Introduction to ABS
The Bible is God’s Word.
Context is God’s Voice!
If I haven’t learned new study methods over the years — all my studies are in vain!
Context is everything in the Bible. Learning simple context allows God’s Spirit to show you related scripture – thoughts – ideas – and lessons – the way they were intended to be discovered.
That’s what I’m attempting to show on this site. On the left column you’ll find a number of studies listed. These are the latest studies with the latest lessons I’ve recently learned from God’s Word. I try to share simple study techniques whenever it suits the study. I try to explain how words – texts – chapters – and books in the Bible are related and how to study each to gain a fuller understanding. I also like to write stories to help bring out the personality of the Word and keep things interesting. Stories also help us to remember – making it easier to teach others – and that is the real goal – to teach everyone to have a deeper personal relationship with Jesus – God – and His Spirit.
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- I’ve been studying scripture for more than 30 years. I don’t have any formal training, but have been blessed to receive instruction from some of God’s servants who learned how the Bible reveals itself. Using a combination of these study methods has been opening up God’s Word in ways I have never imagined, at a pace I never expected to see. Each of these methods are easy to learn and use. Each study method is explained in the Bible. While writing a book on the Gospel of Mark, I found how Jesus taught many of these methods to His disciples. It began in Mark Chapter 4 where Jesus told His disciples, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables?” (Mark 4:13 NLTse). From that point on, Jesus explained how to understand scripture. Jesus gave them the key to unlock the spiritual meaning of every parable. Not only parables, but all the prophecies about Himself. This was one of the most important skills the disciples mastered and taught. The role of a prophet changed in the early days of the church. In the New Testament a prophet was anyone able to find, read, understand, and explain the prophecies Jesus fulfilled. In many cases New Testament prophets were eyewitnesses to the prophecies Jesus fulfilled. Now the role of God’s prophet is to explain the prophecies Jesus fulfilled. This added to the role of an Old testament prophet whose main function was to lead people back to God. Now prophets lead people back to God through Jesus by explaining the prophecies He fulfilled. Learning to teach these prophecies requires a personal relationship with Jesus and God’s Spirit which is achieved by spending time in His Word. Leaning a few simple study methods helps to maintain and grow this relationship.
Some of the studies methods I explain on this website include:
Simple Word Studies.
Identify key words in subject texts. Identify the spiritual meaning by comparing how the key word is used in other texts. This method explains the spiritual meaning of symbols used in the Bible such as a lamb representing Jesus, trees represent people, mountains represent kingdoms, governments, and religions beliefs, and hundreds of other symbols. As many as 800 symbols are used in the Bible. Each is defined in God’s Word.
There are different forms of the Inductive method of Bible study. The key to any form of an Inductive study is identifying words that are the same, similar, or related. This takes a little practice and requires specific steps to understand this type of study. One of the most effective methods is to highlight each repeated word. Once the words are highlighted, the message pops off the page. Highlighting clearly shows the main theme the author is conveying.
Another quick Inductive method easily mastered by new students to the Bible is the Introduction, Summary method. When a verse seems difficult to understand, compare it to the first few and last few verses in the chapter and if you want to get detailed, compare the verse in question to the introduction and summary of the book or letter. This is known as keeping the text within proper context.
Personal Relationship Method.
The first and easiest method of Bible study to learn is to simply read a few verses and explain how God’s Word relates to you on a personal level. This is known as a personal interpretation which is not the same as other methods which rely on God’s Word to provide a spiritual interpretation. The main point to remember is, this method is used to exercise a personal relationship with God and sharpen communication with His Spirit. People using this simple method are often surprised at how God’s Word explains the situation they are in and how God is able to help.
