Sermon Notes 2019 11 24 PM

November 24, 2019 PM

Dr. Michael Catt - 1934

#8 in series

The Living Bible

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. In the last message, we talked about how to study a book as a whole. In this message, we’ll break this down into even smaller segments and look at tips for studying a chapter.

For further study, this series is available online at

“The Bible is the Word of God in such a way that when the Bible speaks, God speaks.” – B. B. Warfield

If you get a handle on personal Bible study there is fruit that will evident to you and others:

1) It will __ you. (Psalm 1:1-3)

2) It will cause you to __. (1 Peter 2:2)

3) It will help you __. (Hebrews 5:11-14)

4) It will make you __. (2 Timothy 3:16,17)


The Three Essentials of Bible Study are:

1) OBSERVATION: What do I see?

2) INTERPRETATION: What does it say or mean?

3) APPLICATION: How does it work?


Recommendations for a Chapter Study:

Genesis 1-3: The Fall, Genesis 7: The Flood, Genesis 22: Sacrifice, Exodus 12: Passover, Exodus 20: The Law, Exodus 32: Idolatry, Isaiah 52, 53: Messiah, Daniel 6: Prayer, Matthew 5-7: The Beatitudes, Matthew 13: Parables, Mark 10: Eternal Life, Luke 10: Service, Luke 18: Prayer, John 1: Divinity, John 3: Salvation

Other chapters to consider:

Psalm 1, Psalm 37, Proverbs 3, Acts 2, 3, 1 Corinthians 6, 2 Corinthians 4

What's the main __?

Who are the main ?

What's the ?

What's the ?>

What are the main ?

What should I ?

What do I need to ?


A Suggested Chapter Summary Chart:

1) Caption: Give the chapter a short title, one word if possible. Look for a key word as a title.

2) Contents: Describe, summarize, paraphrase, outline the major points.

3) Chief Characters: Who are the main people? Why are they included? Why are they significant?

4) Choice Verse: Find the verse that possibly summarizes the whole chapter.

5) Crucial Words: Find the one or ones used most frequently, words on which the passage hinges.

6) Challenges: Are there any difficulties? Statements you don't understand? Words you need to clarify?

7) Cross References: Use a study bible, concordance, or Gospel parallel.

8) Central Lesson: What are the major principles? Major insights? Why does this passage appear?

9) Conclusion/Application: How does this apply to me, and what am I going to do about it?


“Why can't we just open the Word, read what we're supposed to do, and then do it? Why do we have to go to so much trouble to understand the text? The answer is that time and distance have thrown up barriers between us and the Biblical writers, which block our understanding. We need to appreciate what those roadblocks are: 1) Language barriers. The Bible was written in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic languages. 2) Cultural barriers. The Bible is a product and presentation of cultures that are dramatically different from our own – and also different from each other. 3) Literary barriers. 4) Communication barriers. We must contend with breakdowns in the communication process.” – Howard Hendricks



1) What is the main subject? What is my title for this chapter?

2) What is a possible outline of the chapter?

3) Who are the main people? Who is speaking or being spoken to?

4) Does the passage say anything to me about Christ? What can I learn about Christ or the Christian life from this chapter?

5) What is the key or main verse? Why is this here?

6) What is the central lesson? What does it mean?

7) What are the main promises?

8) What are the main commands?

9) What error or sin should I avoid?

10) What example is here for me? Possible applications?

- I should examine my life and see if I'm __.

- I should examine myself on a consistent basis to see if I'm __.

- I should make sure I know the conditions __.

- I should make sure I am living out the evidences of __.

- I should make sure I understand the true meaning of my __.

- I should make sure that I understand there __.

- I should ask myself, what are the evidences that I am __.

11) What do I need to do today as a result of studying this chapter?