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Berean Reformed Baptist Church, Harare ZW
Understanding the Bible: Interpreting the New Testament (Joe Shoko)

Berean Reformed Baptist Church, Harare ZW

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 33:16


We come to the end of an exhilarating series on the Sufficiency of the Scriptures. For many years, myriads have asked themselves, 'What is the New Testament about?'

Knox Church Sermons
Understanding the Bible – Part 7

Knox Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 21:17


I mentioned Elaine Pagels earlier in this sermon series.  She's one of the most important biblical scholars of the last century.  She's also written a recent memoir called Why Religion.  In it, she seeks to reconcile her Knowledge of the Bible and religion with the grief and loss in her life, including the shocking deaths of a young child […]

The Bible for Everyday Life
06: I'm a Christian, Now What? -- Am I understanding the Bible Correctly?

The Bible for Everyday Life

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2022 29:33


How do we know if we are understanding the Bible correctly? There are so many ways of looking at things in scripture, which way is right? Which way is wrong? Or ... are there multiple ways of looking at what has been written? Or ... is that just a copout?

Berean Reformed Baptist Church, Harare ZW
Understanding the Bible: Interpreting the Prophets (Joe Shoko)

Berean Reformed Baptist Church, Harare ZW

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 35:24


We continue our series in defence of the Holy Scriptures as we zoom in on the Prophets. Who was a Prophet? What was their message? How did they deliver their message? How do rightly interpret their message?

C4C Apologetics
Ep 70 - Why the Audience is Vital in Understanding the Bible

C4C Apologetics

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 7:47


One of the foundational principles in interpreting any body of literature is to determine the audience. Correctly understanding the audience, is vital in understanding the proper interpretation, and subsequent application of the text. Why do so many ignore this principle when it comes to Scripture is beyond me...This is an excerpt from my teaching through the book of James, original link here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc3YDzb6zEAOpen Door Baptist Church:https://odbaptist.com/C4C Apologetics Website:https://odbaptist.com/pages/c4c-apologeticsFinancially Support C4C Apologetics Ministry:https://odbaptist.com/giveDon't forget to check out C4C Apologetics on these platforms:YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTCXAxWY9WPV1hzq5WH-OTw

Church In A Brewery Podcast
Bible Overview Series #1 - What Makes Understanding The Bible So Hard?

Church In A Brewery Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 13:55


Before we even open a Bible, what kind of cultural barriers and interpretation issues might we run into? What do we need to consider before assuming the meaning of a verse or story in the Bible? We discuss literary styles, language and translation issues, metaphor and more issues that can help prevent us from coming up with damaging interpretations of scripture. Discuss this topic with your friends! Have a casual discussion, make your own small group or house church. Get the discussion material here: https://www.breweryministries.org/discussion-guides/

Berean Reformed Baptist Church, Harare ZW
Understanding the Bible; Interpreting Wisdom Literature, Joe Shoko

Berean Reformed Baptist Church, Harare ZW

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 34:53


We continue our series in defence of the Scriptures. This time around we seek to understand what wisdom is, where it comes from and who defines it. We will do this by seeking to understand what wisdom literature in the Bible is about.

The Best of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast
Q&A: Pornography, Understanding the Bible, and Cain's Wife

The Best of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 28:01


On today's Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/26/22), Hank answers the following questions:I was addicted to pornography, but I have repented of that sin. As I battle brain cancer, how can I be assured that Hebrews 10:26 doesn't apply to me?I am having a hard time understanding the Bible; can you help me?Can cultists such as Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Mormons be truly saved?Where did Cain get his wife? A co-worker of mine thinks that there was another generation of people that were created.Can you address Christians being possessed by demons? I had a friend who claimed to love Jesus but had four demons cast out of her.

Vertical Church / Iglesia Vertical
Understanding the Bible // THE BIBLE // Virgil Sierra

Vertical Church / Iglesia Vertical

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 54:50


Understanding the Bible // THE BIBLE // Virgil Sierra

DINING WITH JESUS PRODUCTIONS
WHY IS UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE IMPORTANT?

DINING WITH JESUS PRODUCTIONS

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 2:57


This episode is also available as a blog post: http://diningwithjesus.net/2022/08/20/why-is-understanding-the-bible-important-5/

Knox Church Sermons
Understanding the Bible – Part 6

Knox Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022


This is Understanding the Bible, Part 6.  Parts 1-5 are available on our website and our podcast and you can catch up anytime.  This week we turn to the New Testament. The story I've chosen as our focus for today is The Parable of the Prodigal Son.  It's one of the greatest stories ever told, and certainly one […]

Burnt Hickory | Sermons
Moving Forward | Reading and Understanding the Bible

Burnt Hickory | Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 43:22


This week in our sermon series Moving Forward, we're looking at what it takes to read and understand the bible correctly. As a Christian, we read the bible, but we also must learn to love and study the bible too. We always need to answer the question of what does a passage say to its original audience and then ask what is the difference between the original audience and me. As we study, we learn to see the theological principles in the text and how the text fits in with the rest of the bible. As we learn to study the bible, the way to move forward is to apply the principles by living them out in our lives. As we live them out, we have the opportunity to share the bible through our walk too. If you've ever wondered how to study the bible, this sermon is a great tool to get you started. Are you consistently reading and studying the bible? What do you need to do to move forward in applying scripture to your life? As always, we'd love to answer any questions you might have and take time to pray with you. Reach out and take the next step today – BurntHickory.com/next

Knox Church Sermons
Understanding the Bible – Part 5

Knox Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 22:24


This is Part 5 of our Understanding the Bible series.  You can catch up on Parts 1-4 by visiting our website or signing up for our podcast.  In the first four lessons, we've followed a theme that is woven throughout the Bible:  God creates a covenant with humankind, the covenant is broken when the people stray from God's […]

Christian Formation
149 - Can Ancient Stories Help My Relationship with God?

