Sunday, August 14, 2016

Asking the right questions.

In studying the Bible we sometimes have the tendency to focus solely on individual verses.
We need to keep in mind that we should also be alert to the bigger picture of a book of the Bible and the whole Bible itself.
Understanding the bigger picture helps us to understand the individual verse(s) better.
Similarly, understanding individual verses better helps us to understand the bigger picture more clearly. Books on interpreting the Bible call this idea the "hermeneutical circle."

In looking at the following verses, what can questions can we ask and meditate on with the individual verse(s) and big picture in mind?

2 Peter 3:18 (ESV)
18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
       To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

What does spiritual growth look like? 
                Growing in God's grace in how we react to the world around us.
                Growing in knowledge of God's Word.
                Growing in a desire to please (glorify) God

How does this verse relate to the overall theme of Peter's 2nd letter?
Overall  3:1 to stir up a sincere mind
                1:10 make diligent your call
                1:15  make every effort
                3:14  make every effort
Do what we can do to grow in our relationship with the Lord defined by God's Word.
How does 2 Peter fit within the NT and OT?

What questions could you ask concerning the following verse?

1 Timothy 4:7-8 (ESV)
7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths.
  Rather train yourself for godliness;
8        for while bodily training is of some value,
          godliness is of value in every way,
          as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

>>What are my hindrances in training to be godly?

(think about who, what, when, where, how, why questions)

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