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Summary: I’m convinced that most of the church members, that makeup the body of Christ, are ill equipped for service. The prime reason for this is in the lack of biblical understanding of the mysteries of God that flow from the Word to those that are poorly nouris

The Biblical principles of Bible Study

2 Timothy 2: 1-26

Intro: I’m convinced that most of the church members, that makeup the body of Christ, are ill equipped for service. The prime reason for this is in the lack of biblical understanding of the mysteries of God that flow from the Word to those that are poorly nourished; much like a baby that pushes away a bottle of milk continually gets sick, so does the immature Christian who pushes away from Gods Word. Therefore the command given by Paul to young Timothy “Study to show thy self approved, a workman needing not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” is very imperative to all believers. The context of this message is exhort each believer to not only read the word of God but study it, not in part, but I its entirety.

Quote:

Any single verse of the Bible, taken in isolation, may actually be dangerous to your spiritual health. Every part of it must be read in relation to the whole message.

LOUIS CASSELS

I. Understanding the entirety of the Word of God:

1. Comes from hours of intense reading

Note: There are some among us this morning that simply read the Word of God as though it had little importance in the life of each believer. They read it as though it was a romance novel about two mortal people instead of a sovereign God reveling himself to sinful men that lay buried in the mire of filth and shame that binds them.

2. By prayerful consideration of the passages read

3. By careful study of each passage and correlating them with other passages “Hermeneutics”

2 Timothy 2:15

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

There are few people that loved sentence diagrams in school, my self-included, but it’s a discipline that is taught for a purpose and must be used in the study of the Word of God. While breaking down each sentence, paragraph, and chapter we start to understand the full meaning of that which is written. If not done correctly we take passages out of context and develop a false understanding of scripture that leads to a false belief (theology) about the nature and attributes of God.

II. Why the Mandate to Study?

First lets define the term used in our text:

Study comes from the Greek word spoudazo {spoo-dad’-zo} meaning: to exert one’s self, endeavor, and give diligence to something:

Note: Why would someone want to give and extreme amount of energy to the study of God’s Word???

1. To equip others

2 Timothy 2:2

2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Note: The purpose of equipping the Saints of God for service is two fold, let’s consider:

A. For spiritual warfare

1 Timothy 1:18 and 2 Timothy 2:3

18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

B. That others may be taught in the Word of God


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