Two extremes of Bible Study, random reading and rightly dividing Random Reading Randomly fan the pages of an open Bible and stick a pin in a random verse on a random page and sing this little ditty as you try to apply that verse for you today… This can’t be correct because the Bible contains the true and accurate accounts of many historical situations. The Bible contains quotations from God, angels, godly men and women, ungodly men and women, Satan, Continue reading A balanced look at “Rightly Dividing”
The Apostle Paul closes his first letter to a fledgling church with these final exhortations. This letter was written after Timothy returned with mostly good news about their spiritual growth in the Lord. It is full of thanksgiving to God for the faith, love, and hope of the new church. It also contains things he didn’t have time to teach them. It answers their questions about the future resurrection and rapture. And, it contains strong rebukes against sexual immorality and Continue reading Final exhortations to a fledgling church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)
Some psalms are called wisdom psalms because they make a case for the primary importance of wisdom or instruct readers in dealing with questions, issues, and doubts that arise in life (see Pss 1, 14, 25, 34, 37, 39, 49, 73, 78, 90, 91, 111, 112, 127, 128, 131, 133, 139). Many other psalms contain elements of wisdom teaching (see Pss 18, 27, 31, 32, 40, 62, 92, 94, 107, 144, 146). (New Living Translation (NLT) Study Bible Notes) Psalms Continue reading Psalms of instruction in wisdom and the blessing of the wise life
What is the trinity, the three-in-one, triune God? This is an important question, which has caused lots of division between Christians. Some describe the trinity like an egg with a shell, egg white, and yolk or an orange with a skin, juicy meat, and seeds. Although these metaphors help illustrate the concept of three-in-one, they fall far short of describing God. Therefore, let’s consider the Biblical pattern of the tabernacle in the wilderness, which God showed to Moses (Exodus 25-31) Continue reading The trinity of the tabernacle in the wilderness
Of all the things you should do each day: eat, sleep, work, exercise, and play, the one thing that Christians should do is spend time in the written word of God. Almost every Christian will agree this is important, and many have found strength and comfort in this practice. While some already have taken it to detrimental extremes, most people need to be encouraged, so here are some considerations for daily devotions.
What is gnosticism? Gnosticism is literally, “the cult based on special, personal knowledge.” The apostle Paul specifically warned against this kind of division, which has spawned several very large Christian-like religions, dozens of very closed denominations, and hundreds or thousands of small sects. Each of these groups claims some “special personal knowledge,” which they have and you do not, which makes them more acceptable to God than you, and which keeps them separate from you. In the last month, I talked to Continue reading Gnosticism and the altar of special knowledge in the church today
Let’s consider this popular verse. Some will claim this is written to the Jews in exile and does not apply to us today. But, let’s look at this verse and consider the context and see what we can learn about God and his plans for us. Let’s consider these people. God had plans for them. Who were they? Where were they? What does this tell us about the character of God? Does God have plans for us? Are God’s plans good, Continue reading God’s plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)
If we consider the sum total of all possible knowledge in the entire universe, either God knows everything or he is not God. If God does not know everything, then sometimes he might be wrong. If God does not know everything, then there might be another god who knows more than him. And, that god would be God. If God is God, then he is always right. How about you? Could you be wrong?
When you don’t know what to do, or you are not able do what you think you should do, the right thing to do is wait on the Lord. This isn’t wasting time. This is letting the Lord lead in your life. Examples of waiting on the Lord with good outcomes Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers and then spent at least 2 years in prison on false charges. This was not wasting time. Joseph realized Continue reading Waiting on the Lord is not wasting time
There are many fringe Christian groups who use a misapplication of this verse to justify their own circular reasoning of the scriptures… Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; (1 Corinthians 2:13 KJV) These groups use this verse to teach a strange form of study and teaching that only uses other verses to explain verses. Most of them mistranslate the verse to be “comparing scripture with scripture.” This Continue reading Bible scripture study comparing spiritual things with spiritual