A great definition of “study:” Application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge by reading, investigating and reflection

Sunday Morning Worship
May 13, 2012
Series: “iLife”
Today: “iStudy”

Scripture:  2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.  It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

2 Peter 1:20-21 NLT Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative.  No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.

Intro:  A great definition of “study”:  Application of the mind to the acquisition of knowledge by reading, investigating and reflection.

A.  God wants us to exercise our       study        muscles in order to mature in our walk with Him.

Philippians 1:9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight

2 Peter 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge

2 Peter 1:8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

B.  The question for today is:     How       should I study the Bible?

I.         READ        THE BIBLE.

A.  Read a translation that uses our       modern day        language.

B.  Read       small        portions.

C.  Develop a reading      plan        .

1.  Start by reading the Gospel of John.

2.  Read through the Epistles of Paul: Galatians; Ephesians; Philippians; Colossians

3.  Finish the New Testament.

4.  Use Psalms as devotional reading.

5.  Read the life stories of Old Testament men and women.

II.  INVESTIGATE YOUR         QUESTIONS         .

A.  As you read, you will come to       verses       you don’t understand.

B.  How to investigate:

1.  Ask God for       wisdom       as you look for the answers.

2.  Use free        tools         on your computer.

3.  Email pastorben ‘at’ thenaz.org if you can’t find your answers in the above free resources.

4.  Buy a       bible          commentary.

III.       REFLECT          ON YOUR STUDY.

A.  After reading and investigating, we cannot be satisfied until we reflect on what this information means to our      lives       !

B.  Questions for reflection.

1.  After reading a small portion of scripture:

* What truths did I      learn       ?

* Are these truths       evident        in my life?

* How can I       apply        them today?

2.  What good deeds or         ministry       am I consistently doing now that I did not do a year ago?

3.  What       sinful        behavior have I defeated in my life in the last year?

4.  Are my levels of        love        for God and all people higher than a year ago?

Conclusion:  God’s people have always realized how absolutely essential it is to study and obey God’s Word.

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