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     1. Acts 17:11 - A person of noble character is willing to examine the words of another.

     2. Matthew 4:4 - Man's life is dependent upon the word of God.

     3. Deuteronomy 29:29 - God has revealed His message, so that we can learn and follow.

     4. Revelation 1:3 - We will be blessed (happy) if we listen to the Lord.

     5. 2 Corinthians 1: 13 - Basically, everything we read in the Bible can be understood.




     1. Common Sense will help us in our study of the Bible.

                a. Read the Bible.  Don't just search for details.  Really, read, preferably whole books.

                b. Remember that the characters of the Bible were real people.  Their thoughts are real.

                c. Keep an awareness of the different time periods.  The Saul of 1 Samuel lived over

                   1000 years before the Saul of Acts.  Try not to get mixed up due to time differences.

                d. Don't be hasty in your applications.  It is difficult to make conclusions without a lot of

                    study, prayer, and wisdom.  Peter's thoughts may not always apply to Paul's message.

                    2 Peter 3:14-16

                e. If it says that it is figurative language, then don't try to understand it in a literal way.


     2. Study Tools can be very helpful.

                a. Concordance - useful for:  finding passages, developing topics, examining language

                b. Topical Bible - useful for:  developing topics, examining language, as a dictionary

                c. Study Bible - useful for:  cross-examination of a topic, finding a synonymous passage

                d. Greek Lexicon & Interlinear - useful for:  understanding the meaning of N.T. words


     3. Meditation is a godly exercise.

                a. Psalm 1:1-3 - the godly man meditates on the word of God at all times.

                b. Psalm 119 (vs. 97,112) - our love for the word will keep it in our hearts and minds

                c. Meditation is deep thought involving concentration, cross-examination and prayer.


     4. Personal Character is required in order to attain a true knowledge of the Word.

                a. Genuineness - without this virtue, a person only seeks for his own advantage

                b. Openness - an open heart and mind lead to truth, wisdom, and freedom

                c. Humility - when we realize that we need God, then nothing else matters as much



     1. Don't ever be ashamed to ask a question or to say "I don't know."  This shows honesty. 

                The apostles asked a simple question in Matthew 24 and Jesus spoke a great lesson.

     2. If you have the ability to read - DO IT !  If you cannot read - ask someone to read to you.

                Reading or listening is the best way to understanding.

     3. Be more concerned with the overall theme of a book, instead of with the individual details.

                Remember Jesus said that the great themes were more important (Matthew 23:23).

     4. When you have studied all you know, then study all you can.  When you have studied all

                you can, remember that your salvation is dependent upon God's grace, not upon

                your ability to understand perfectly.  No matter how much we know, only the Lord saves!


IV. MEMORY VERSE -  Deuteronomy 29:29

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