Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Creation Notebook Series - How to Study the Wiseman's Book

I. Observation:
  • Conceptual Ideas.
  • Learn to read.
  • Ten strategies for better reading:
  1. Read thoughtfully 
  2. Read repeatedly - Read over and over; read fast; read slow; use different translations; out loud.
  3. Read patiently - Don't read then run to a commentary; work with the same book for a month.
  4. Read selectively - Why? Who? What? When? Where? Wherefore?
  5. Read prayerfully - Pray before, during & after; don't pray with "Christian" lingo.
  6. Read imaginatively - Crawl into the skin of the people of the time.
  7. Read meditatively
  8. Read purposefully - Aim of author; "why is this word here?"; grammatical structure.
  9. Read acquisitively - Not to receive, but to retain; creatively present the passage to someone else.
  10. Read telescopically - as part of a whole; familiar themes; where does it fit historically?
  • Work with a paragraph:
  1. Check context.
  2. Write paragraph.
  3. No detail is too trivial.

  • Six things to look for:
  1. Things that are emphasized
  2. Things that are repeated
  3. Things that are related
  4. Things that are alike
  5. Things that are unalike
  6. Things that are true to life
II. Interpretation:
  1. What does Scripture mean?
  2. What does "mean" mean? 
    1. What God said - He meant what He said, and He said what He meant (and He'll keep His Word 100%).
Why Interpretation?
  1. Overcome language barriers.
  2. Overcome cultural barriers.
  3. Overcome literacy barriers.
  4. Overcome communication barriers.
  • Hazards to avoid:
  1. Misreading the text.
  2. Distorting the text.
  3. Contradicting the text.
  4. Subjectivity.
  5. Relativity - "It doesn't matter if Jesus rose from the dead, just love Him."
  6. Overconfidence - Don't be afraid to say "I don't know, let's find out."

  • What Type of Literature is this?
  1. Exposition - a teaching passage.
  2. Narrative and Biographical.
  3. Parables.
  4. Poetry.
  5. Proverbs/Apocalyptic.
  • Five Keys of Interpretation:
  1. Content - What does it actually say?
  2. Context - What goes before the passage? What comes after?
  3. Comparison - How is it like other parts of Scripture?
    1. Gross reference
    2. Topical Bible
    3. Concordance
  4. Culture - Understand the culture.
  5. Consultation
    1. Word search
    2. Phrase search
    3. Definition
Additional sources:
  1. Internet
  2. Illustration book
  3. Historical studies
  4. Specific topical books
  5. Journals
III. Application:
  1. What is it?
  2. Make the truth attractive.
  • Textual questions to consider:
  1. Is there an example to follow?
  2. Is there a sin to avoid?
  3. Is there a promise to claim?
  4. Is there a prayer to repeat?
  5. Is here a command to obey?
  6. Is there a condition to meet?
  7. Is there a verse to memorize?
  8. Is there an error to mark?
  9. Is there a challenge to face?
  • Four substitutes for application:
  1. We substitute interpretation for application.
  2. We substitute obedience for life-change.
  3. We substitute rationalization for repentance.
  4. We substitute experience for decision. 
  • Four steps to proper application - Know the...
  1. Truth.
  2. Audience.
  3. Culture.
  4. Relate to the people of the day.
  5. Meditate - think time.
  6. Practice - allow passage to change your life.
IV. Communication:
  1. Introduction - sum up the point of the message.
  2. Main point - if it doesn't come from the passage, it's not a main point.
  3. Argue.
  4. Explain.
  5. Illustration.
  6. Application.
  7. Transition.
  8. Conclusion.
    1. Visualization.
    2. Reiteration.
    3. Action (application).

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