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Simple Steps to Solid Scripture Bible Study

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Simple Steps to Solid Scripture Bible Study

By John MacArthur, Grace to You

From the moment I sensed the call of God into full-time ministry, the driving passion of my life has been simply to understand God’s Word and then make it understandable to others. I have never aspired to be known as either an academic theologian or a distinguished clergyman. I simply want to know what the Word of God means and to make it known to others. All my pastoral energies-my preaching, shepherding, teaching, writing, and even visitation-are focused on that one goal.

It is my conviction that the Bible is not difficult for the believing heart to understand. And the more I understand, the more unshakable is my conviction that the Bible is the living, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. It has this remarkable effect on me: the more I study it, the more I hunger to know. So God’s Word not only satisfies my appetite, but also arouses an even deeper hunger for more.

I want you to experience that hunger too. I want you to live in the joy of a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ that comes only through knowing the meaning of Scripture. Here’s a simple process to get you started.

Step 1 – Reading

Begin by developing a plan on how you will approach reading through the Bible. Just by reading the Bible you become familiar with its themes, history, and contexts. There is simply no replacement for Bible reading.

Unlike most books, you will probably not read it straight through from cover to cover. There are many good Bible reading plans available (like The MacArthur Daily Bible). Here is what I recommend:

Read through the Old Testament at least once a year. As you read, note in the margins any truths you particularly want to remember, and write down separately anything you do not immediately understand. Often as you read you will find that many questions are answered by the text itself. The questions to which you cannot find answers become the starting points for more in-depth study using commentaries or other reference tools.

Follow a different plan for reading the New Testament. Read one book at a time repetitiously for a month or more. That will help you retain the New Testament so you will not always have to depend on a concordance to find things.

If you want to try that, begin with a short book, such as 1 John, and read it through in one sitting every day for thirty days. At the end of that time, you will know the book. Write on index cards the major theme of each chapter. By referring to the cards as you do your daily reading, you will begin to remember the content of each chapter. In fact, you will develop a perception of the book with your mind’s eye.

When you come to longer books, divide them into short sections and read each section daily for thirty days. For example, the gospel of John contains twenty-one chapters. Divide it into three sections of seven chapters. At the end of ninety days, you will finish John. For variety, alternate short and long books, and in less than three years you will have finished the entire New Testament-and you will really know it!

Step 2 – Interpreting

In Acts 8:30, Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Or put another way, “What does the Bible mean by what it says?” It is not enough to read the text and jump directly to the application-you must first determine what it means, otherwise the application may be incorrect.

As you read Scripture, always keep one simple question in mind: “What does this mean?” To answer that question requires the use of the most basic principle of interpretation called the analogy of faith-interpret the Bible with the Bible.

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

May the grace the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Mouth Is A Weapon By Pastor Anita Oyakhilome

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Your Mouth Is A Weapon By Pastor Anita Oyakhilome

 

Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff (Isaiah 41:15)

 

 

 

 

In Joshua 1:2-3, The LORD said to Joshua: “….now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you.” Thus, by this instruction the children of Israel knew that all they had to do to take possession of the land God gave to them was to step on it. Once they stepped on it, it became theirs.

But in the New Testament, there’s a difference. The power isn’t in your feet, but in your mouth. Many Christians haven’t understood this truth, so they walk in ignorance. When trying to acquire something, like a piece of property for example, you’ll find them marching around it because the LORD said, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you.” Oh, that they would realize that the victory is now in their mouth! Today, it’s no longer “Where the soles of your feet shall tread upon” rather, it’s “you shall have what you say!” Possession is with your mouth.

The Old Testament folks were taught to battle that way because they functioned in the sense (physical) realm. But now in the New Testament, we battle differently, from the realm of The Spirit. In that realm, there’s no recognition of distance; you don’t need to march around a building to get it. All you need do is use your mouth, for it has been given to you to chart your course and to do battle which is your fight of faith. How important the mouth is!

Every time you release words with your mouth, you’re wielding a dangerous weapon. The Greek word for mouth is “stoma”, which means “the front or edge of a weapon.” With this weapon, you can cut down such enemies as poverty, failure, cancer, diabetes, HIV and so on. When you declare: “This growth will not stay in my body,” you’re cutting it down with your weapon. No wonder the Bible says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds(2 Corinthians 10:4).