Christian Formation

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 33:55


All people are impacted and captivated by stories. However, we can venture to say that not many people are hankering to read ancient stories from people groups all over the world.However, our Scriptures begin with a story and continue, with story after story.  In this episode, we ask ourselves, "How do these ancient religious stories from people in the Middle East impact my Christian life today?" and "Why did God reveal himself in narrative-form?" This episode looks to answer these questions, be equipped to read biblical narrative stories with greater depth, and help us see the beauty of God in the Old Testament stories.

The Crossway Podcast
15 Questions about Reading and Understanding the Bible (Greg Gilbert)

The Crossway Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 34:27


In today's episode, Greg Gilbert answers common questions about reading the Bible such as: How do I get started with a consistent habit of Bible reading? When should I read it? How long? And what if I don't understand something? Greg is the author of the The Epic Story of the Bible: How to Read and Understand God's Word. Read the full transcript. If you enjoyed this episode be sure to leave us a review, which helps us spread the word about the show! Complete this survey for a free audiobook by Kevin DeYoung! Click here to subscribe to a new podcast by Nancy Guthrie exploring the themes of Revelation!

Knox Church Sermons
Understanding the Bible in a Pluralistic World

Knox Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 24:25


When I was in High School, my choir teacher was very fond of a specific joke that he loved to tell to all the new incoming students. With apologies to my paraphrasing of his comedic talents, it went something like this. “There once was a man who died and ascended to the pearly gates of […]

Adventure Church
The Holy Bible | Understanding the Bible

Adventure Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2022 36:27


Knox Church Sermons
Understanding the Bible – Part 4

Knox Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2022 24:32


This is the fourth sermon in the Understanding the Bible series.  Throughout, I've tried to be honest about the limitations of this rapid journey through the Bible.  Today, I will probably do the greatest injustice to Scripture as we cover about 1300 years of history and several hundred pages in the average Bible…in about 15 minutes.  In most […]

Knox Church Sermons
Understanding the Bible – Part 3

Knox Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2022 21:27


This is Part 3 of our Understanding the Bible series.  In Part 1, I introduced an idea of understanding the Bible through a foundational story:  the Creation of a Covenant between God and the world, the breaking of that Covenant, and the repair and restoration of that Covenant—a story we see spring up again and again.  […]

DINING WITH JESUS PRODUCTIONS
WHY IS UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE IMPORTANT?

DINING WITH JESUS PRODUCTIONS

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 2:53


This episode is also available as a blog post: http://diningwithjesus.net/2022/07/08/why-is-understanding-the-bible-important-4/

Knox Church Sermons
Understanding the Bible – Part 2

Knox Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 22:28


Today, admittedly quickly and simply, I will tell the story of the Exodus.  Parts of it will be familiar to some of you:  you'll hear about crossing the Red Sea, wandering in the wilderness, manna from heaven and water from a rock, commandments given by God on Mount Sinai and a golden calf made down in the […]

Great Bible Truths with Dr David Petts
190 Understanding the Bible correctly - Part 2

