God Speaks, So What?

Genesis 1- 2

When God Speaks, Things Happen It’s so common to hear “God speaks” that it’s barely enough to evoke a yawn among churchgoers.  You’d think that it’s a common experience enjoyed by all who consider themselves Christians. I’ve found that although practically all Christians agree God speaks, it’s a minority who regularly hear from God. I’ve […]

Bible Study Basics: The Application of Mark 1:1-8 To Our Lives

Step 8 Application Is How To Live The Bible

Application Of A Text Is Putting It Into Practice What’s your goal in studying the Bible? Not everyone agrees on the answer to that question. The goal is to understand what it teaches so we can live it out in our lives today. It’s amazing we can study the Bible, a book that is thousands […]

Bible Study Basics: How to Apply The Bible To Your Life

Step 8: Application: Identify Timeless Principles

There Is A Wrong And Right Way To Apply The Bible To Your Life It is time to see what parts of Mark 1:1-8 we can apply to our lives.  Here’s our text. 1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, […]

Bible Study Basics: The Difference Between Interpretation and Application

Step 8 First Establish Meaning Then Seek Application

Application Is Often Confused With Interpretation We have come to a point in our discussion of Bible study methods where there is a lot of confusion. One of the reasons is terminology. If we aren’t using words in the same way we have trouble communicating. What do you think it means when I say “I […]

Bible Study Basics: John The Baptist’s Mission Is The Beginning Of the Gospel

Step 6: Interpret: The Good News Of Jesus Began With John

The Importance of John The Baptist Doing Bible study is like filming a movie. There are many hours of film that are never used in the final production. Sometime entire scenes are cut. The director has to make choices and edit the film to tell the best story in the right amount of time. In […]

Bible Study Basics: Interpretation Is What The Text Means [But Not To You]

Step 6: Interpret: Make a tentative conclusion as to what the main point of the passage is.

Interpretation Is About What The Text Meant To The Original Audience “Are we there yet? Learning how to study the Bible is taking a long time!” You may feel like the kids in the back seat that are getting impatient with the trip. We are getting close but no, we aren’t there yet. This step, […]

Bible Study Basics: Mark 1:2-8 The Focus Is On John The Baptist

Step 5: Identifying Details About John

Mark’s Gospel Starts By Talking About John Not Jesus A key part of Bible study is understanding the various elements in the text. This includes people, places and events. When we understand these the meaning of the text comes into clearer focus. When we skip over details we may be skipping over something important to […]

Bible Study Basics: Mark 1:1 Looking At Jesus’ Name And Titles

Step 5: Understanding The Text Requires A Close Look

The Meaning Of Jesus’ Name And Titles A good friend tells the story of a pastor of a small church. They didn’t have an offering basket so the pastor used to pass his hat. One Sunday at offering time the pastor put $10 in his hat and passed it around. After the service he and […]

Bible Study Basics: Identify to Clarify [What You Don’t Know]

Step 5 Identify Continued: Things We Need To Know To Understand A Text

Digging Deeper in Mark 1:1-8 I once took an evening folk guitar class at a community college. There were about 25 people in the class with a wide range of experience. Some had never played a note. Others were intermediate players and some were good enough to teach the class. The instructor showed us beginners […]

Bible Study Basics: Identify Unknown Elements

Step 5 Identify and Research Key Terms

Identify People, Places, Events and Concepts You Don’t Understand We have a junk drawer in our house. It’s a place where we put things we need or think we need but don’t use very often. In it you’ll find pens, notepads, coupons, tape and a few tools. There are also a few thing-a-ma-jigs. If you’re […]