How to Study Your Bible

A college-level class on how to study the Bible inductively, which emphasizes the most basic tools, principles, and processes for moving from the sound reading of the Scriptures to application. The class is comprised of 9 lectures totaling a little over 6 hours.

Thank you to Clint Rodgers for volunteering to make the outlines for each lecture.

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Lectures

Overview

1

Dr. Guthrie uses the word picture of taking a trip to describe the process of how we study the Bible.

2

What motivates us to read and study the Bible consistently?

3

Discusses concordances, study Bibles, translations (formal and functional equivalents), Bible dictionaries, Bible study software, etc, as well as the basic commitments one needs for Bible study.

Context

4

Treats the central importance of historical context and warns against related fallacies

5

Points out the importance of reading a passage in its literary context, and with regard for the appropriate genre (e.g., the psalm, the proverb, apocalyptic)

6

How to distinguish between the backbone of a passage and its support material

7

Stresses that words have a range of meaning and that context determines meaning. Examines five fallacies in word study before laying out a plan for effective word studies

Application

8

The proper steps for reliable and effective application of Scripture to life

9

To illustrate the proper steps in examining a passage of Scripture, Colossians 2 is explained and the steps applied

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Duration

6 hours