The principle is the reason behind what we believe and do. The practical is what we do. The practical is what; the principle is why.
We should have reasons for believing the way we believe, and doing what we do. Our church is built on biblical principles, and we are the way we are because we believe that is how the Bible is guiding us to be.
Benjamin Franklin—a man who thought logically and critically about life—was turned off by a church that said they had certain beliefs, but never made it clear that those beliefs came from God. To Mr. Franklin, religion seemed man-made, and he felt every bit as qualified to contrive his own virtues as well as the next man or church.
As Christians, we should be people who not only do what is right, but we should also know why, too. So, we have principles that guide us and practical steps to show us what to do.
The principles of Bible study are simple. We start with a preconception (based on faith, logic and evidence) that the Bible is supernaturally preserved as God’s Word to us. We study it with basic principles—the first of which we will look at tonight: Observation.
The practical real-life examples that we will discuss tonight are not exhaustive, but they will serve as simple guides to help you read and understand the Bible.
If you can learn to take the principles of Scripture and translate them into practical changes you can make in your daily life (and DO them!), you will be right where God wants you to be, spiritually.
You want to be in God’s will? Do you want to know His wisdom for you tomorrow? Do you want to make wise choices this week?
Start tomorrow by reading your Bible. Ask yourself, “So how is THIS Scripture I’m reading today profitable? What is the principle (what God said), and how does this principle affect me (what God is saying)?
BIBS: Big Idea Bible Study | Observation
BIBS is the Big Idea Bible Study. We approach Bible study with the preconception that ALL Scripture is inspired (God-breathed) and is profitable to us in some way. It is our duty as Christians to study out what God said to find out what God is saying still today and for our future.
The first step in doing so is through O_____________, (Observation) or the _______’s (bird’s) -eye view. Some examples are:
- Occasion of writing
Specialty dental tools can come later. Dentists recommend that you start with your “toothbrush:”
- S__________ B__________ (Study Bible) (i.e. Thompson or Scofield)
- C____________ (Concordance) (i.e. Strong’s Exhaustive)
- O__________ B__________ (Online Bible) (i.e. classic.net.bible.org KJV)
- B__________ S___________ (Bible Software) (i.e. E-Sword or Olive Tree)
- B__________ (Books) (i.e. King James Bible Commentary or World’s Bible Handbook)
- Your P___________ (Pastor)
WARNING: Use man’s wisdom sparingly! Only Scripture is inspired—God breathed—and therefore perfect. Books and other study tools are written by fallible man. Use with caution and care!