- You are responsible for your salvation
- You must put forth effort
- It’s a very serious responsibility
- God helps you
- God has given us tools to work with 2Pet1:3
- Last lesson on how prayer helps us to work out our salvation
- Today we will consider how Bible study helps us work out our salvation and how to properly study
How Bible study helps us work out our salvation
- The gospel is God’s power to save Rom1:16-17, Rom10:14-15, Jam1:21
- The Bible reveals the mind of God 1Cor2:6-15
- The word produces faith Rom10:17
- We are sanctified by the word Jn17:17, Eph5:26
- The scriptures make us wise for salvation and equips us for every good work 2Tim3:15-17
- The word causes us to grow 1Pet2:2, Eph4:11-13, Acts20:32
- The word works in us 1Thes2:13
- If we work then: God works in us(Phil2:13), prayer works (James5:16), the word works (1Thes2:13)
- The word examines us Heb4:12-13, Rom8:16
- The word will judge us in the last day Jn12:48
- If you are going to work out your own salvation you must let God work in you through the word
- A working challenge: read or study your Bible every day this week
How to study the Bible
Consistency and persistency
Get help (study materials, classes)
Understanding the text.
- The process of communicating.
- Ideas to words to ideas.
- God’s mind to our mind.
- 1 Corinthians 2:16,11
- Understanding the meaning of words.
- 1 Corinthians 2:13
- Bible dictionary (Nelson’s, Smith’s)
- Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary
- NT in Greek and English.
- Greek lexicon
- Compare translations
- Example “baptism”
- Observing the rules of grammar.
- To get the correct meaning.
- Mark 16:16, Acts2:38
Understanding the context.
- An overall understanding of the Bible.
- How each book fits into whole
- The divisions of the Bible.
- Historical, poetic, gospels, epistles, law
- Background of book or epistle.
- Background (place and time)
- Subject/ problem
- Progression of thought or reoccurring theme, wording, choice of words. (“know” in 1 John)
Being aware of figurative language and other kinds of literary devices.
- Figurative and symbolic language. John 6:48-58
- Prophetic language Daniel 7
- Poetic language. Psalms 17:8
- Literary devices (Simile metaphor, allegory, parables, proverb)
- Use common sense.
Interpretation must harmonize with rest of writing.
- Interpretation can’t contradict other passages Hebrews 6:2/ Ephesians 4:5, Matthew 24
- Take into account all that is said on a subject.
- Ephesians 2:8-9
- What about repentance, confession, baptism?
- Faith and work in Romans and James.
Do not allow preconceived ideas to shape interpretation.
- Traditional views.
- Reaction to false doctrines.
- Hard to accept truths.
- Let it say what it says.
1. Work out your own salvation
2. Let God work in your life through prayer and study
3. Commit to change your life