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Bible Facts

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Bible Facts

Statistics

  • Books in the Bible: 66
  • Chapters in the Bible: 1,189
  • Verses in the Bible: 31,102
  • Midpoint: between verses 1 and 2 of Psalms 103
  • Longest verse: Esther 8:9 (90 words, 426 letters)
  • Shortest verse: John 11:35 (2 words, 9 letters)
  • Book with the most chapters: Psalms (150 chapters)
  • Chapter with the most verses: Psalms 119 (176 verses)

Biblical Structure

  • The Old Testament consists traditionally of three major sections: the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings.
  • The Law consists of the first five books of the Old Testament. This section is also called the Torah or the Pentateuch.
  • The Prophets are in two groups: the Former Prophets (Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings), and the Latter Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hoseah, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi).
  • Of the Latter Prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel are considered Major Prophets, with the rest being Minor Prophets. This designation refers to the volume of writing rather than the content of the books.
  • The Writings consist of three groups: Wisdom (Psalms, Proverbs, and Job), Scrolls (Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther), and Histories (Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles).
  • Though it contains significant prophetic passages, the book of Daniel is considered belonging to the Historical Writings.
  • Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem. Each section begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
  • The New Testament consists of four major sections: the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and the Revelation.
  • The Gospels are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They detail the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
  • The Acts of the Apostles consist of one book, Acts.
  • The Epistles are letters written by the apostles to different churches.
  • The Revelation of Jesus Christ to John the apostle deals with end-time prophecies.

History

  • The oldest book of the Bible is Job, estimated to have been written around 1100 BC.
  • The newest book of the Old Testament is Malachi, written about 400 BC.
  • The New Testament was written in the period between 45 and 95 AD, the newest book being Revelation.
  • The Old Testament was written mostly in Hebrew, with just a few passages written in Aramaic.
  • The New Testament was written in Greek.
  • The Old Testament was canonized around 300 BC.
  • The New Testament was canonized around 375 AD.

 

 

 

 

May GOD bless Nigeria, America and Israel and take care of us; May GOD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the LORD lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

 

 

About Those Scribes

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About Those Scribes

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 6:7, “And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day, that they might find an accusation against him.”

 

 

 

 

 

MATTHEW 12:1-14; MARK 2:23-3:6; LUKE 6:1-11

The scribes were copyists of the Holy Scriptures. They preserved in written form the oral law, and faithfully handed down the Hebrew Scriptures. In New Testament times, they were students, interpreters, and teachers of the Old Testament. Their functions regarding the law were to teach it, develop it, and use it in any connection with the Sanhedrin and various local courts. They were ambitious for honour, which they demanded, especially from their pupils, as well as from the general public. This homage was readily granted them (Mt. 23:5-11).

Ezra was a scribe during the Babylonian captivity of the Jews, and he was a very godly man. The office of a scribe was a worthy one, but the scribes of Jesus’ day were often rebuked by Him for having gone beyond the job of copying out the scriptures. They had a large volume of interpretations that they had added to the scriptures based on traditions, and had thus made “the word of God of none effect” (Mk. 7:13).

The scribes became an independent company of interpreters of the law and leaders of the people. Even they, themselves, sought to evade certain of their own precepts (Mt. 23:2-4). They clashed with Christ for He taught with authority and condemned the external formalism that they fostered (Mt. 7:28-29). They persecuted Peter and John (Acts 4:3-7) and had a part in Stephen’s martyrdom (Acts 6:12). However, although the majority opposed Christ, some did believe (Mt. 21:15).

Later on, we’ll read how Jesus exposed the hypocrisy of the scribes by dealing with issues of the heart. They appeared to be holy outwardly, but their hearts were far from God. It is important for us to keep our hearts tender and receptive to His Word, and give ourselves to Him in worship. Think about the good things he has done for you today and be thankful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

The Sabbath is not a day, but rather a relationship with God through Jesus. Rest in His love and let Him use you today

The Sabbath Rest

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The Sabbath is not a day, but rather a relationship with God through Jesus. Rest in His love and let Him use you today.