Great Bible Truths with Dr David Petts

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 19:48


How God speaks to us    Talk 6 Understanding the Bible correctly (Part 2) In the last talk we saw that to understand the Bible correctly we must be aware of what part of the Bible we are reading and of the context of the passage we are looking at. We considered the literary context and the cultural/historical context. It's now time to talk about the immediate context.   The immediate context By the immediate context I mean the verses and chapters around the verse or passage you're looking at. The key to the meaning of a verse will usually be found in the verses that precede it and those that follow it. Take, for example, the last two sentences I have written.  In the first sentence I used the word around. Now around can have a variety of meanings depending on the context in which it's being used. If you don't believe me, take a look in a dictionary! One I just consulted listed at least eight different meanings[1]. But I wasn't using the word to mean all these things. The key to how I was using it is found in the second sentence. I used around to mean the verses that precede and those that follow the verse or passage we're studying.   So be careful! Don't read into a word every possible meaning it can have. Sadly, far too often have I heard preachers fall into this error. The Greek, they tell us, can mean this, or this, or that. That may well be true, but it almost certainly can't be meaning all those things in one particular verse. Let me illustrate this further with the use of two examples, one from modern English and one from NT Greek.   First, let's think about the English word court. As a noun it can refer to a law court (the building or the people assembled within it), or a tennis court, or a courtyard. As a verb it can be used in expressions like to court someone's favour, or to mean to be dating someone. Now let's imagine that some zealous Bible student decides to check out the origin of this word and he discovers that court (English) comes from the French word cour which basically means an enclosed space. This comes from the Latin word hortus and the Greek word chortos, both of which mean garden. And if he studies further our student will discover that all the various meanings of our English word court are historically connected with the original concept of an enclosed space. But, as interesting as all this might be – and as a linguist I have always been fascinated by the meaning and origin of words – it is of little value in helping us to understand the meaning of the word court in a particular English sentence. The context will usually make it abundantly plain.   The same applies to the origin of the Greek word sōzō  which basically means to make safe. Long before the New Testament documents came to be written, sōzō was being used in a wide variety of ways, rather like the way we use the English word save today. We can talk about saving money, or saving time, or saving a goal in football, or saving someone from drowning, or being saved from our sins.   In the Greek language spoken at the time of the New Testament, sōzō was used in all of these ways – with the obvious exception of football! Its basic meaning is make safe or deliver from a direct threat or bring safe and sound out of a difficult situation. So it is not surprising to discover that New Testament writers use sōzō in a variety of different contexts, rather like we use save in many different ways today. They apply it mainly in three quite distinct and different contexts, salvation from sin, deliverance from disease, and rescue from danger. So it can mean save or heal or rescue. But it won't mean all of these things at the same time! When Peter is walking on water and begins to sink, he cries, Lord, save me! He doesn't mean heal me and he doesn't mean save me from my sins. He means rescue me. The immediate context makes it plain. One way to avoid this pitfall is to read the passage in two or three different translations comparing them with each other. Although I have numerous hard copies of different Bible translations, I rarely use them today as it's so easy now to access them online[2].   And although I have been studying Greek for over seventy years – and have taught it to several generations of Bible College students – and have found it of great value in my study of the New Testament, I would strongly recommend that, for most Christians, the use of the many various English translations that are available to us is more than enough to help us understand what God is saying to us through his word. So I suggest that you read a passage two or three times using a different translation or version each time. As you do so, begin to ask yourself questions. The questions will vary depending on the passage you're reading, but the following should be a helpful guide.   Who said it? To whom? These are obviously very important questions to ask. For example, the Bible records not only the words of God, but also the words of men. It also on rare occasions records the words of Satan. We have examples of all three in the book of Job. Of course, it's clear when it's Satan who's speaking because the Bible tells us so and we aren't in any danger in confusing what Satan says with the voice of God. But it's not always so straightforward when it comes to what men are saying. Much of the book is a record of the very bad advice Job's so-called comforters were giving him, so to ask the question Who said it? is clearly very important. We mustn't receive the advice of Job's friends as if it were God speaking to us.   And it's equally important to ask who the verse or passage is being written or spoken to. As we've already said, what God said to Israel in the Old Testament is not necessarily what he's saying to us as Christians today. Indeed, the New Testament teaches very clearly that it is not.  I will say more about this when we talk about God's promises in the next talk, but to illustrate the point, God's promise to Abraham that he would become the father of a great nation was clearly specific to Abraham and is not directly applicable to us today. So as we read the Bible it's always important to ask who said it or wrote it and to whom it is being said.   Why? In what circumstances? Another question that it might be helpful to ask is why and in what circumstances the writer has said what we're reading.  Sometimes it's perfectly obvious, but if we're not sure, a look at the immediate context will help us. For example, what did Peter mean when he said, By his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24)?   Some Christians believe that this means that because Jesus died for us we can claim healing from all our sicknesses, but a look at the context in which Peter said it suggests that this is not what he meant. The next verse makes it clear that Peter is referring to healing from the wounds of sin. And if you read the preceding verses you will see that Peter is talking to slaves who were often unjustly punished, and Peter is encouraging them to follow the example of Jesus who, though he was completely innocent, bore our sins in his body on the tree so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness.   So by considering the context and the circumstances in which Peter is writing we see that there is no mention of the healing of our sicknesses, either in the immediate context or anywhere else in the rest of the letter for that matter[3]. In fact the overall purpose of the letter is to encourage Christians who are being persecuted to endure suffering rather than to escape from it. But that brings us to the next question that it's useful to ask.   What is the main theme of the passage? Now, assuming that you've done as I've suggested and read through the passage two or three times, preferably using different versions of the Bible, you should be getting a fairly clear idea of the writer's main theme or purpose. One thing that will help you to do this might be to ask if there are any key words that are repeated in the passage. In the section of 1 Peter we've been looking at you will notice the repetition of words like suffer and submit. As we've just seen, the main purpose of 1 Peter is to encourage Christians who are suffering persecution. And if we look at the immediate context of 1 Peter 2:24 we see that it's set in a section where Peter is teaching his readers the importance of submitting to authority even if it involved suffering.   Verses 13-17 encourage Christians in general to submit to every authority (v13). Verses 18-25 encourage slaves to submit to their masters, and the first six verses of chapter 3 encourage wives to be submissive to their husbands. The purpose of this submission is that by following the example of Christ (v.21) those who are not yet Christians might be won over (3:1) to Christ and themselves live lives that will glorify God (2:12). So our understanding of this section of 1 Peter and our interpretation of individual verses within it should be influenced by our knowledge that the main theme of the passage is submission to authority.   Metaphorical or literal? Another important key to understanding what God is saying to us through the Bible is being aware of the frequent use of metaphor. It's important not to take something literally when the writer is speaking metaphorically. For example, sin is often referred to in terms of sickness. In Isaiah 1, where God is complaining about the sins of Israel he says: Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness – only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil (Isaiah 1:4-6). The language used here is clearly metaphorical. In saying that the whole nation is sick, God is not saying that everybody is physically ill. Because of its rebellion and sin it is spiritually sick. Jesus himself uses the same metaphor for sin. When criticised for eating with sinners, he says: It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners (Mark 2:17). And, as we have already seen, when we read in 1 Peter 2:24 that by his wounds you have been healed the context strongly indicates that Peter is using the quote from Isaiah metaphorically.   So, to summarise what we've been saying in the last two talks, if we want to understand correctly what God is saying to us in the Bible, there are several questions that it will be helpful to ask: What part of the Bible are we reading? Old or New Testament? What is the literary context of the passage we are reading? What is the historical and cultural context? What is the immediate context? And in this connection we should ask: Who said it and to whom? Why and in what circumstances? What's the main theme? Are there any key words? Metaphorical or literal? And finally, and perhaps most important of all, when we've discovered what God is saying in the passage we've been reading, we should ask ourselves: How does this apply to me?   Next time well start to look at different ways God speaks to us through the Bible.       [1] About, round, by, near, next to, alive, existent, living.   [2] I find YouVersion very helpful with this   [3] For more detailed discussion on this passage, see Just a Taste of Heaven, Chapter 12

