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					Deliverance Apostolic Church                                                  Bible Fundamentals Study Series



Studying the Word of God (an overview)
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing
the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
“Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
(John 5:39)

I.       What does it mean to study the Word of God?
         A. Study (v) – to apply oneself to acquiring a knowledge of; to read carefully or intently; to think
            deeply, reflect or consider (as defined by Webster)
         B. Bible study is a very important part of a believer’s life. Bible reading and study provides the
            spiritual nourishment that we need. When we study the Word of God, we reflect and
            meditate upon what we have read. The above scripture in 2 Timothy commands us to study
            and rightly divide or to properly interpret the Word of God. The study of God’s Word,
            therefore, will dictate that we apply spiritual principles (including prayer and illumination or
            revelation by the Spirit of God) as well as an understanding of the historical background,
            context of the passage, audience being addressed, problems or situation being focused on, etc.
II.      Benefits of studying the Word of God
         A. We should study the Bible because it reveals truths about God. In the Bible, God Himself
            speaks to us. The Bible answers and explains the creation of the world and the origin of man,
            the origin of sin, the history of God’s chosen people, God’s redemption plan for man,
            salvation and eternal life, and much, much more.
         B. The Word of God (properly applied) should provide whatever we need to be perfect and
            equipped (2 Timothy 3:16-17) – teaching (doctrine), rebuke (reproof), correction and
            instruction in righteousness (right living).
         C. A desire for the Word of God will produce spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:2).
         D. The Word of God inspires with examples and testimonies from the lives of real people. We,
            therefore, can find comfort in our sorrow, guidance when confused, advice for problems,
            rebuke for sins and encouragement for our journey.
         E. The Word of God provides us with a weapon (the sword of the Spirit) for spiritual warfare
            (Ephesians 6:17).
III.     Recommendations for beginning to study the Word of God
         A. It is our recommendation that a new believer begins his/her study in the four Gospels
            (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). It is here that you will find the teachings of Jesus. Starting
            with the Gospels will allow you to “get to know” the Savior, to learn His teachings, and to
            see what He did during His earthly ministry.
         B. A study in Acts will tell you about the early church – how it was started, its history, etc.
         C. After focusing on the Gospels and Acts, then you can concentrate on other parts of the Bible,
            starting with the New Testament epistles. Then studies in the Old Testament will give you
            understanding into “beginning” things and God’s dealings with the patriarchs and His chosen
            people.
         D. Your study of one part of the Bible may lead you into other parts and not necessarily in the
            above order. The purpose of the above order is to stress that new believers should not begin
            their study in difficult theological passages (for example, the book of Revelation should not
            be your first encounter with studying the Word of God).



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IV.      Basic Tools for Bible study
         A. Basic tools needed for sound Bible reading
             1. A good study Bible includes:
                  a. A limited concordance
                  b. Some include cross-references
                  c. Study notes (the danger here is that some study notes come from one viewpoint and
                     we can receive a very limited view of scripture)
                  d. Some have subject indexes
                  e. Maps
                  f.   Various articles
                  g. Find one that fits you best.
             2. Several translations of the Bible.
                  a. Formal equivalent translation- Word-for-word (You are left to study the text for
                     yourself to see what it means. These are important for Bible study (Ex: KJV, NASV)
                  b. Functional equivalent translation - Thought-for-thought (It takes the words that are
                     there and tries to communicate what the author intended to say through the text.
                     These are good for reading. (Ex: NLT)
                  c. Paraphrase (Ex: The original TLB)
                  d. Translations are on different reading/grade levels; so pick one that you trust that is on
                     your level. For example, Christianbook.com gives the following grade levels based
                     on publishers’ information: KJV and RSV – 12th grade; NASB and NRSV – 11th
                     grade; ESV – 10th grade; NIV and HCSB – 7th/8th grade; NKJV – 7th grade; NLT – 6th
                     grade; and NCV and NIRV – 3rd grade.
                e. Bibles are also available for children. These range from picture books to bedtime
                    stories to books with simple language and great illustrations to translations on
                    reading levels for children. For example, The International Children Bible (New
                    Century Version) is on a 3rd grade reading level. Other bibles are available for older
                    children and teens in appropriate reading levels.
             3. Bible Dictionary
             4. Standard Dictionary
             5. Exhaustive Concordance
             6. Bible Study Software
             7. Other bible references (commentaries, handbooks, devotionals, etc.)


V.       Personal commitments: How to approach Bible study
         A. Commit time for study; make an “appointment” with God. Same time, every day, if possible.
         B. Study in a place without distractions and interruptions (turn the TV and phone off, etc.)
         C. Begin study with prayer (Psalms 119:18; John 14:26; John 16:13) – prepare your heart and
            pray for understanding and that you are open to what the Spirit wants to impart.
         D. Select the material or passage that you will study. This may be a topic that interests you or
            that you need a deeper understanding of. This may also be a more in depth look at notes from
            a sermon you heard or bible study you attended.
         E. Determine study method that best suits your personality or that is best for the material being
            studied.
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         F. Consider any preconceived ideas or understandings about a particular passage that you may
            have based on your culture, past teachings or experiences. Keep an open mind to what the
            Spirit wants to impart. Continue to pray for understanding about any subject that you do not
            understand.
         G. Takes notes or keep a journal. See attached for an example page of a journal created for our
            local congregation (used here by permission); you are also free to use for your own personal
            study.
         H. Endpoint of all study should be “application” – how do you apply what you have learned to
            your life and situation (what does God want to communicate to you, commands to obey,
            promises to claim, sins to confess and forsake, prayers to pray, etc.)




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