“We cannot know God apart from the Bible.” -Robby Gallaty, Growing Up
You cannot grow as a Christian without the Bible. The Lord compares his Word to bread, milk, meat, and honey. We need to feed in order to grow!
2 Tim 3:16-17 (we read this last week as well)
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of god may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
The Bible equips us, making us able to do every good work God has created us to do.
“But the Bible is too long/ confusing/ has big words/ hard to pronounce names…”
Good news: We have a Helper – The Holy Spirit
John 16:13 “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”
Hermeneutics = to explain, to interpret
Steps to studying the Word:
Priority #1- CONTEXT – “What did the writer mean when he wrote this?”
What is happening before and after the selected passage? Who wrote it? Who was the audience? How does this passage fit in with the selected chapter, book, New or Old Testament, and the whole Bible? Considering the context of a passage is like using the zoom feature on a camera. It helps you to get a better view of the whole picture.
- Observation – Who what when where why how? Identify the facts and key characters/themes
- Explanation – as you look over the observations, pray for the Spirit to reveal the scriptural truth*Whatever the truth, it will always line up with the rest of Scripture and God’s story, the Gospel
- Application – How does the text apply to me? “How should I respond after hearing/reading this truth?”
Selected passages to read with your student:
James 1:22-24 – Hearers and doers of the word
Ephesians 2:18-22 – Different roles of the Trinity(Father, Son, and Spirit)
Matthew 4:1-11 – Temptation of Jesus. Using the Word to battle temptation.
Questions to ask your student during the week:
Have you ever used the Bible to fight temptation (anger, purity, gossip, lying)?
What is your biggest obstacle in school right now? Do you think the Bible would have something to say about this obstacle? (Search together with your child in the Word for help)
Pray for an increased desire for the Word of God in you and your children’s lives.