Knox Church Sermons
Understanding the Bible – Part 1

Knox Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 20:22


Today we begin a journey of Understanding the Bible.  In seven lessons or about 100 minutes, I'll be teaching through the Bible from start to finish.  We'll look for common ideas that can give you some orientation as you navigate this ancient, massive, sacred text.  There are many ways to teach the Bible.  The way I will offer is […]

Great Bible Truths with Dr David Petts
189 Understanding the Bible correctly - Part 1

Great Bible Truths with Dr David Petts

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 21:19


How God speaks to us   Talk 5   Understanding the Bible correctly (Part 1) In the last talk we considered why we should believe that God speaks to us through the Bible. In the next few talks will be looking at how he does so. But first it will be important to consider how to understand the Bible correctly. We have already seen that as far as Jesus was concerned, when the Bible spoke, God spoke[1]. We also said that the writings of the Scriptures are as much the voice of God as the experience Peter had when he heard God's voice in audible form on the Mount of Transfiguration[2]. All that's true, but it clearly needs further explanation. We know from the account of when Jesus was tempted in the desert that the devil can quote Scripture[3]. The Scripture he quoted from Psalm 91 is certainly the word of God, but Satan was misapplying it, and Jesus knew it! From this we learn the importance of correctly understanding what the Bible is saying, and in this talk I'll be outlining some of the things we need to bear in mind when asking what God might be saying to us through a particular verse or passage. Before we jump to a conclusion as to what it means, there are two basic questions we need to ask: What part of the Bible are we reading? What is the context of the passage we are reading? What part of the Bible are we reading? The first thing we need to be aware of is whether the passage we're reading is from the Old Testament or the New. Whenever we read the OT it is important to remember that it is not God's final revelation to the human race. As the writer to the Hebrews pointed out: In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe (Hebrews 1:1-2).   We need to understand that Jesus himself is the fulfilment of all OT law and prophecy: Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them (Matthew 5:17).   The OT is a revelation of the old covenant that God made with his people, but the OT itself promised that the day would come when God would make a new and better covenant with them. This is made very clear in the letter to the Hebrews. As Christians, we are not living under the old covenant that God made with the Jewish people, but under the new covenant which is sealed with the blood of Jesus. John 19:30 tells us that when Jesus died on the cross he declared, IT IS FINISHED. The word 'finished' here means 'accomplished' or 'completed'. Jesus had completed the work his Father had given him to do. His death on the cross provided atonement for our sins and was the fulfilment of all OT law. This is why we should always read the OT in the light of the NT. A good example of how to apply this practice is the OT food laws.   The Old Testament food laws as an example We'll use Leviticus 11:1-8 as a passage that represents the sort of things the Israelites were allowed to eat and not to eat. Camels, hyraxes, rabbits and pigs were forbidden, but an animal that both chews the cud and has a divided hoof was permitted.   We don't need to concern ourselves with why the Lord gave Moses these instructions. What is significant is that the instructions were given to the Israelites. But how do we know that they don't apply to us as well? To answer this we need to consider various passages in the New Testament.   First, notice what Jesus said in Mark 7:14-23. He makes it clear that nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them because it doesn't go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body. Mark then clarifies this by saying: In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean. This certainly seems to mean that for us as Christians there's no such thing as unclean food. But how does this stand up in the light of Acts 15:22-29? In this passage we have a record of a decision made by the early church in order to resolve a particular problem they were facing at the time. Some of the Jewish believers, because of their Old Testament background, had been teaching that Gentiles who became Christians should be circumcised in line with OT teaching. This was clearly causing great difficulty for the Gentille converts and a meeting of the apostles and elders was called to resolve the problem. The decision they came to, with the help of the Holy Spirit, was that the Gentile converts did not need to be circumcised - something which Paul makes very clear in his letter to the Galatians - but that there were certain things that the Gentiles should abstain from. So they sent them a letter saying:   It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.                           But does this mean that those prohibitions apply to Christians today? In my opinion, with the exception of the last item in the list, which is of course forbidden in the rest of the NT, the answer is no. I say this for three reasons:   Acts 15 is a record of a decision made by the church at a specific time to resolve a problem that was current at that point in history. It is not necessary to understand it as being applicable to Christians today who are living in quite different circumstances. The decision was almost certainly made so that the Jewish Christians would not be unnecessarily offended. This interpretation is certainly in line with Paul's teaching in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 10[4]. It is very clear from Paul's epistles that Christians are not subject to legalistic regulations, but that out of love for our fellow believers we should modify our behaviour so as not to cause anyone to stumble.   In short, Paul clearly teaches that it doesn't matter what we eat or drink as long as we can do it with a clear conscience and will not distress someone else by doing so. The underlying consideration is LOVE.  The whole law is summarised in this: For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.' (Galatians 5:14). Jesus replied: ‘ “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments'” (Matthew 22:37-40).   In this example with regard to the OT food laws, which we've used to illustrate how the Old Testament must be interpreted in the light of the New, we've been careful not to read a passage in isolation, but to compare scripture with scripture. We have also touched on another important principle with regard to how to interpret the Bible correctly – the context of the book or passage we are reading. What is the context of the passage we are reading? The question of context is undoubtedly the most important issue with regard to understanding correctly what God is saying. We've already dealt with the most basic aspect – Which part of the Bible are you looking at? OT or NT?  But there are three other areas in which context is vitally important: The literary context The cultural/historical context The immediate context The literary context The Bible is not really a book. It's a collection of books. In the Greek New Testament the word for bible is plural and it means the books. These books were written over a period of some 1500 years by a wide range of people in many different places. If we want to understand a book correctly we need to consider its genre – what kind of literature it is. Here's a brief summary of the different kinds of literature we find in the Bible: Types of OT literature Narrative (found mainly from Genesis to Esther) The Law (found in the Pentateuch, the first five books) The Psalms Wisdom (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs) The Prophets Types of NT Literature Narrative (The Gospels, Acts) Parables (found mainly in the Gospels) Letters Apocalyptic (Revelation). The reason it's helpful to know what type of literature we are reading is that although all Scripture is inspired by God[5], the way he may speak to us through it may vary according to the kind of literature it is. For example, in the narrative passages we may learn from the example of what happened to God's people in the past[6], but in the NT letters we're given direct instructions as to what to do. We learn from all these different kinds of literature, but we learn in different ways. To use the illustration of the OT food laws again, you will have noticed that I based my conclusions on what Paul said in his letters rather than on the narrative of what the early church decided in the book of Acts. I was taking the genre, the literary context, into consideration. The cultural/historical context Although the books of the Bible were inspired by the Holy Spirit, God used human authors to write them. The epistles, for example, are conditioned by the language and culture of the first century. They speak to specific situations in the first century church. Their authors lived at a certain point in history and in a society where the culture was often very different from ours today. This is reflected in their writings and if we understand their culture we will understand more clearly what God might be saying through them. And although some passages may not seem directly relevant to us today, we should be able to see the principles being taught in them and apply them to situations that arise in our own lives and the life of the church today.   One example of this might be how we understand Paul's teaching on eating food that has been offered to idols. The Christians in Corinth were confronted with this problem on a daily basis, and there are parts of the world where Paul's teaching is still highly relevant today. However, if you're like me, this may not be an issue that has ever arisen for you personally. But does this mean that those of us who have never been in those circumstances can learn nothing from what Paul says on the subject in 1 Corinthians 8?   By no means! The principles Paul teaches will always be relevant wherever we live and whatever the culture may be. However much we may think we know, our first duty is to love other people (vv. 1-3). We must be careful that our freedom in Christ does not become a stumbling-block to those who are weak (v.9). It's better not to exercise our freedom if it's going to cause a brother or sister to fall into sin (v.13). So even if we're not in a situation where we're likely to be invited to eat meat that's been sacrificed to an idol, it's not difficult to think of ways in which we can apply the principles Paul teaches in this chapter. For example, although the New Testament nowhere teaches total abstinence from alcohol, many Christians feel that they should abstain rather than setting an example that might lead others into addiction.   So, to summarise what we've said so far in this talk, when we're reading a particular passage or verse and we want to understand what God is saying to us through it, we need to be aware of what part of the Bible we are reading – Old or New Testament. We should also bear in mind the literary context and the historical and cultural context in which it was written. If you're not sure about this, there are many different sources that will help you. The Bible you are reading may already have the information available. The NIV Life Application Bible, for example, at the beginning of each individual book of the Bible, gives you a useful summary of what the book is about, and provides a basic outline of the context it in which it was written. With all that in mind, you're now in a position to consider the immediate context. And that's something we'll be looking at next time. [1] See page [2] Page [3] Matthew 4:6 [4] Romans 14:1-21, 1 Corinthians 10:23-33, cf. 1 Timothy 4:45. [5] 2 Timothy 3:16 [6] E.g. 1 Corinthians 10:6

