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The SIMPLE Truth

...A Light To My Pa!...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Our Passage
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King."
16 Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters,
17 who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down,

they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:

18 "Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
20 The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches,

 for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert,

to give drink to my chosen people,
21 the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.

-- Isaiah 43:15-21 (ESV)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Vision Statement
YOU can study the
Bible for yourself
(without the aid of
BUT not without
community and the
necessary tools

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Helpful Quotes
“The aim of good interpretation is simple: to get at
the plain meaning of the text.” (Fee, 18)

“Interpretation that aims at, or thrives on, uniqueness

can usually be attributed to pride (an attempt to “out-
clever” the rest of the world), a false understanding of
spirituality (wherein the Bible is full of deeply buried
truths waiting to be mined by the spiritually sensitive
person with special insight), or vested interests (the
need to support a theological bias)...” (Fee, 18)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bible study is not...
A social hangout
Bible memorization
Bible reading
Bible meditation
Believing the Bible is true
Topical study
Defending the Bible
A magic 8-ball

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bible study is...

“The regular, careful,

systematic examination of the
Scriptures themselves with an
alert mind and a prayerful,
open heart with the intent to
understand and live it out in
community with others.”

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Why study the Bible?
It is transformational
“The truth will set you free”

To discern God’s message

To avoid error
To apply it to your life

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Fancy Words Equation

Exegesis (what it meant to the original audience)

Hermeneutics (what it means to us today)
The Inductive Method

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Circle or Spiral?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Top Ten Tips for Observation

10. Report what is said, not what is

9. Look for repetition/variations/
possible patterns
8. Use different lenses: wide angle
and zoom
7. Don’t just repeat the text; observe
what it says and how it says it
6. Note major changes in form and

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Top Ten Tips for Observation

5. When possible, make charts/lists

4. Raise questions

3. Be cautious of generalizing

2. Make your observations a variety

of lengths

1. Don’t hesitate to state the obvious

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Conflict Resolution
Example of a chart (Matthew 18)
Conflict Action Stipulation Response Result

Step 1 show fault the two of you a. listens won him over

b. doesn't listen go to step 2

Step 2 show fault the three of you a. listens won him over

b. doesn't listen go to step 3

Step 3 show fault leadership a. listens won him over

b. doesn't listen treat him as pagan

Saturday, January 29, 2011