These study techniques will enable you to:
- Remember larger portions of the Bible more accurately
- Reason through the Scripture
- Recognize how the Scriptures fit together
- Recognize the main and plain teachings of the Bible.
The scriptures had their origin in the heart and mind of God, lets listen to what He says (2 Pt 1:20-21).
I believe that a major part of Christian discipleship comes in the form systematic theology. But as a Christian, I must subject my systematic Theology to the clear and repeated truths in the Bible.
We have our theological trick ponies (mine is Apologetics and the existence of God), for the sake of this study method I am asking you to check your systematic Theology and Theological trick ponies at the door. If our systematic Theology and trick ponies are as rock solid as we believe them to be, then they will be verified quickly in the Bible.
These study techniques are inductive in nature because we are seeking to answer the question, “What does this text say?” If you are in John 3, you can also pull from from John 1-2 for those answers. You should not skip forward to John 8. Trust me everyone will remember John 3 very clearly when you get to John 8. If we are unsure of what John was trying to say, then say, “I don’t know what John is saying,” and do not yield to the feeling you have to find or read some deep spiritual insight into every verse.
Be willing to endure with the suspense as you would with a TV show, movie, or book series.
Trust the Author to take you to where you need to be.
Use clear passages to understand the unclear.
Albert Mohler published the great article A Call for Theological Triage and Christian Maturity. In order to gauge doctrines in Mohler’s proposed the theological triage, we need to know the Bible.