Today's Devotions

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  • Supplications, Prayers, Intercessions, and Thanksgivings +

    Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, O Lord, turn from yourfierce wrath; change your mind and do not Read More
  • Thanksgiving +

    Why should we give thanks to God? Why should we come to him with our praises,? In the scriptures, there Read More
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grudem-wayneA. General Comments

1. The three most important rules:

1) Read it

2) Read it

3) Read it

Ps 1;1-2; Matt 4:42. The interpretation of Scripture is not a magical or mysterious process:Scripture was written in the ordinary words of the day.

3. Every Interpreter has only four sources of information about the text

1) WORDS: Meanings of individual words and sentences

2) CONTEXT: The place of the statement "in its context"

3) WHOLE BIBLE: The overall teaching of Scripture

4) BACKGROUND: Some information about the historical and cultural background International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Eerdmans); Oxford Classical Dictionary (Oxford Univ. Press); others

4. You should be able to give reasons for your interpretation and thereby to attempt to persuade others.

5. There is only one meaning for each text (though there are many applications). 1 Cor. 5:9; Gal. 3:16; Matt. 5:21-48; see Westminster  Confession of Faith 1.9

6. You can do a short or long study of any passage. Don't get discouraged by all there is to do.

7. Pray for the Holy Spirit's help in the whole process. (Therefore personal obedience and faith in all of life play an important role in the interpretation of Scripture). Ps 119:18; 1 Cor. 2:14B. Questions to ask in interpreting Scripture

1. Always ask, "What did the author want the original readers to understand by this statement?"

1) For events: "What was God showing through this?"

2) This will help you avoid fanciful allegories

3) Yet note that the times the divine author can intend more than the human author understands

1Pe 1:10-12 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched andinquired carefully,11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

2. Regarding application, ask first, "What application did the author want the original readers to make in their lives?"

3. It is always helpful to ask, "What does this text tell us about God?"

C. Perspectives on the text

1. Be aware of the kind of literature the verse is found in.(Examples: history, poetry, prophecy, doctrinal argument, visionary orapocalyptic literature, wisdom sayings, etc.)

2. Note whether the text approves or disapproves or merely reports thecharacters' actions.

3. Keep a "history of redemption" time line in your mind when reading the text.

4. Remember that the whole Old Testament points to Christ.

Below are links to the audio files of this teaching.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Christ the King Sunday by Art Going (Holy Trinity Chatham) +

    A thoughtful discussion of how we function as colonizers for Christ the King.  Read More
  • Trinity and Baptisms-David Hyman, Holy Trinity Chatham +

    An excellent discussion of what baptism is about, and the wonderful mystery of the Trinity.  Read More
  • Praying to the Father-David Hyman, Holy Trinity Chatham +

    What does it mean to pray to our Father? Read More
  • Success by David Hyman, Holy Trinity Chatham +

    As followers of Jesus, how should we measure success? Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • God's Healing Touch by Sylvia Gunter +

    Listen to God's word for you in Isaiah 42:3. "A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick Read More
  • The Healing Day by Bill Fay +

    It will be okay on the healing dayno more coldest placeon the healing day Read More
  • Inner Healing by Judith MacNutt +

    The following is a clip from a teaching at the MacNutt's Level I School. While brief, it provides a good Read More
  • Healing Ministry & Spiritual Warfare by Judith MacNutt +

    Judith MacNutt on the relationship between spiritual warfare and healing ministry. Read More
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