God.
      Review: 6 Keys

1.   Context
2.   Ask Questions of the text
3.   Cross References
4.   Look in other translations
5.   Word Study
6.   Structuring

				
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