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How Can We Understand This Holy Book?. Ever felt like the eunuch? Acts 8:26-31 Must come to know and live by its teachings. James 1:21-25 Abide by the new covenant. Heb. 8:8-13 “Hermeneutics” are not really that complicated. Two Fundamental Concepts.

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Ever felt like the eunuch? Acts 8:26-31

  • Must come to know and live by its teachings. James 1:21-25
  • Abide by the new covenant. Heb. 8:8-13
  • “Hermeneutics” are not really that complicated.
two fundamental concepts
Two Fundamental Concepts
  • Approach it as God’s word. 2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Thes. 2:13; Rev. 1:1a
  • Come with a commitment to obedience.
    • 1 Cor. 14:37; 2 Thes. 1:8; Matt. 7:21-27
being inspired means
Being Inspired Means…
  • Every part is important.
    • 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Psalm 119:160
  • It will not contradict itself.
    • Not so in men’s writings.
    • Romans 4:5; James 2:21
    • Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 16:33
being inspired means1
Being Inspired Means…
  • Every part is important.
  • It will not contradict itself.
  • Scripture will interpret Scripture.
    • “This is what….” Acts 2:16
    • Do comparative studies. Eph. 5:18, 19; Col. 3:16
    • Cf. John 13:14 to remainder of Scripture.
it is to be obeyed
It Is to Be Obeyed
  • Read seeking God’s will.
    • Matthew 7:24, 25, 21
    • You can find it. John 7:16, 17
    • Ephesians 3:3-5
  • He communicates in a simple way.
    • “Clean your room.”
    • Show them how to clean.
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It Is to Be Obeyed
  • Read seeking God’s will.
  • He communicates in a simple way.
    • “Clean your room.”
    • Show them how to clean.
    • “If this room is not clean….”
    • That’s command, example, and necessary inference (inescapable conclusion).
it is to be obeyed2
It Is to Be Obeyed
  • Read seeking God’s will.
  • He communicates in a simple way.
    • “That’s command, example, and necessary inference (inescapable conclusion).
    • God “issues orders.” 1 Cor. 14:37, 34, 35; Acts 17:30, 31; Col. 3:9
    • Study the approved examples. 1 Cor. 11:1
    • Watch for implications. Matt. 19:3-6
      • Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 18:8; Rom. 6:4
use common sense
Use Common Sense
  • Define the words.
  • Pay attention to context.
    • “The parts of a discourse that surround a word or passage and can throw light on its meaning.” “The interrelated conditions in which something exists or occurs.”
    • What does “baby” mean?
use common sense1
Use Common Sense
  • Pay attention to context.
    • Who said it?
    • To whom was it said?
    • Under what circumstances?
    • Subject under discussion?
  • Knowing the context.
use common sense2
Use Common Sense
  • Pay attention to context.
  • Knowing the context.
    • Read the surrounding material in the Bible.
    • Commentaries, encyclopedias, etc. can be helpful, especially with historical and political settings.
    • But Bible study is the key.
conclusion
Conclusion
  • With effort the Bible can be read and understood. 2 Tim. 2:15; Eph. 3:4; John 7:17
    • Know that it is inspired and to be obeyed.
    • Allow God to teach you by command, example, and inference.
    • Approach context as you would in everyday life.
  • Do you understand your need to be baptized?
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