Thursday, April 5, 2012

Falling in Love with HIStory: How to Study the Bible

From Pastor Chuck Ammons

After looking at how to make the Bible come alive, we new need a method to study the Bible.

Most Americans are Biblically illiterate.  This was revealed in a recent episode where contestants could not answer questions from Deuteronomy, Jonah, and Revelation.  A major reason for this biblical illiteracy is because we have become an instant society.  We lost the discipline of study.  The scripture contains a treasure and a great treasure will be revealed when you dig.

1.  Remember the Big Picture!

The Bible consists of 66 books, one story.
We have to be careful not to take scenes out of the big picture.  Not considering the proper context will lead to bad results.  A few examples of this include the Westboro Baptists, “Christian” groups bombing abortion clinics, the pastor who wants to burn the Koran, and the prosperity “gospel.”

In the big picture, God is the hero.

The entire book points to Jesus.  The Bible provides us with the restoration offered by God. It offers the restoration that we need.

Hosea.  This book is hard to understand without knowing the big picture.  Hosea is told to marry a prostitute.  Sometimes God used prophets to provide a living illustration to make a point.  The story of Hosea is about God’s unconditional love for his people.  Jesus Christ is at the center of Hosea.

At the center of every story is the cross.  Almost every scene looks forward to the cross or reflects back to the cross.

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