 

 

John 5:16, “And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him because he had done these things on the sabbath day.”

 

 

JOHN 5:16-27

The Sabbath was first mentioned in Scripture in Exodus 16, when the Lord started miraculously providing the children of Israel with manna in the wilderness. The Israelites were commanded to gather twice as much manna on the sixth day because God would not provide any on the seventh day. Shortly after this, the Lord commanded the observance of the Sabbath day in the ten commandments that were communicated to Moses on Mt. Sinai on the two tablets of stone (Ex. 20:8-11). In this command, God connected this Sabbath day with the rest that He took on the seventh day of creation.

As revealed in Colossians 2:16-17, the Sabbath was symbolic. According to Exodus 23:12, one of the purposes of the Sabbath was to give man and his animals one day of physical rest each week. Today’s medical science has proven that our bodies need at least one day of rest each week to function at our peak. Deuteronomy 5:15, also clearly states that the Sabbath was to serve as a reminder to the Jews that they had been slaves in Egypt and were delivered from bondage, not by their own efforts, but by the supernatural power of God. However, in the New Testament, there is an even clearer purpose of the Sabbath stated. In Colossians 2:16-17, Paul reveals that the Sabbath was only a shadow of things to come and is now fulfilled in Christ. Hebrews 4:1-11, talks about a Sabbath rest that is available to, but not necessarily functional in, all New Testament believers. This New Testament Sabbath rest is simply a relationship with God in which we have ceased from doing things by our own efforts and are letting God work through us (Gal. 2:20; Heb. 4:10).

The Sabbath is not a day, but rather a relationship with God through Jesus. Rest in His love and let Him use you today.

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Jesus did not come to accept our sacrificial acts, but to make Himself a sacrifice for our sins. He did all this to give us new life in Him

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Jesus did not come to accept our sacrificial acts, but to make Himself a sacrifice for our sins. He did all this to give us new life in Him

SOMETHING NEW

 

Luke 5:36-37, “And he spake a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish.”

 

MATTHEW 9:11-17, MARK 2:16-22, LUKE 5:30-39

These two parables are in response to the scribes’ and Pharisees‘ criticism (v. 30) and the question from John’s disciples about why Jesus didn’t act according to their religious traditions and expectations (Mt. 9:14; Mk. 2:18). The gist of these parables was to show that Jesus came to do a new thing that would not mix with the old covenant ways that were familiar to people (Isa. 43:18-19; Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 8:7-13).

A new cloth sown on an old garment in Jesus’ day would shrink the first time it was washed. Then it would tear away from the old garment that had already shrunk, making the hole worse. This illustrates that Jesus did not come to patch up the old Mosaic covenant, but to replace it (Heb. 7:18-19).

Also, new wine (not yet fermented) had to be put into new or reconditioned wineskins to allow for the expansion of gases within the skin as the result of the fermentation process. Otherwise, an old wineskin that had already been stretched by use would simply burst and all the wine would run out. The Old Testament laws could never stretch enough to accommodate the New Testament truths of mercy and grace (Heb. 10:1-10). Jesus set us free from the judgment of the Old Testament laws (Rom. 6:14; 7:1-4; 8:2; 10:3-4; Gal. 3:12-14, 23-24; 5:4; Phil. 3:9).

These religious scribes and Pharisees (Lk. 5:30) were making the terrible mistake of trusting in their own efforts to produce their right standing (righteousness) with God. Jesus did not come to accept our sacrificial acts, but to make Himself a sacrifice for our sins. He did all this to give us new life in Him. Thank Him for His grace today.

 

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

Touched By Love

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Touched By Love

 

Mark 1:41, “And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him…. and he was cleansed.”

 

MATTHEW 8:1-4, MARK 1:40-45, LUKE 5:12-15

Only Mark records this important statement that Jesus was “moved with compassion” in the healing of this leper. There are three other instances in the gospels when Jesus was moved with compassion which resulted in healing (Mt. 14:14; 20:34; Lk. 7:13; and once in deliverance – Mk.5:19). The difference between seeing a person healed or not healed many times is this all-important ingredient of love.

