Bibliology - Our Responsibility to God's Word

  1. Reading
    1. To the children of Israel
      1. By Moses (Exodus 24:7; Deuteronomy 31:10-13)
      2. By Joshua (Joshua 8:32-35)
      3. By King Josiah (2 Kings 23:1-2)
      4. By Ezra (Nehemiah 8:2-3,8,18; Nehemiah 9:3)
    2. To kings
      1. God’s commandment (Deuteronomy 17:18-19)
      2. King Josiah (2 Kings 22:8-11)
    3. In the synagogues (Acts 13:15-16,27; 2 Corinthians 3:14-15)
    4. In the churches (Colossians 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:27; 1 Timothy 4:13)
    5. To the family (Deuteronomy 6:6-9Deuteronomy 11:18-21; 2 Timothy 3:14)
    6. Individually
      1. The seeking sinner (Acts 8:26-35)
      2. The seeking saint (Isaiah 34:16; Psalm 1:1-2; Joshua 1:8; Revelation 1:3)
    7. By the Savior (Matthew 12:3,5;  Matthew 19:4; Matthew 21:16,42; Matthew 22:31)
  2. Memorizing
    1. The command to memorize scripture (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Job 22:22; Proverbs 7:1-3)
    2. The benefits of memorizing scripture
      1. Life and health (Proverbs 4:20-22)
      2. Length of days (Deuteronomy 11:18-21)
      3. Wisdom (Psalm 119:97-98; Proverbs 2:1-2; Colossians 3:16)
      4. Obedience (Joshua 1:8)
      5. Guidance (Proverbs 6:20-23)
      6. Companionship (Proverbs 6:20-23)
      7. Purity (Psalm 119:11)
      8. Favor with God (Proverbs 3:3-4)
      9. Favor with man (Proverbs 3:3-4)
      10. Stability (Psalm 37:31)
      11. Answered prayer (John 15:7)
      12. Joy in service (Psalm 40:8)
      13. Strength (1 John 2:14)
      14. Victory (1 John 2:14)
    3. A plan for memorizing scripture
      1. Choosing the verses
        1. Keep a list of verses that speak to your heart
        2. Use a topical list
        3. Memorize a longer passage
      2. Writing the verses (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)
        1. Put them where you can see them
        2. Put them on cards you can carry with you
        3. Write them in phrases that make sense to you
      3. Learning the verses (Psalm 119:11)
        1. Learn the reference first
        2. Emphasize the first words
        3. Feel the natural rhythm of the verse; read it aloud several times
        4. Study to full understand the verse; look up words, etc.
        5. Learn to concentrate fully on what you are doing
        6. Go over the verse often and on different days; spaced repetition
        7. Apply the verse doctrinally and/or practically; What does it teach you?
        8. Meditate on the verse (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2)
      4. Using the verses
        1. Teach the verse to others
        2. Apply the verse to a present situation
        3. Quote the verse when appropriate
        4. Pray what is suggested by the verse
        5. Write about the verse; sing the verse; put the verse to poetry; paint the verse; etc.
      5. Reviewing the verses
        1. This is the most important and the most time-consuming step
        2. Keep a list of the verses you have memorized
        3. Have a plan for reviewing/re-memorizing these verses
        4. Spend the most time with your most recent verses
  3. Meditation
    1. The meaning of meditation
      1. Means to focus ones thoughts on; to reflect on or ponder over; to chew over carefully (Jeremiah 15:16)
      2. It is an act of the mind (Psalm 49:3)
      3. It is an act of the heart (Psalm 19:14; Psalm 49:3)
        1. Reflects our delight in the word (Psalm 1:2; Psalm 104:34)
        2. Reflects our love for the word (Psalm 119:97)
    2. The relationship of meditation
      1. To study (Psalm 119:99)
      2. To prayer (Psalm 5:1)
    3. The object of meditation
      1. God Himself (Psalm 63:6; Psalm 104:34)
      2. God’s word (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2; Psalm 119:15,23,48,78)
      3. God’s work (Psalm 77:12; Psalm 143:5)
      4. Never on nonsense or nothing!
    4. The act of meditation
      1. In a solitary place (Genesis 24:63)
      2. In the night watches (Psalm 63:6; Psalm 119:148)
      3. Both day and night (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2; Psalm 119:97)
    5. The fruit of meditation
      1. Commitment (1 Timothy 4:15)
      2. Obedience (Joshua 1:8)
      3. Success (Joshua 1:8; 1 Timothy 4:15)
      4. Wisdom (Psalm 119:99)
  4. Studying
    1. Pray before you start (Psalm 119:18,33-40)
    2. Begin by asking questions
      1. From your reading (Acts 8:30-31)
      2. From preaching you hear (Acts 17:11)
    3. Start with the milk of the word (1 Peter 2:2-3)
    4. Progress toward the meat of the word (Hebrews 5:11-14)
    5. Ask counsel of good men (Acts 8:30-31,35; 1 Timothy 3:2)
    6. Carefully study the words and grammar (Nehemiah 8:8)
    7. Compare scripture with scripture (Isaiah 28:9-10; 1 Corinthians 2:13-14)
    8. Learn to rightly divide the word (2 Timothy 2:15)
    9. Apply the word to yourself in obedience (Psalm 119:105,133; John 7:17)
    10. Teach the word to others (Psalm 51:12-13; Acts 5:42; 2 Timothy 2:2)
  5. Bible study questions
    1. Questions to aid in your study
      1. What does this passage teach about God?
      2. What question do you have about this passage?
      3. What word in this passage do you need to understand better?
      4. Of what song does this passage remind you?
      5. What other Bible verses does this passage bring to mind?
      6. Describe how you think this passage would look.
      7. What example does this passage have to follow?
      8. What example does this passage have for us to avoid?
      9. What Bible doctrine is taught in this passage?
      10. To whom is this passage written?
      11. What are the numbers in this passage?
      12. What are the sounds in this passage?
      13. What are the colors in this passage?
      14. What is the longest word in this passage and what is its importance?
      15. What principle for Christian living is taught in this passage?
      16. What is your favorite phrase or statement in this passage?  Why?
      17. What statement in this passage is difficult to understand?
      18. What do you see in this passage that you have never seen before?
      19. What comes before this passage?
      20. What comes after this passage?
      21. What interesting verbs are in this passage?
      22. What interesting nouns are in this passage?
      23. What interesting adjectives are in this passage?
      24. What places are in this passage?
      25. What customs or daily life practices are in this passage?
      26. What is the approximate year of this passage?
      27. What references to time are in this passage?
      28. What references to place or position are in this passage?
      29. What does this passage teach about sin?
      30. What does this passage teach about salvation?
      31. What does this passage teach about service?
      32. What prophecy is found in this passage?
      33. What does this passage teach about people?
      34. What things (material, etc.) are found in this passage?
      35. Who are the people in this passage?
      36. What vegetation or animals are found in this passage?
      37. What does this passage teach about heaven, hell or the spirit world?
      38. What names for God are found in this passage?
      39. What does this passage teach you?
      40. What could you use in this passage to help someone else?
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 17:9

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.