I’ve found one of the most effective methods to establish a personal relationship with God’s Spirit is by writing. This slows you down. Spending more time with the Spirit allows Him to guide you in ways you never imagined. Writing heightens the ability to listen. Writing raises a number of questions forcing you to look for answers. Writing gives you the ability to work on a study for a number of days. This allows more time to pray for an answer. You will be surprised how you can sense when to stop writing, put the lesson away and wait for God’s Spirit to provide answers. Writing also allows you to use one of the methods Jesus taught His disciples, how the Spirit establishes a series of events in your life which parallel stories in the Bible to teach a deeper lesson. Trials take on a new dimension, putting you through an emotional experience which can parallel what characters in the Bible experienced. Once you look into the personality of the Bible there is no turning back.
The word of God is designed so that every individual can easily find the answers for their inquires. By learning a few easy steps you will have the ability to unlock the mysteries of the Bible.
KJV 1 Corinthians 2:7. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8. Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
This web site contains two detailed explanations teaching how simple it is to conduct your own Bible studies.
This site also contains a number of study examples divided into categories. A pull down list of these categories is located on the left side column.
Advanced Studies tend to be a little long but provide valuable examples showing how the word of God links similar subjects.
Bible Study Aids is a collection of material consisting of a Bible Dictionary and Bible Study Methods used by early Bible pioneers.
Bible Study Methods Explained is a collection of studies offering detailed steps. This is a good place to begin and practice until you develop the skills to conduct your own studies.
Parables are used to teach the word of God in much the same way Jesus taught. Understanding a few key words can open the hidden meaning to any parable.
Jesus explained a hand full of parables. These explanations contain the keys to understanding all parables and prophecy.
There is a group of explained study containing a review of the rules as they are applied in examples.
Prophecies is a collection of studies of some of the most common and others few have considered.
Simple Studies tend to be shorter and get directly to the point. They usually cover one or two key words. These are perfect for sharing and teaching.
As always your questions, comments, suggestions, and study requests are appreciated and can be added to the bottom of each study in the space provided.
KJV John 21:25
25. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
KJV 1 Corinthians 2:10-16
10. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
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Here is a video showing the features on e-Sword I use. e-Sword is a free Bible Study program with all kinds of great features.
Here are a couple of Bible Study Internet resources I have been using. I have to tell you. I have been learning so much from these classes taught for free by pastor, teacher, and lecturer Dr. Lee Gugliotto. He has taught classes in biblical languages, theology, and hermeneutics at several seminaries. His book, Handbook for Bible Study, was awarded a Gold Medallion, the equivalent of an Oscar for Christian writers. Since working with Dr. Lee, my insight into God’s Word has more than tripled.
WebStudy is a virtual classroom over the Internet. It will train you to listen for God’s voice in the text so the Bible can explain itself. You will master study basics that lay the foundations for deeper personal learning.
QuikerStudy relies on the way the Holy Spirit led Bible writers to express truth God revealed to them. It equips you to use basic Bible study tools and to understand scripture guided by three simple principles––integrated into a single skill. Easy enough for children, it is the ultimate online inductive experience for the whole family.
CuppaJ Cafe serves the most satisfying CuppaJesus in town. We brew up a fresh daily devotion, verse-by-verse from the text to bring out its full flavor. Then we share each daily devotional with those who come to the Cafe to give the group a taste of what the text has to offer, so they can have a deeper, personal learning experience with Christ later that day.
How we brew up the word:
- First, we define words, explain the meaning of figures and symbols, and acquaint them with people, places, and things in the text
- Then, we lead the people on a simple trip through the text
- Pour out a Christian thought from it, and…
- Invite everyone to interpret the text from the writer’s words
- Finally, we challenge everyone to spend time in the text alone with Christ later in the day to pour out another and better CuppaJesus from the same brew
Now you can order eBooks on the Matthew, The Stories of Jesus’ Ministry and The Tabernacle, “T” is for The Cross. These eBooks have been arranged with short cuts to not only chapters, but each story, which makes them great for reference. Also coming is an eBook on the Gospel of Mark and a collection on the Prophecies Jesus Fulfilled. Click on the images below to order.
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