Bible Study, Exegesis, links to make you think, Theology

Herescope: Search The Scriptures

Christian believers have a duty that lies in the command to “search the Scriptures” (John 5:39), ἐρευνᾶτε τὰς γραφάς: i.e., make a diligent investigation of the mind of God in them.1 Corinthians 2:13 speaks of  “comparing spiritual things with spiritual” — examining what the Spirit has declared of the mind of God in one place in Scripture with what He,…

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Bible Study, Law and Gospel

Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think It Is) – AlbertMohler.com

Hell will be highly populated with those who were “raised right.” The citizens of heaven will be those who, by the sheer grace and mercy of God, are there solely because of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. Source: Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think It Is) – AlbertMohler.com

Bible Study, BibleArc

Phrasing the Scriptures

Phrasing, also called Block Diagramming, has become an integral part of my Bible study. Along with Arcing,  I find it very useful in order to find the flow of thought in the text. Below is Biblearc’s video on their Phrasing module. BibleArc’s Phrasing Module from Bethlehem College & Seminary on Vimeo. I hope that when you watched it you became…

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Bible Study, Exegesis

Hermeneutics part 5: Using Arcing During the Observation Phase

Arc of Ephesians 1:1-14 My Arcing “Discovery” Arcing has become an invaluable study tool for me. I remember when I first stumbled upon the site a few years ago. I was excited! I needed something fresh for my Bible study and this seemed to be it. I hungrily ate up the tutorial videos and began my journey into Arcing. But…

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Bible Study, BibleArc, Exegesis

Join the Ephesians Study Group Online!

I (Steven) am hosting a study group online through the book of Ephesians. We’ll be using theArcing/Bracketing/Phrasing method. The group is open to ANYONE who wants to dig deeper into God’s Word using the Arcing method. Don’t be intimidated. If you’d like to join just go to this link and request membership. There will be three things that you must…

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Bible Study, Exegesis

Hermeneutics part 4: The 3 Steps of the Observation Phase

Do you remember the four steps of hermeneutics? Here is a quick reminder: Grasp the text in their town – what did it mean to the original audience? Measure the width of the river to cross – what are the differences between the Biblical audience and me/us?  Cross the priciplizing bridge – what is the theological principle in this text?…

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Bible Study, Exegesis

Hermeneutics part 3: Beginning the Observation Phase

I’m a big fan of the new Sherlock Holmes series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s kinda like a modern twist on an old classic, which usually doesn’t sit well with my taste, but somehow BBC made this really work. One of the most impressive features of the show is Sherlock’s ability to notice the seemingly insignificant things. These usually turn out…

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Bible Study, Hermeneutics Series

Outlining the Hermeneutical Process

One of the most influential books in my Christian life was Grasping God’s Word. I became a Christian in April of 1997, and I desired to understand the Bible in greater depth. The only outlet I had at the time was church (not that that is bad). For first several years of my Christian walk I didn’t really have any…

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Bible Study, Exegesis, Hermeneutics Series

Hermeneutics: Some Common Pitfalls

Last week I began our series on hermeneutics. Our goal is to study, not just read, God’s Word so that we can understand it, apply it, and therefore, be sanctified by the Holy Spirit’s work through the Word. Before we get started with the actual process it’s important to understand some of the pitfalls that are easy to fall into…

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Bible Study, Exegesis

Hermeneutics: What, How, Why, When, Where?

It’s important to start 2015 right. And for the believer that usually means a resolution to read more of the Bible. And it’s a good resolution. But how about a resolution, not only to read more of God’s Word, but to study it! Most people seem to be content with reading 3, or 4, or maybe even 5 chapters a…

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