Bible Study from Calvary Chapel Newberg

with Tom Fuller

Communicating the Word of God, Part 2

Psalm 119:1-50

How to use the Bible

1.    To understand who God is and His plan for humanity

Isaiah 26:9 I long for You in the night; yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks You, for when Your judgments are in the land, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

2.    As guidance for what to do in the short term and long term

Ps 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.

3.    To tell right from wrong

Hebrews 5:11-14 We have a great deal to say about this, and it\'s difficult to explain, since you have become slow to understand. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of God\'s revelation. You need milk, not solid food. 13 Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness, because he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature?for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil.

4.    To be a useful apprentice to do God?s work

2 Timothy 2:15-16 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn\'t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.

5.    Self introspection and cleaning

Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. NKJV

Ps 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.

6.    To fight the enemy?s tactics

Ephesians 6:17Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God\'s word.

7.    To help others know God and become like God

2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. NKJV

How to communicate the Bible

There are four important things to get from each study:

Understand the language
Understand the culture (theirs and ours)
Understand the Message
Understand the Application

Pick a section that has enough ?meat? but not too much

Make sure you understand the theology

How does the section fit in with ongoing themes of the author?

What is the ?big? message in the section?

Are there ?sticking points? that you need help on?

What things in your own life have happened that bear on this section?

Don?t get stuck on the minutiae, stick to the main theme

Are there cultural differences that need explaining?

Grasp the text in their town (original meaning for original audience)
Measure width of the river of differences between them and us
Theological principals (that bridge)
Grasp the text in our town (apply those principals) (From ?Grasping God?s Word?)

Let it percolate