foundation truthlesson 1 - the word of god
WHY SHOULD I STUDY?
- It is the Word of God to man. Psalm 19:7-9
- It is alive and active. Hebrews 4:12
- It effectually works in those that believe. I Thessalonians 2:13
- It is good for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction.
Concerning the Old Testament and New Testament, it is well said:
The New is in the Old contained, and the Old is in the New
explained. Each is complete, but one cannot be understood
without the other. Scripture is its own interpreter.
HOW DID WE GET OUR BIBLE?
The Bible was given by the inspiration of the Spirit of God—The Spirit
produced the Word, II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:20-21: “Knowing
this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private
interpretation. For prophecy never came by the will of man, but
holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
God brought infallible revelation through fallible men over a period of
1600 years. The Holy Spirit was the divine author, using about 40
human writers. I Chronicles 28: 11-12, 19.
WHY IS OUR BIBLE DIVIDED INTO TWO TESTAMENTS?
- God’s revelation to man is progressive. Isaiah 28:9-13
- The Old Testament was preparatory to the New Testament.
- The Old Testament set forth the type and shadow of the New
Testament church. Hebrews 8:5; Romans 15:4; Hebrews 10:1; I
Corinthians 10:11: “Now all these things happened to them for
examples and they were written for our admonition, on whom the
ends of the ages have come.”
IS DOCTRINE IMPORTANT?
The word doctrine means: “Teaching, instruction or to teach the substance.”
The Scriptures speak of:
- The Doctrine of God. Deuteronomy 32:2; Proverbs 4:2; Titus 2:10
- The Doctrine of Christ. John 7:16-17; II John verses 9-10; Hebrews
- The Doctrine of Devils. I Timothy 4:1; Revelation 2:14-15, 24
- The Doctrine of Men. Mark 7:7; Ephesians 4:14; Matthew 16:12
- The Doctrine of Apostles. Acts 2:42
It does matter what we study and believe. I Timothy 6:13; Titus 2:7-10; I
Timothy 4:6, 13, 16: “If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will
be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of
the good doctrine which you have carefully followed…Till I come, give
attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine…Take heed to yourself,
and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both
yourself and those who hear you.”
All religions, true and false, are founded on various teachings and
doctrines. These doctrines believed, received, and practiced determine:
- Character-–what we are
- Action–what we do
- Destiny–where we go
This shows the importance of being established in the doctrines of God.
Titus 2:10; Job 11:4; II Timothy 3:14-17; Titus 1:9: “Holding fast the faithful
word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both
to exhort and convict those who contradict.”
HOW SHOULD I STUDY?
- Have a proper attitude
- Select a specific time
- Choose a special place
- Get the right tools:
A good study Bible
A good concordance
A good dictionary
A good Bible handbook
A good word study
- Follow a plan:
- Choose a word
- Define the word
- Compare versions
- Determine the original definition
- Find the root meaning
- Discover the biblical usage
- Choose verse
- Question and answer
- Write insights
- Chief people
- Key verse
- Christ saw
- Central truth
- Read the book
- Make notes
- Conduct a background study
- Form a diagram chart
- Make a tentative outline
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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton
Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry.
He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.