13 Overall Lessons of Word study, Contextual study and technique and Application of biblical subjects.
1. Preachers and teachers often benefit from a single study which results in several approaches with sermons, class presentations and discussions. We call this is the ‘Block Study Design’.
Such a subject as: The New Birth from New Testament verses
(John 3:1-5; 1 Peter 1:18ff; 1 Cor. 6:9ff) can be approached by each of the following 7 outlines:
1) Question and Answer: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? of the New Birth;
2)D.I.E.: Definitions, Illustrations, Examples;
3)Comparison and Contrast: This (New Birth) Is Like God Desires; That (Less than New Birth) Is Unlike God Desires;
4) Topical: The New Birth is applied to chosen areas of life–physical life, mental life, emotional life, spiritual life;
5) Logical Outline: Causes of the New Birth; Effects of New Birth; Solutions for Delaying New Birth; Encouragement for Maintaining the Lifestyle of the New Birth;
6)Space Outline: Application to Alien Sinners; Faithful Christian; Erring Brethren;
7) 1 Point Application: 1 Peter 1:18ff The New Life Is Filled With Hope
Now, can you see what a wealth of material on this one subject can be assembled quickly as you use these various approach outlines?
LESSON 1: HEBREWS 4:1-3 assures us that ______________must be mixed with _________________in order to profit in God’s way of life. Now, give a few examples of this ‘mixture’.
LESSON 2: ACCORDING TO ISAIAH 40:31, ‘They that ‘wait’ upon the Lord renew their strength’. What does the word mean? (Hint: Strong’s or Young’s Exhaustive Concordance). Describe the activities of a person who is renewing his/her strength everyday;;;;;;;Answer;;;;;;;Wait carries the meaning of ‘intertwining’ our lives with the Lord (His Will) and as a rope begins with a single threads being intertwined together so our lives become stronger as we intertwine our lives with God and His Will. Applications: Visit others (With God); do good to others (With God); teach others; serve others, etc., etc. You will grow in strength mightily. Please check out this lesson with your study.
LESSON 3: New Testament study: Since Jesus left us an example that we should ________in his steps (I Peter 2:21-23), what is the subject of the context of this passage??? How can we imitate this walk with Jesus??
LESSON 4: Since we have worked with word studies, contextual studies and application studies, it is time to return to ‘word study’. Take a look at John 3:17. What does the word ‘condemn’ mean in this passage?
Notice the negative in the passage. Jesus did NOT come to condemn. How can this be a precious lesson for us ??
LESSON 5: THE CONTEXT of John chapter 10 presents our Lord Jesus at a certain time period of his earthly life and ministry. What is the context of this famous ‘I came that you might have life more abundantly’?? Who is speaking?? To Whom is the speaking being done?? At what point in the Lord’s ministry did he speak these words?
LESSON 6: Bible verses of Psalm 100. The knowledge of the presence of the Lord in our lives is the first step in a stronger walk with the Lord everyday. Mix 1 Timothy 6:11-14 with the Psalm 100 and you will finid wonderful applications. They are FL__; FOLL__; FIG__ and KE__. Herein is sacred advice as to how we may live a stronger life spiritually everyday. Hope you enjoy the reading and the many appplications of Paul in Timothy; but, begin with Psa. 100. SIX PRETTY GOOD SERMONS, OR SO I HAVE FOUND THEM TO BE.
LESSON 7: Once again in our WCA plan we have arrived at the Word Study section of study. What a wonderful set of words I have for you. As you probably have noted in the past, the word ‘minsiter’ in 1 Corinthians 4:1 is the ‘huperetes’–the under oarsman, serving official. By looking in Young’s Analytical Concordance, we find the ‘huperestes’ is translated ‘servants’ in Mark 14:54 and 65. Who are these servants and what did they do with our Lord Jesus? How many of you formerly thoght the servants were always those who served tables, wine and waited on the master’s clothing and fields? I look forward to your comments about the useage of ‘huperetes’ in I Corinthians. 4:1.
LESSON 8: THE SCRIPTURES call upon us to appreciate the ‘call ‘ of the gospel: Check 2 Thessalonians 2:14 for the passage which answers the context of ‘how’ such a calling is done. Hope you enjoy the context which lapses back into the first chapter and then down into the 3rd chapter as well. Answer, “Into what area did the gospel call them; and, in addition, in what area has the gospel called us?
LESSON 9: Hope you enjoyed the previous lesson RE: Calling of the Lord. NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE APPLICATION STUDY AGAIN; one which is found in Deuternomy 8:18 in which the Lord states “He gave men the ability to make wealth’. How can this be done? Applications are written all over this passage. It might help to look within self and determine how we ‘get money’. Remember the mental ability, the experiences of life ability as you make the applications of ‘getting wealth’.
LESSON 10: Here’s another WORD STUDY. This lesson will help you to use the exhaustive concordances or analytical concordances. You may have to ask a friend or check with your local church library for a copy of such concordances. Here’s the lesson: There are scores of times in the New Testament the word ‘Lord’ appears in reference to our Lord Jesus Christ. This word is used for a ‘rightful ruler’. An antonymn is found in a contrast you can make from Colossians 1:18 and 3rd John 1:9. Jesus is praised in Col. 1:18 and Diotrephes is held to scorn. What is the Greek word used which shows us that Jesus is in controle of our lives in the right way?______________
LESSON 11: Continuing the Word Studies, the Contextual Studies and the Application Studies, we, in this lesson, read about the Conversion of Saul of Tarsus. Please begin by reading of the account in Acts 9 as well as Romans 6:1-18. What a grand account it is! Please list in order the fundamental events of the account in Acts. Now, list the analysis of the event of Paul’s conversion as listed in Romans 6. In the Roman’s explanation, please list the personal pronouns he used to describe to the Romans that each had done the same things in coming to Christ. What they did resulted in his and their immersion into the death of Christ. Has each one of us done the same so we may be ‘new in life’??
LESSON 12: John 3:1-8 names the new birth. What is involvled? Now, use a Bible dictionary to locate two other locations in the New Testament where the new birth or born again words occur and describe the information given (a Bible concordance may be even quicker). Provide comparisons of the new birth with the accounts of conversion listed in Acts of the Apostles 2, Acts 8 and Acts 10. What is the place of faith, repentance, confession, baptism and Christ-like conduct in the new birth ??
LESSON 13: FELLOWSHIP WITH THE LIGHT should be applied (Application Study). Saved individuals are listed in the book of Ephesians. Observe Chapter 1 and verse 13….”In whom ye also trusted, after that ye hard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed witht he holy Spirit of promise.” King James Version. These facts imply a new way of life and joy. Please describe the fellowship which these believers followed. Listed in Chapter 5 verses 8–13….8 “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord; walk as children of light…..9. (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth:) 10. Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord….11. And ahve no felolowship with the unfruitful works of darkeness , but rat her reprove them. ” Now give some practical applications which dewscribe the type of fellowshp in the lfgiht using chapters 5 and 6 of Ephesians(for example the Obedience to Parents (6:1-4).
The 13 sample lessons have now been retyped. Trust any reader or student will profit.