HERMANEUTICS: The process of trying to understand what the Bible means.

Remember…the Bible is God’s Word to us! It is written so that we can understand it. But, there is a right way and a wrong way to study the Word of God.

Right Way To Study: EXEGESIS-drawing ideas OUT OF the Bible text

Wrong Way To Study: EISEGESIS-reading our ideas INTO the Bible text

Bible Study Guidelines:

OBSERVATION: What does it say?
Who? What? Where? Why? When? How?

INTERPRETATION: What does it mean?
NOT, “what does it mean to ME!”

APPLICATION: How do I respond?
Ask, “What does God want me to CHANGE in my life?”

If the Plain sense makes good sense then seek no other sense!

Bible Study is profitable…
not just that we should know
but that we might grow!

Psalm 19:7-11

The law of the LORD is _________________, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is ___________, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the LORD are __________, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is ____________, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is __________, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. 10 They are more desirable than __________, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than ____________ and the drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great ____________.

“Never let good books take the place of the Bible.
Drink from the Well, not from the streams that flow from the Well .”