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Bible Intake

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I. Introduction: William Tyndale

II. Body:

a. A Definition: Actively listening to God

b. Why it matters? The Bible is the written Word of God. Therefore, what it says is what God says:

i. It is inspired and God’s tool for spiritual growth: ;
ii. It is to be read, heard, studied, memorized, meditated upon, preached, and obeyed: ; ; ;
iii. Scripture has four main attributes:
iv. Scripture has four main attributes:
a. Sufficient: It is all we need to know God and how we are to relate to Him.
b. Clear: What needs to be understood can be understood.
c. Authoritative: It has final say in all that it speaks to.
d. Necessary: Without it we could not know God in any meaningful or saving way.

c. Hearing the Bible:

i. As a church: The Bible should be read in Church. This is obvious, but there are questions to be addressed: how much? Are you listening? Who should be reading it?
ii. As an individual: Follow along.
iii. As a family: Read a chapter a day out loud in the home.

d. Reading the Bible:

i. Methods: 90 Days, 1 Year, 2 Year, and 4 Year. Pick a book to go through and just read it.
ii. As a church:
a. Corporate Worship
b. Prayer Meeting
c. Members Meeting
d. Sunday School
iii. As an individual:
a. Daily Quiet Time: Read a portion of Scripture each day.
iv. As a family:
a. Family Devotions/Worship: Read a chapter a day out loud in the home.
Illustration of the difference between reading and studying the Bible: Boat vs. Submarine

f. Studying the Bible:

i. A method:
a. Inductive Approach: Bare-Bones
· Observation: What does it say?
· Interpretation: What does it mean?
· Application: What should I believe or do in response to what it means? What does it mean for me?
b. Grasping God’s Word Approach: A Different Way to Think About Inductive Bible Study
· Grasping the text in their town: What did the author intend for his original audience understand in his writing of the text?
· Measuring the river to cross: What are the differences between us and the original audience?
· Building the principlizing bridge: What principles does the passage teach that applies both to us and the original audience?
· Surveying the Biblical Map: What does the rest of the Bible say about these principles?
· Grasping the text in our town: What specific or general ways can I apply the principles of the text in my life? What specific or general truths should I believe in light of the text?
ii. As a church:
a. Preaching/Teaching:
· Listening:
i. Listening is a choice. Distraction, boredom, and sleeping is not marks of godliness, but marks of a lack of godliness.
ii. Your Sunday morning experience begins Saturday Night, so get rest the night before.
iii. Study the previous weeks sermon text. If you know this coming Sunday’s study it too.
· Doing:
i. Boring and shallow teaching and preaching is a sign of a lack of preparation is never a result of God’s Word being boring
ii. Set a designated time each week to prepare your lessons or, if you ever preach, your sermons
iii. In teaching Sunday School or something similar, take a good amount of time brainstorming discussion questions that lead students accurately understand and apply the text of study.
b. Sunday School: Study what you’re going over in Sunday School before you meet.
iii. As an individual:
a. Pick a book, section, paragraph, sentence, or verse
b. Pick a topic
· Survey how it developed over redemptive history
· Survey what the Bible in its entirety teaches about the subject
· Use catechisms and confessions of faith
iv. As a family:
a. Use sermon guides
b. Use catechisms and confessions of faith
c. Ask questions about passages you have been reading one on one or

g. Recommended Resources

i. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Don Whitney
ii. Spiritual Disciplines within the Church by Don Whitney
iii. How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth by Douglas Stuart and Gordon Fee
iv. Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duval and J. Daniel Hayes
v. Family Worship by Don Whitney

III. Conclusion:

a. If your growth in godliness were measured by the quality of your Bible intake, what would be the result?
b. What is one thing you can do to improve your intake of God’s Word?
c. Will you discipline yourself beginning today to take God’s Word seriously and discipline yourself in hearing, reading, and studying it for the sake of growing in godliness?
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