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First 5: Be Transformed by Bible Saturation

January 28, 2018 Speaker: Gibson Largent Series: The First Five

Passage: Romans 12:1–2

Romans 12:1-2

Today's Point: Life change happens most effectively when you are studying scripture and praying in the context of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

5 Disciplines for bible intake:

  • Hearing
  • Reading
  • Memorizing
  • Studying
  • Applying
  • Meditating

This morning: focus on a method of studying scripture

  • Many types of study
    • Book study
    • Character study
    • Doctrinal study
    • Word study
    • Theme study
    • Inductive 
  • “Inductive Bible study is an approach to God’s Word focusing on three basic steps that move from a general overview to specifics. Through these three steps, we apply inductive reasoning, which is defined as the attempt to use information about a specific situation to draw a conclusion. The steps are observation (what does it say?), interpretation (what does it mean?), and application (what does it mean for my life?). Inductive Bible study is a valuable tool in understanding and applying the principles of God’s Word.”
  • Why we Study:
    • 2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 
    • Acts 17:11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. 
    • 1 Peter 2:2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 
    • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

4 Parts to Inductive Bible Study:

  • What does it say?
    • Observations
    • Questions 
      • 100’s of questions 
  • What does it mean?
    • Interpretation
  • How does it fit into the context of scripture?
    • Correlation to verses above and below
  • What does it mean for my life?
    • Application

Let’s walk through the steps together using Matthew 11:28-30

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30


Our goal and purpose:

  • That we would know Jesus more perfectly
  • That we would share Jesus more fervently
  • That we would serve Jesus more faithfully
  • That we would love Jesus more adequately

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