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Working Out Your Own Salvation (part 3 studying)


  1. Phil2:12-13
    1. You are responsible for your salvation
    2. You must put forth effort
    3. It’s a very serious responsibility
    4. God helps you
  2. God has given us tools to work with 2Pet1:3
  3. Last lesson on how prayer helps us to work out our salvation
  4. 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

  1. The gospel is God’s power to save Rom1:16-17, Rom10:14-15, Jam1:21
  2. The Bible reveals the mind of God 1Cor2:6-15
  3. The word produces faith Rom10:17
  4. We are sanctified by the word Jn17:17, Eph5:26
  5. The scriptures make us wise for salvation and equips us for every good work 2Tim3:15-17
  6. The word causes us to grow 1Pet2:2, Eph4:11-13, Acts20:32
  7. The word works in us 1Thes2:13
    1. Energeo
    2. If we work then: God works in us(Phil2:13), prayer works (James5:16), the word works (1Thes2:13)
  8. The word examines us Heb4:12-13, Rom8:16
  9. The word will judge us in the last day Jn12:48
  10. If you are going to work out your own salvation you must let God work in you through the word
  11. 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.

  1. The process of communicating.
    1. Ideas to words to ideas.
    2. God’s mind to our mind.
    3. 1 Corinthians 2:16,11
    4. Understanding the meaning of words.
      1. 1 Corinthians 2:13
      2. Dictionary
      3. Bible dictionary (Nelson’s, Smith’s)
      4. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary
      5. NT in Greek and English.
      6. Greek lexicon
      7. Compare translations
      8. Example “baptism”
    5. Observing the rules of grammar.
      1. To get the correct meaning.
      2. Mark 16:16, Acts2:38

Understanding the context.

  1. An overall understanding of the Bible.
    1. Theme
    2. Organization
    3. How each book fits into whole
    4. The divisions of the Bible.
      1. OT/NT
      2. Historical, poetic, gospels, epistles, law
      3. Background of book or epistle.
        1. Author
        2. Audience
        3. Background (place and time)
        4. Subject/ problem
        5. 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.

  1. Figurative and symbolic language. John 6:48-58
  2. Prophetic language Daniel 7
  3. Poetic language. Psalms 17:8
  4. Literary devices (Simile metaphor, allegory, parables, proverb)
  5. Use common sense.

Interpretation must harmonize with rest of writing.

  1. Interpretation can’t contradict other passages Hebrews 6:2/ Ephesians 4:5, Matthew 24
  2. Take into account all that is said on a subject.
    1. Ephesians 2:8-9
    2. What about repentance, confession, baptism?
    3. Faith and work in Romans and James.

Do not allow preconceived ideas to shape interpretation.

  1. Doctrines.
  2. Traditional views.
  3. Reaction to false doctrines.
  4. Hard to accept truths.
  5. 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

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