Crossway Church
Understanding the Bible - Part 2

Crossway Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022


GO Church Sermons
Ask Away: Understanding The Bible - Audio

GO Church Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 51:15


How can we actually know and understand what God's Word is telling us? In the final part of Ask Away, Pastor JC talks about how to approach, read, and understand the Bible in a practical way. _____________ GIVE ONLINE: https://mygochurch.com/give TAKE YOUR NEXT STEP: https://www.mygochurch.com/next-steps/

South Metro Ministries Sermons
Ask Away: Understanding The Bible - Audio

South Metro Ministries Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 51:15


How can we actually know and understand what God's Word is telling us? In the final part of Ask Away, Pastor JC talks about how to approach, read, and understand the Bible in a practical way. _____________ GIVE ONLINE: https://mygochurch.com/give TAKE YOUR NEXT STEP: https://www.mygochurch.com/next-steps/

Grace Assembly of God with Wayne Murray
Rooted | Understanding the Bible | Wayne Murray

Grace Assembly of God with Wayne Murray

Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2022 35:56


God's Word is so much more than words on a page, or a collection of letters. It is God's voice and God's will. Join us as we journey through God's Word to see why engaging with it can change our lives forever. Next Steps - JOIN THE COMMUNITY - YouTube - Instagram - Facebook - Online Campus - Website

Grounded in Truth with Janet Denison
Why does understanding the Bible matter? Psalm 119:1–8

Grounded in Truth with Janet Denison

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 12:25


Great Bible Truths with Dr David Petts
182 Daily Bible Reading Talk 9 - Understanding the Bible in the light of Pentecost

Great Bible Truths with Dr David Petts

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 15:27


The Chaplain's Chair
Understanding the Bible: Some Simple Tools

The Chaplain's Chair

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 29:39


The Bible is God's revelation to man--to ALL men. It was intended to be understood. Think of the Bible as God's conversation with YOU. This podcast presents some basic approaches to understanding the Word of God as it was intended--as God's love letter to humanity. God, through His Holy Spirit, reveals, inspires, and illuminates His message to all of us. It's not just for the "scholars," it's meant for YOU.

