Basic Study Principles
Using these study principles in a discussion of salvation by grace
Using these study principles in a discussion of "Once saved always saved."
Continuation of Lesson 3a
The apostle Paul used these same study principles
Putting our beliefs to the test
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Basic study principles
Having established the importance of being a careful Bible student, let us now consider some simple Bible study principles that have proven to be invaluable:
Study "all" that the Bible says about a topic before drawing final conclusions. Of course, this requires study, effort and a degree of honesty and integrity.· We can prejudice our conclusions by jumping to conclusions before we have all the facts.
Study the context of each passage.
We should learn to ask some questions about each passage: Is the text from the Old Testament or the New Testament? (This makes a real difference as we rightly divide the word of God.) To whom is the text spoken? To non-Christians? To Christians? Who? (This also makes a difference in our understanding of a text.)
Understand the importance of a direct statement and a commandment.
Look for Biblical examples and illustrations that help in your understanding and application of a text?
Always consider what a text may "imply" or infer as being as
important as what it may directly state?
These simple principles of bible study cannot be over stressed as to their importance. In the next few pages we will look at several topics of interest and try to use these basic principles in our study.
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