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Bible Study 101. Hb.5:12-14. I. First One Thing, Then Another. Confusing conversations. 13, easy question ► Claims + signs = certainty (Jn.3) 14, some . . . o thers confused 15-16, disciples: clarity ► 17, what made the difference?. Ac.19:…29-32 Ac.21:34… Mt.16:13-17, solution.

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bible study 101

Bible Study 101


confusing conversations
Confusing conversations

13, easy question

►Claims + signs = certainty (Jn.3)

14, some . . . others confused

15-16, disciples: clarity

►17,what made the difference?



Mt.16:13-17, solution

neighbors read study together
Neighbors read / study together


  • “Teaches us to be baptized; immersion”
  • “No; should be baptized w. Holy Spirit”
  • “To me: slow down; go to woods, meet God”
  • “God told me: will send HS to me as a dove”
    • “I don’t think so”
      • “You’re disagreeing w. God”
  • “This shows how rich the Bible is: it can mean so many things”

First One Thing, Then Another

II. What Is Your Reading Of It?

luke 10 26
Luke 10:…26
  • God → writer → reader (hearer)
  • We can understand it (Mt.15:10, 16)
  • We understand it alike (Mt.24:15)

“Four score”?



The text:

a collection of letters

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets:

"Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before you.”


result of thought

writer not reader determines meaning of the text
Writer, not reader, determines meaning of the text
  • God → writer → reader (hearer) Ep.3:4
  • Inkblot
  • Dn.2 – a dream chapter

Bork / Thomas

To me it means…?


Writers imply;

readers infer

Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning…

until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand…


Readers discover; do not create meaning

writers explain unusual usage
Writers explain unusual usage

19Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.“ 20Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21But He was speaking of the temple of His body. – Jn.2:19-21

  • “Baptism”
  • “Church”
  • “Saint”
hb 7 1 2

Text always means whatit meant when written


Different time / language / readers

OT (Heb.)



NT (Gk.)





First One Thing, Then Another

II. What Is Your Reading Of It?

III. Be Not Unwise, But Understand

ep 5 17

Mt.24:15, abomination of desolation…?

Lk.9:43-45, simple words, strong bias

Ga.1:6-9, Judaizers

Ep.5:18, do not get drunk on wine


First One Thing, Then Another

II. What Is Your Reading Of It?

III. Be Not Unwise, But Understand

IV. What Does It Mean?

1 co 5 9 10
1 Co.5:9-10

Possessing spiritual gifts alone will not discover truth (‘help’ Corinthians)


Great mind alone will not discover truth; attitude just as important