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group Bible study and quest of knowing God. -The Speakers and Helpmewithbiblestudy.org
Approaches and Preparation
Exegesis / Teaching
Why Study the Bible?
1. Sanctify One's Mind (see lesson
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by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; (2 Tim 3:16)
But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an
act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (2 Pet 1:20-21)
2. Requirements of a Priest (see lesson
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Believer, few are taught how to read and study the Bible. There are many books and Internet resources on this subject; to learn more,
look into the subject of biblical hermeneutics.
Understanding the Bible's Framework
1. The Abrahamic Covenant (see lesson
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record of man's relationship with God, God is the main subject of the Bible. This becomes apparent after one understands what God's
divine covenants are and the framework they establish for the biblical record of God's interaction with humanity. The Abrahamic Covenant is
introduced in Genesis and is completely fulfilled in Revelation.
2. The Mosaic Covenant (see lesson
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making His covenant with Abraham, God makes a covenant with the nation of Israel and establishes the Law
(Gal 3:16-17). Because the nation of Israel feared the voice of God, they asked Moses
to intercede; hence, the covenant became known as the Mosaic Covenant, and they committed to being obedient to God's commandments before
they were informed of its stipulations!
3. The Land Covenant (see lesson
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names: a) the Land Covenant for its promises regarding the inheritance of land, b) the Palestinian Covenant for the location
of where the covenant was made (the plains of Moab), and c) the Deuteronomy Covenant for the location of where the covenant is found
in the Bible. The Land Covenant is distinctly different from the Mosaic Covenant for two reasons: 1) it was made 40 years after the Mosaic
Covenant, and 2) it was made in Moab (instead of Horeb also known as Mt. Sinai; Deut 29:1).
4. The Davidic (King) Covenant (see lesson
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for his faith, God made a personal promise to David who He found to be "a man after My heart, who will do all My will"
(Acts 13:22). Both Abraham and David would be the only human beings who would share a
faith approaching that of Jesus Christ (John 6:38) as a man after God’s heart who will
do ALL of God’s will.
5. The New Covenant (see lesson
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unfaithfulness and covenant infidelity, the nation of Israel (now split into Northern and Southern Kingdoms) was reckoned to have
irretrievably broken the Mosaic Covenant; they were to be expelled from the Land. With Nebuchadnezzar's destruction of the Temple and
unable to make atonement, how will God's people ever possess their inheritance of the Promised Land?
The Holiness of God
1. Separated from the Profane (see lesson
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among all other gods. He is alive and through historical events, demonstrates that He truly exists,
which separates Him from all other gods. He pre-existed before time and is timeless, which separates Him from all of Creation.
2. Agapē (see lesson
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book that places a focus on love, a type of love that surpasses human comprehension. What god(s) of any religion would send their only
son to die for the sins of mankind? Only the Bible presents the means of salvation as a work of God
(John 6:29) and only achievable through the simple and genuine belief Jesus is a
real Being who died for our sins and engenders a trust in His words.
3. The Kingdom of God (see lesson
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found in the Old Testament, and the earliest example of the title king being used of God is in the 8th century B.C., "… For my eyes have
seen the King, the Lord of host" (Isa 6:5). This, in part, contributes to the mystery
of the kingdom of God…(Deut 29:29)
4. Judgment (see lesson
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meaning of "judgment" is with the sense "to rule or govern" with the authority "to punish, vindicate and obtain justice." Divine judgment
is the work of God, because it is the consequence of one's sin evaluated against God's holy nature and moral standard. It is absolute,
exact and just, and a reflection of the sovereignty of God's plan. And there is one striking aspect of God's judgment that makes Him so
The Lovingkindness of God
1. His Promises (see lesson
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compassionate and gracious character, God exhibits lovingkindness and truth, which God mentions often as a pair. The pairing is significant,
because it is repeated elsewhere (Gen 24:27; 2 Sam 2:6;
Ps 25:10; 26:3;
40:10-11; 57:3, 10;
138:2; Prov 16:6). Additionally God
uses the phrase "lovingkindness for thousands" elsewhere (Ex 20:6;
Deut 5:10) and a prophet repeats it as well (Jer 32:18).
2. Provision of His Son (see lesson
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prescribed a certain judicial process for the atonement of sin so that His wrath of judgment can be satisfied (expiation and propitiation).
While the Mosaic Covenant was broken by the infidelity of its human covenant keepers, God provides the New Covenant "for the sake of My
name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations" (Ezek 20:14), which,
revealed later, is through a mediator that God Himself provides.
3. Fulfillment of His Promises (see lesson
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divine covenants have been fulfilled (i.e. Gen 22:15-18;
Deut 18:15-19; John 5:45-47) and
can be evaluated historically for their truthfulness (i.e. Gen 15:13, see the articles
"Statue of an Asiatic Man from the Tell El-Dabca, Egypt (R. Schiestl)"
and "The Canal of Joseph"), what about
those that have not been fulfilled? Do eschatological prophecies contradict the promises of God's divine covenants?
1. Sin (see lesson
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through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned
(Rom 5:12). What is sin and how is this related to temptation?
2. Faith (see lesson
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significant biblical terms, it is recommended that you seek to understand the underlying Hebrew / Greek term to develop an understanding
that God intended. An example web tool that can help is BlueLetterBible.org
where you: 1) enter your book and chapter of interest, 2) click "tools" next to the verse of study, 3) click "Strong's" to see the Hebrew
/ Greek meaning and uses of the term in question.
3. Repentance and Forgiveness (see lesson
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it about repentance and forgiveness that causes one to question one's credibility? Have you ever noticed that, in God's word,
repentance is emphasized with non-Believers in view and forgiveness is emphasized with Believers in view???
4. Full of the Spirit (see lesson
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becoming more Christ like is the essence of sanctification (2 Cor 3:17-18), and the
Holy Spirit plays an essential role. As the author of God's word (2 Tim 3:16-17;
2 Pet 1:20-21), the Holy Spirit provides the means of sanctification through the study
of the Bible (Matt 4:4; John 8:31-32;
15:3-5; 17:14-17), and through the
community of Believers (1 Cor 12:12-13; Eph 4:4-7, 11-16).
5. Service (see lesson
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of sanctifying oneself is simply a code of ethics, Christian ethics would not be any different from any other religious or philosophical
ethics. Because God demands that we be holy because He is holy, Christian ethics places a demand for holiness. An ethic is not good
simply for its goodness; it is good, because it makes one holy. To sanctify oneself is to live by an ethic demanded by God; it is a life
lived recognizing the privilege of being a child of God and the grace by which that privilege is extended.