Sermon Notes 2019 08 25 PM

August 25, 2019 PM

Dr. Michael Catt - 1918

#3 in series

The Living Bible

Can Someone Help Me Interpret the Bible? (part 2)
Matthew 5:17


Many people are scared of their Bibles. They aren't confident to read and study the Word on their own, and Scripture rarely comes alive in their hearts because, sadly, most of what they've learned about the Bible has come second-hand. In this series, we are going to dig into the Word and learn how to read it, study it, and apply it to our lives. You will gain practical and valuable tools to make the Word leap off the page and fill your life with the joy of discovering its living truth for yourself. In the last message, we laid a foundation for how the Bible was written, why it is unique, and why we should study it. Now we’ll begin building on that foundation with skills for observation and interpretation.

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In the Old Testament, God gave the law, festivals, ceremonies and sacrificial system to help the people see their need of a Savior. Far too often, these laws were misquoted, added to, or misapplied.

“Our Lord's mission was not to destroy, but to does Jesus gather up, realize and make possible the highest ideals ever inspired in human hearts or written by God's Spirit on the page of inspiration.” – F. B. Meyer


“Their rejection of Christ when He came to earth proved that the inner truth of the Law had not penetrated their hearts.” – Warren Wiersbe

Too many today are playing games with the Word of God. They seek to make it say what they want it to say. The word is the final authority for faith and practice. For instance, if I were to claim to have received new, extra Biblical truth, that would be heresy. The Holy Spirit has revealed the Son of God in the Word of God. There is no additional revelation. If we believe there is something to add to the Bible, we are nothing more than a cult group. Jude calls the Scriptures the “once for all delivered to the saints faith” – once for all means there's no need for additions or retractions. It's as relevant today as it was the day it was written. The word “delivered” is a Greek participle meaning it has been completed and stands complete. What about my experience? It must always be evaluated in light of Scripture.

“Experience coming to imperfectly sanctified sinners cannot help but have dross mixed in with the gold. No experience just by happening can authenticate itself as sent by God to further His work of grace.” – J. I. Packer

II. THE RULES OF INTERPRETATION (continued from previous message)

3) The revelation of God is a __.

“The Bible represents a movement of God with the initiative coming from God, and not man, in which God brings man up from the infancy of the Old Testament to the maturity of the New Testament.” – Bernard Ramm

- The Old Testament could be called the ABCs of faith.
- The New Testament could be called the XYZs of faith.

“The relevancy (of the Old Testament) does not lie in its ancient forms and institutions...not in its legal codes and ceremonial rites. Those belong to an ancient culture of an ancient world. They're not binding upon us today. The Old Testament's forms of belief and practice are not our forms...or they're not the model for our's the theology of those forms. For example, the sacrificial system is out of date, but not its message. The message is that man has sinned and atonement must be made. The theology, the message is relevant but the forms and methods are not. . . . We understand a sacrifice is required and in Jesus Christ that sacrifice has been made.” – Ron Dunn

Statements that aren’t based on Scripture:

4) We must distinguish between __.

“Distinguish the times and you will harmonize Scripture.” – Augustine

5) Scripture__. In Matthew 10, don’t ignore the obvious:

6) We must take into account __.

We need to distinguish between the different types of literature:

- __: written in a historical context with specific characters and events

- __: according to Rom. 6:6 we aren't under the law as a legal system, but we don't deny the principles behind the law

- __: are most often general truths based on observations not promises

- __: often uses figurative language; main characteristic is parallelism; there is symbolic language regarding God imagery to help us understand, but we don't really believe God has wings as it says in Psalm 17 or feathers as it says in Psalm 91 – it's a picture

- __: each writer had a specific audience

- __: a history of the early church; tells us what

God was doing in the early days of the church; a book of transitions

- __: written to churches and individuals; largely in the epistles where doctrine is established; most directly apply to us today

- __: apocalyptic, difficult to interpret; no matter how you interpret the time line, the message is clear – Jesus is coming back and will ultimately defeat evil