Catholic Ignatian Marian Spirituality with Fr. Ed Broom, OMV

Father Ed Broom, OMV, serves as Associate Pastor at St. Peter Chanel Church in Hawaiian Gardens, California. He is a member of the Religious Order, Oblates of the Virgin Mary, and was ordained by Saint John Paul II in St Peter's Basilica on May 25, 1986. Fr. Ed is a Retreat Master and teaches Catholic […] The post UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE appeared first on Fr. Ed Broom, OMV.

Jarrod Knepp
The Serpent's Deception [The Beginning Part 2 of 2]

Jarrod Knepp

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 54:23


The Serpent's Deception [The Beginning Part 2 of 2] | Understanding The Bible ep 51 Today you will hear Jarrod teach on Genesis chapter 3. In this chapter we see the beginning of several things. Jarrod will be showing how the Serpent is Satan and how Satan/Serpent deceived Adam and Eve into eating the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Jarrod will also be sharing different beliefs and views about this chapter. Jarrod will also be showing Genesis chapter 3 through the eyes of Mormonism and Theistic Satanism. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jarrodknepp/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jarrodknepp/support

Uplift Past Crossroads
Understanding The Bible | Questions From Social Media

Uplift Past Crossroads

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2022 48:10


Watch the video of this podcast instead on my YouTube channel?? (link below): https://youtu.be/7rJDc2ccenc Subscribe to my YouTube channel (link below)(i.e. "Uplift Past Crossroads") https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuv53Xdk-97UcS_gSvsS76A Subscribe | Turn On Post Notification | Like | Comment | Share PayPal = https://www.paypal.me/upliftpastcrossroads Cash App = cash.app/$troubledontlast Venmo = @troubledontlast FOLLOW MY SOCIALS: 1. YouTube channel/podcast: Uplift Past Crossroads 2. Facebook, LinkedIn: Sean Christopher Jenkins 3. Instagram, Twitter, Snap, TikTok: troubledontlast 4. Tumblr: troubledontlast1 View this playlist to listen to all of the bible studies, sermons, lessons, animations, etc. I have done on "How Do I Study The Bible": https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5p69431nzUA4q1VoEi89ajT1LeEXTm9t View this playlist to listen to all of the bible studies, sermons, lessons, animations, etc. I have done answering people's questions, "Questions From Social Media": https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5p69431nzUBjb9YN5GfrmS2l9KnilHrk View this playlist to listen to all of the bible studies, sermons, lessons, animations, etc. I have done on the book of "Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?" in the Bible: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5p69431nzUCrZbLTftFC7qq8nSwHUPGJ To watch more videos I (Sean Christopher Jenkins)(AKA Dr. J) have done with Justin Lee Howell (AKA Einstein), check out this playlist titled, "Justin Lee Howell": https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5p69431nzUDfpJF9fABqzQxj1BEmT2jI --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/upliftpastcrossroads/message

Love Your People Well™ - Christian Marriage, Motherhood, and Family Life
A busy mom's guide to understanding the Bible, applying it to real life, and shaping your family's spiritual growth

Love Your People Well™ - Christian Marriage, Motherhood, and Family Life

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2022 36:23


Episode 72 // If you want spiritual growth or family discipleship, you need to know God's Word and know how to apply it to your life. Yes, life is busy. I know you're tired. And I know that you're trying so hard!   I also know that the Bible is your best source of wisdom, hope, patience, and encouragement. And if you are a busy Christian mom who wants to lead her family in following Jesus, you can't do it without diving into the Bible.    So in today's episode, we're getting practical. When life is so busy, how can we grab time in God's Word? When the Bible is confusing, how can we understand what it says? What needs to happen to actually apply God's wisdom to our everyday family life?   It's important stuff, my friend! Let's dive in.   Get the FULL show notes with episode highlights and recommended resources at www.LoveYourPeopleWell.com/072      Resources mentioned in this episode: Grab my FREE Holy Habits 45-Day Bible & Prayer Challenge at www.loveyourpeoplewell.com/holy-habits  Check out the full line of devotionals, with great topics to help family life, at www.loveyourpeoplewell.com/devotionals    Love the show? I'd love your support with Buy Me a Coffee! www.buymeacoffee.com/loveyourpeople    Join our community! You are invited to join our online Facebook Group where we engage, encourage, and equip one another in faith-centered family life. www.facebook.com/groups/loveyourpeoplewell     Check out Love Your People Well's best resources! Grab all the freebies at www.LoveYourPeopleWell.com/free Check out our series of devotionals at www.LoveYourPeopleWell.com/devotionals  Get marriage resources at www.LoveYourPeopleWell.com/marriage A dedicated page for family life & motherhood is coming soon, but for now, all the resources are at www.LoveYourPeopleWell.com/resources    Disclaimers: I am a licensed therapist, but this podcast is not therapy. If you're thinking about counseling, get some helpful information at www.LoveYourPeopleWell.com/counseling. 

Awakening Life Church
God Breathed Week 4 - Understanding the Bible

Awakening Life Church

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2022 33:40


Prayer Chair Conversations
Romans 8 - Part 2 with Special Guest Jeanny Alexander

Prayer Chair Conversations

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 42:07


In the second episode on Romans 8, Rachel and Hilary with special guest Jeanny Alexandre walk through the second half of Romans 8. In this authentic conversation, Rachel, Hilary, and Jeanny cover a range of topics including salvation, judgment vs. accountability, and predestination.  Here is to another day of bringing God into culturally relevant conversations, and making sure the gospel is never boring. 

