What are some Principles to keep in mind while we study the Bible:
1. The centrality of preaching. How will they hear if no one preaches? (Rom 10) The Apostles did not go around establishing churches and then leave people only with a stack of letters to read as individuals, they established preachers and overseers to teach and protect sound doctrine that was often distorted.
After attending URC for a while, I noticed a change in my reading, I could hear Kevin ask, “Why is this here?” or “A basic hermeneutical principle Continue reading
As we approach any undertaking we should always pause to consider what the principles or end we’re after verses the methods or means we’re using to get us there. When we get these mixed around we can become slaves to our methods and free to stop short of our goal.
Let’s say for example that you want to have a healthy heart. One principle component of a healthy heart might be exercise. You could choose from dozens of methods to achieve this principle, jogging, Continue reading
And now a bit about how to come rightly to the Scriptures:
We need to come not doubting but with belief and repentance.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8
What is the difference between a doubt and a question?
After my testimony about God’s word in my life, I came up with 3 P’s. Posture, Principles, and Practicalities. Our posture meaning the way we come to the Bible. We need to come hungry and rightly. Today, I’ll post the hungry part:
We come hungry. The Bible refers to itself as food many times: sweet dripping of the honeycomb (Ps 19), we “feed” on Christ whom all the Scriptures bear witness to (John 5:57, Luke 24), we should desire to grow on spiritual milk (1 Peter 2:2) and then onto solid food (Heb 5, 1 Cor 3), so we’ll use that metaphor as well.
I was honored to be asked to speak at a women’s Bible study tonight at my church. In case you missed that I said, s-p-e-a-k. I write. I don’t speak, um, well. One of my well-spoken friends told me to use the nervous adrenaline to clear my head and push me through it. I think adrenaline must have a reverse effect on me. One time I had a kid in the ER, and all that adrenaline did for me was make me forget my own child’s middle name. I never recalled it the whole time we were there.
But God was kind, to his name be the glory, to calm my nerves and help me faithfully give testimony to some riches of reading his word. Since I Continue reading