Special Thanks to Ellen and Roger Duarte
What a great six weeks of Bible Study and fellow ship with people of different denominations wanting to dig into the Word of God.
All the glory to God.
Six Week Intro Bible Study
We start with an Introduction class that will provide an overview of God’s plan of redemption from Genesis through Revelation.
Don’t let the word introduction fool you, this is an in debt verse by verse foundational six-week Bible Study. Taking just this class alone will help you with your Bible Study moving forward.
We do this by identifying the context of every book and every verse in the Bible, key passages, the Mosaic Law, Creation, Israel, Christ earthly ministry, Peter and the 11, the gospel of the Kingdom, the apostle Paul and the gospel of grace, the Body of Christ, and Eschatology.
We will focus on the time-line. After 6 weeks you will come away with a better understanding of God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit and how before the God created one single star He loved you and together the Triune God decided that Jesus Christ the Son would be the Redeemer of the world.
Learn to Study the Bible not Just Read It
Sign up today for a Bible Study in your area. Currently, we have Bible classes in Mesa and Tempe. We are adding Bible studies in Phoenix Metro and Queen Creek areas shortly.
We study the Bible from cover to cover beginning with an overview of Biblical history using a biblical timeline. The Bible Timeline has helped people of all backgrounds better understand the Bible and will help you too.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Our study process is simple and straightforward as we follow simple principles when studying the Bible.
Literal, In-context and “In-Time”
Literal – Reading a passage just as it’s laid out and interpreting it just as its written. On the other hand, figurative language is, in most cases, readily understood as such by its context. It can also be identified by the kind of literature. But it is essential to remember that figurative language always communicates literal truth. Isaiah penned the poetic line,
Here are two examples of literal and figurative:
An example of literal (or normal) meaning is by Matthew:
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, (Matthew 2.1).
This is a simple, historical statement. The literal or normal meaning and interpretation is that Jesus was born in a place called Bethlehem (a real geographical place) when Herod (a historical person who reigned in a real time) was king (a real position) over Judea (a real place). By such a statement, Matthew rooted Jesus’ birth in a real place in a real time.
Contrast Matthew’s literal statement to the following by Jesus:
Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep (John 10.7).
We know Jesus did not mean He was a literal, wooden door of a sheep pen. Again we know He was using a figure of speech (cf. John 10:6), a metaphor. But even though He used figurative language, He communicated a literal truth, namely, that He is the entrance to salvation. Just as a wooden door is the entrance to a house or to a sheep pen, Jesus is the “door”, i.e., entrance through whom God and salvation is found. Jesus was not talking about animals, i.e. sheep, but human beings.
Context – Most problems in interpreting the Bible arise from not identifying the context of a passage. The guiding principle of sound interpretation is to take a passage literally. Without such discipline, interpretation of a passage becomes fantasy land and it can mean almost anything. The result is erroneous or ridiculous interpretations. Utilizing the simple guides below (Who’s writing?) will help you identify the context of any passage.
In-Time – The idea of studying the Bible “In-Time” is completely overlooked by most in Christendom. Most Pastors and Bible teachers never discuss it and you’re not going to find this mentioned in your Sunday school class. But to Study the Bible in-time is absolutely crucial to understanding the Bible.
The best way I can explain studying in-time is not to get ahead of the passage or book you’re reading. “In-Time” is to recognize that God’s revelation to mankind was progressive. All revelations and events that make up the Bible as we have it today were not revealed in whole to Adam, Abraham, Moses, or any of the writers of God’s Word. In other words, Adam had no concept that God would take on flesh, and be crucified, buried and resurrected three days later for the sins of the whole world. All that Adam knew was what God had revealed to him. We can move up in time to King David around 1000 B.C. David had no concept of the body of Christ or the gospel of grace. That God would temporarily blind His chosen people, the Jews, because of their unbelief and go to the Gentiles with a message of salvation based solely on faith alone apart from the law of Moses, circumcision and temple worship. As a matter of fact the biblical record is clear none of the Jewish writers had any idea that God was going to the Gentiles apart from Israel.
Below is a helpful guide to help you identify the context of any passage
When studying the Bible it’s always a good idea to first determine the following:
- Who’s writing?
- Who is the writer writing too?
- When was it written?
- What were the circumstances when it was written? (what was going on)
- What was going on before and after it was written?
- What is the HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF THE VERSE?
- Has the writer written bible verses that can be compared to the passage?
- Are there other Bible verses that can help to support or interpret the passage?
Knowing the context of a passage is the most important factor in Bible Study. Not identifying the context of a passage will lead you every where and anywhere. Context is crucial to interpretation. Following the simple guides above, using Scripture to interpret Scripture and taking a literal approach to the reading of God’s Word will make the Bible easy to understand.