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alex kirk and familyAlex Kirk of Chatham Community Church recently gave a stellar teaching on how to read the Bible to better understand it and to deepen our relationship with God. Below are some notes from his teaching, followed by a link to the audio file.

God wants to speak to you personally. Really. Scripture primary way that happens.

Holy Spirit: heart & text, time, tools

  • Inductive: studying as its written start to finish or in sizeable chunks to understand context

Observe (engage, listen)

  • Primary question: what does the author say?
  • good listening!
  • who, what, when, where
  • put yourself in as many shoes as possible
  • "film" it
  • repetition, cause & effect, conflict, tension points

Interpret

  • what does it mean? –especially to the original readers!
  • what questions arise from observations made?
  • what is the significance or main point?
  • why???
  • one correct interpretation: original intent

Apply (respond)

  • what does it mean for me/we/our community?
  • what do I need to do?
  • how applied to my internal world?
  • promises to claim?
  • who is God & what's He up to?
  • how apply to our church community and to neighbors and friends who don't know God?
  • how could I pray using this passage?

http://s3.amazonaws.com/churchplantmedia-cms/chatham_community_church_pittsboro_nc/2013_02_24-final.mp3

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