Better Together with Barb Roose
Understanding the Bible in a Whole New Way | Interview with Kristie Anyabwile

Better Together with Barb Roose

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 40:29


It can be easy to just read the Bible as one big storybook without realizing it is filled with diversity and genres that can help us understand it in a much deeper way.  Join Barb and author Kristie Anyabwile for an insightful conversation as she shares about her book, Literarily: How Understanding Bible Genres Transforms Bible Study, and shows us how we can all understand God's Word better!   RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE https://kristieanyabwile.com/ Literarily: How Understanding Bible Genres Transforms Bible Study Connect with Kristie on Instagram!   ABOUT OUR SPECIAL GUEST Kristie is the author of Literarily: How Understanding Bible Genres Transforms Bible Study (Spring 2022), and editor of His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God. She is a Bible teacher at Anacostia River Church, and an instructor for several ministries that equip women to study and teach the Bible, such as The Charles Simeon Trust and Bible Equipping. Kristie is also a founding member of The Pelican Project, a women's theology organization. Her work can be found at The Front Porch, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Christianity Today, and Revive Our Hearts. She is a pastor's wife and has been married 30 years. She and Thabiti have 3 children and live in Washington, DC.

Discover Your Roots
How understanding the Bible's world will help you understand the Bible

Discover Your Roots

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 27:41


The bible was written by dozens of authors over thousands of years, so some parts of the biblical narrative are “pixelated”—dispersed throughout Scripture in ways that can sometimes be hard to find. We're using Hebraic thought to help us make sense of pixelated themes in the Bible, learn why they were written that way, and bring to light the overall message those pixels create. References & additional resources: https://passagesisrael.org/story/how-understanding-the-bibles-world-will-help-you-understand-the-bible/ Visit: https://passagesisrael.org/⁣ ⁣ Follow: https://www.instagram.com/passagesisrael⁣ ⁣ Like: https://www.facebook.com/passagesisrael

Discover Your Roots
Your Guide to (finally!) Understanding the Bible

Discover Your Roots

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 28:32


As the world grows increasingly hostile to the message of Jesus, it's more important than ever for Christians to know the Bible with precision and love. We need to know the Bible, but we also need to think the way that the Bible thinks. To love what God loves. To believe what God believes. To live for what God lives for.⁣ ⁣ References & additional resources: https://passagesisrael.org/story/your-guide-to-finally-understanding-the-bible/⁣ ⁣ Visit: https://passagesisrael.org/⁣ ⁣ Follow: https://www.instagram.com/passagesisrael⁣ ⁣ Like: https://www.facebook.com/passagesisrael

Well Versed World Podcast
Dr. Jim Garlow – The Blood Covenant: The Key to Understanding the Bible – Live at Awaken Church

Well Versed World Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 43:15


Dr. Jim Garlow spoke to the congregation at Awaken Church in San Marcos, CA on August 1, 2021. He discusses the Blood Covenant, an ancient middle-eastern concept that is key to understanding the Bible and hundreds of verses.     Their website: https://awakenchurch.com/      Follow us on social media:  facebook.com/wellversedworld twitter: @wellversedworld instagram: @wellversedworld www.wellversedworld.org

TheOccultRejects
Understanding The Bible W/ The Texorcist

TheOccultRejects

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 88:21


Texorcisthttps://www.youtube.com/c/TheTexorcistPodcastLIVEhttps://texorcist-podcast.com/https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-texorcist-podcast-w-shane-moore/id1462752566Links For The Occult Rejects, Lux Rising, NY Patriot Show and Our Element Serverhttps://linktr.ee/theoccultrejects

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre
321 - Understanding the Bible: Part Twelve - Interpretation

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 64:04


Understanding the Bible: Part Twelve. Interpretation. This is the end… for now. Today, we wrap up the series on understanding the Bible with a conversation about interpretation. So much of every aspect we've already covered ties into today's conversation: Inerrancy. Genre. Context. Accommodation. How do we build the foundation necessary to begin a fresh pursuit of understanding? What role do we play own this divine conversation? Where do we begin with re-discipling? As always, the complexity of the text is on display and it's asking us to wrestle with it, to marinate in its mystery and wonder at God's intentional back and forth with all of us. It's beautiful in all of its chaos and intricacy. You can find Richard Hays book HERE As always, we encourage and would love discussion as we pursue. Always feel free to email in questions to hello@voxpodcast.com, and to engage the conversation on Facebook and Instagram. Learn more about the Voxology Podcast Subscribe on iTunes or Spotify Support the VOX Podcast on Patreon The Voxology Spotify channel can be found here: Voxology Radio Follow us on Instagram: @voxologypodcast and "like" us on Facebook Follow Mike on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mikeerre Music in this episode by Timothy John Stafford

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre
318 - Understanding the Bible: Part Eleven - Inerrancy

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 60:24


Understanding the Bible: Part Eleven - Inerrancy. Today, we're jumping back into our series on the Bible to discuss everyone's favorite buzzword: Inerrancy. What does it mean for something to be 'inerrant?' Where did the term come from? How do we qualify something to be inerrant? What are we to do with this in our pursuit of understanding the text? How does genre, context, interpretation etc. play into the inerrancy? How does the human / divine dance play into this conversation? There is a lot to unpack in here... As always, we encourage and would love discussion as we pursue. Feel free to email in questions to hello@voxpodcast.com, and to engage the conversation on Facebook and Instagram. The Voxology Spotify channel can be found here: Voxology Radio Learn more about the Voxology Podcast Subscribe on iTunes or Spotify Support the VOX Podcast on Patreon Follow us on Instagram: @voxologypodcast and "like" us on Facebook Follow Mike on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mikeerre Music in this episode by Timothy John Stafford Instagram & Twitter: @GoneTimothy

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre
314 - Understanding the Bible: Part Ten - Genre

