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I’m very, very excited about what we’re going to do today because I’m going to give you a behind the scenes look at how to do a Bible study.
If you’ve ever seen any of these, The Making Of … documentaries like The Making Of a movie and shows you kind of behind the scenes for Star Wars, behind the scenes of the Lord of the Rings, and things like that, I’m going to give you The Making of a Bible Study today. I’m going to show you how I get what I get out of the Word of God.
I’m not just going to teach you a Bible study, I’m going to teach you how to study to do a Bible study on your own. Does that make sense?
The secret of Bible study is simply learning to ask the right kind of questions. The more you bombard a particular text with questions, the more you’re going to get out of it. The Bible is a supernatural book and you can study a passage over and over and over and you’ll never hit bottom. There are passages in the Bible I have studied for thirty, forty years – the Sermon on the Mount, Psalm 23, the Beatitudes, Romans 8:28 and on and on and on of other passages. Every time I go back to them I go, “Wow! I didn’t see that. Haven’t seen that before!” You cannot hit bottom. You can never mine the gold out of any particular text because the Bible is a supernatural book.
But if you learn the principles of observation you will see things in Scripture you’ve never seen before. While they all have different kinds of questions, there are four categories you use in every Bible study. I’m going to each you today how to do this.
There are four words – observation, interpretation, correlation, and application. These four things you will do when you’re going to sit down to look at a passage of Scripture and study it for yourself. Let me explain what these mean, and then we’ll go back and look at them in depth.