All three of the Gospel accounts record Jesus touching this leper. This not only illustrates the doctrine of “laying on of hands”, but was probably included because according to Numbers 19:22, this action would have made Jesus unclean. This illustrates the New Testament ministry of the Spirit versus the Old Testament ministry of the letter of the law (2 Cor. 3:6).

Jesus did not have to avoid the ceremonial uncleanness that would come from physical contact with a leper because He came to bear our sins in His own body. As can be seen from Mark’s account, two things happened: (1) the leprosy departed and (2) the man was cleansed. Jesus not only removed the disease but restored the damaged parts of his body. This leper was healed as soon as Jesus spoke.

The Word of God is the will of God, and it reveals that it is always God’s will to heal. Jesus often healed people by touching them, and others received their healing as they touched Jesus. You can transmit the power or the anointing of God through the laying on of hands. Let Him use you today to touch others.

May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him

The Lord our God is merciful and     forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.
Daniel 9:9

 

You Are Forgiven

Are you haunted by past sins? Perhaps Satan, the accuser, keeps reminding     you of mistakes you’ve made in your life. If so, rebuke him right now with     the truth that you, as a believer in Jesus Christ, have been forgiven.

Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy. Instead, turn to the Word of God and     read about Paul, who calls himself the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).     In the book of Acts, a man named Saul was persecuting the church. He gave     his consent to the martyrdom of Stephen and travelled around hunting     believers of the Way and punishing them. After Saul met Jesus, however, he     gave his life completely over to the Lord and became Paul, the apostle who     wrote much of the New Testament.

Paul could have wallowed in despair over his past sins, but he didn’t-he     knew the only way to be effective in ministry was to accept God’s Word as     truth and stand on His promise.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my     people, who are called by my name, will…turn from their wicked ways, then     will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin.” You are     forgiven.

Put the past behind you and walk in that truth today.

Further Reading

  • Acts 8-9
  • Colossians 2:13
  • 1 John 1:9
  • God Bless

     

    May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and     Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And     be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give     us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!

    Every Other Miracle Prepare For The Grand Miracle

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    Every Other Miracle Prepares for the Grand Miracle

    Written by Sheila Schuller Coleman

    “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory
    as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” -John 1:14/ESV

    I absolutely love this quote from C. S. Lewis in his book, Miracles, and I feel
    it is important to delve deeper into it. As you may recall, C.S. Lewis reminds us
    that all of us have already received the one miracle we all need. Without it – we
    are lost forever. He calls it the Grand Miracle – the incarnation – when God became
    man – and that Man, Jesus, died in our place and is risen.

    C. S. Lewis had this to say about the Grand Miracle: “Every other miracle prepares
    for this, or exhibits this, or results from this.” Every other miracle prepares
    for the Grand Miracle! All the Old Testament miracles are building blocks leading
    up to the pinnacle – the Grand Miracle – Jesus, who came from the Hebrew nation
    to be the Messiah, the Christ, the Promised Redeemer foretold in Isaiah.

    God wanted to reveal Himself to man by becoming man. So He prepared for the Grand
    Miracle through many miracles we learn about in the Old Testament. For example:

    * Sarah bore Isaac at the age of 99 – and the Hebrew Nation, and eventually Jesus
    Christ, was born of this miracle!

    * God delivered His children from Egypt – through many, many miracles! The Israelites
    had been oppressed in slavery for 430 years. They had forgotten God. God needed
    to deliver them and demonstrate His presence, His power, His providence (through
    manna, etc.) in the wilderness to prepare them for the Grand Miracle – the coming
    of His Son Jesus.

    The miracles of the Old Testament prepare for the Grand Miracle as described in
    the New Testament – the birth, the crucifixion, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ
    – eternal life – for you and me. What other miracle do we need? And, if God would
    not withhold this miracle, would He withhold any other miracle we need?

    PRAYER:

    Father God, I am amazed that You would come to earth, clothed in human form to be
    the Grand Miracle – that we would know You, and see You, and be saved by Your grand
    act of love and compassion. Thank You! Amen.

    What other miracles can you think of that prepared us for the Grand Miracle – the
    coming of Jesus the Christ?

    May Our God The Almighty prosper Nigeria and Israel and defend us from all our enemies in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!