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 65:00


Understanding the Bible: Part Ten. Genre. Today, we discuss genre and how it should inform our approach to the text. How is the Bible like a Barnes & Noble? And, therefore, how do we enter into it? How does cultural and time/era specific language direct our understanding? Mike walks us through the book of Revelation as an example of genre taken out of context. The complexity of the text is on display and it's asking us to wrestle with it, to marinate in its mystery and wonder at God's intentional back and forth with all of us. It's beautiful in all of its chaos and intricacy. As always, we encourage and would love discussion as we pursue. Always feel free to email in questions to hello@voxpodcast.com, and to engage the conversation on here and Instagram. The Voxology Spotify channel can be found here: Voxology Radio Learn more about the Voxology Podcast Subscribe on iTunes or Spotify Support the VOX Podcast on Patreon Follow us on Instagram: @voxologypodcast and "like" us on Facebook Follow Mike on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mikeerre Music in this episode by Timothy John Stafford Instagram & Twitter: @GoneTimothy

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre
313 - Understanding the Bible: Part Nine - Context Continued

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 75:13


Understanding the Bible: Part Nine. Context continued. Today, we continue the conversation on the context of the Bible and how to chart the varying understandings, or the work one must put in, to begin to approach the Bible. We spend time digging through all the layers that must be addressed, so that we can see clearly what the Bible is saying and to whom. Where do we, in 2021, fit into this narrative? The complexity of the text is on display and it's asking us to wrestle with it, to marinate in mystery and wonder at God's intentional back and forth with all of us. It's beautiful in all of its chaos and intricacy. Reading Romans Backwards, by Scot McKnight can be found HERE As always, we encourage and would love discussion as we pursue. Always feel free to email in questions to hello@voxpodcast.com, and to engage the conversation on here and Instagram. Learn more about the VOXOLOGY Podcast Subscribe on iTunes and Spotify Support the VOX Podcast on Patreon Follow us on Instagram @voxologypodcast and Facebook Follow Mike on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mikeerre Music in this episode by Timothy John Stafford Instagram & Twitter: @GoneTimothy

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre
312 - Understanding the Bible: Part Eight - Context

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 81:38


Understanding the Bible: Part Eight - Context. This episode, we start the conversation on 'context.' How are we to approach this ancient text? What was the culture? How did the words written inform their world? How are we to relate to it in a responsible and intentional way? What is 'Hermeneutical Humility?' How can we take on that posture? How is it at odds with our American Evangelical upbringing? How can we combat the individualistic posture we were raised in? Further, how has that individualistic nature informed our theology and approach to God??? Who knew we'd have so much to cover in regards to the Bible... and we have so much more. Thanks for walking the long road with us. This is a chaotic time period that is placing huge loads on people's shoulders. From the crisis in Afghanistan and the mess in Texas to the consuming fires in California, the catastrophic weather in the South and the never ending pandemic, folks are struggling with immense depression and anxiety. If you feel this weight and the dark, isolating pressure it can bring with it, we want to encourage you to talk to someone. I (Tim) can often not even be aware I'm spiraling and I need to air out the mess before it consumes. Let's cultivate a community that holds each other up, that pulls our neighbor out of the muck and the mire and sits in grief and lament with one another :) As always, we encourage and would love discussion as we pursue. Always feel free to email in questions to hello@voxpodcast.com, and to engage the conversation on Facebook and Instagram. Learn more about the VOXOLOGY Podcast Subscribe on iTunes and Spotify Support the VOXOLOGY Podcast on Patreon Follow us on Instagram: @voxologypodcast and Facebook Follow Mike on Twitter: www.twitter.com/mikeerre Music in this episode by Timothy John Stafford Instagram & Twitter: @GoneTimothy

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre
311 - Understanding the Bible: Part Seven - Accommodation Continued

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 69:37


Understanding the Bible: Part Seven. Accommodation continued. Today, we continue the conversation on God's accommodation to humans. Mike offers the spectrum of “the ideal vs. the real.” What does that mean? How does God navigate the ideal He set up with the reality of the human stumble? How does the text accommodate to the view points of the time in which it's written? How does this effect and shape theology? How do we interact with that? How is the human mess worked in? What are we to do with all of this??? The complexity of the text is on display and it's asking us to wrestle with it, to marinate in its mystery and wonder at God's intentional back and forth with all of us. It's beautiful in all of it's chaos and intricacy. Afghanistan help: World Relief World Relief on Social Media to stay up to date: Instagram & Facebook World relief Locations As always, we encourage and would love discussion as we pursue. Always feel free to email in questions to hello@voxpodcast.com, and to engage the conversation on here and Instagram. Learn more about the VOXOLOGY Podcast Subscribe on iTunes and Spotify Support the VOXOLOGY Podcast on Patreon Follow us on Instagram: @voxologypodcast and Facebook Follow Mike on Twitter Music in this episode by Timothy John Stafford Instagram & Twitter: @GoneTimothy

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre
310 - Understanding the Bible: Part Six - Accommodation

VOX Podcast with Mike Erre

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 61:34


Understanding the Bible: Part Six. In this episode, we continue our conversation on the B-I-B-L-E. Today we dive deeper into accommodation and how the human / divine dance influences the text. How does God use culture, in every different era, to speak through the text? How are we, now, to associate and interact? Is everything literal? Is any of it? Does the Bible continually reveal or is it all there on first read??? What are we to do with all of this? As always, we encourage and would love discussion as we pursue. Always feel free to email in questions to hello@voxpodcast.com, and to engage the conversation on here and Instagram. Learn more about the VOXOLOGY Podcast Subscribe on iTunes or Spotify Support the VOX Podcast on Patreon Follow us on Instagram: @voxologypodcast and Facebook Follow Mike on Twitter Music in this episode by Timothy John Stafford Instagram & Twitter: @GoneTimothy