Handling the Scriptures Aright

by Terry Wane Benton Confusion is present when the scriptures are not “handled aright” (II Timothy 2:15). False teachers handle the word of God “deceitfully” (II Corinthians 4:2). There are basics to handling the scriptures carefully and correctly. Know who is writing, and who they were writing to. We are reading these documents second-hand. They…

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Bible Stories

Text: II Peter 1:16-21   I.         “Grandpa, read me a story.”             A.        Children love hearing a story and so stories are selected to teach the children some lessons             B.        Most of us don’t grow out of the desire to hear a story. Whether from reading a book or hearing a podcast or watching a movie, stories have a…

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That’s Your Interpretation!

Text: II Peter 1:10-21   I.         When you want to read a book which was written in French, but you don’t know French, what do you do?             A.        You find an interpretation of the French book into a language you know.             B.        An interpreter copies the meaning of something from one language into another language.             C.        But can you…

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The People Who Get to Understand

by Matthew W. Bassford Classical Calvinism teaches that it is impossible for the unregenerate to understand the word of God. We first must be anointed by the Holy Spirit before we can comprehend it and be saved. At first glance, Matthew 13:11 appears to support this doctrine. Here, Jesus says to His disciples, “Because the…

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Understanding the Bible

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ezra 7:6-10   I.         God has given us the truths we need             A.        It will make us perfect – II Timothy 3:16-17             B.        It tells us how to live life and to be godly – II Peter 1:2-4             C.        What is written will help us believe – John 20:30-31 II.        The answers we seek from…

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Considering the Context

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text:   II Timothy 2:14-18   I.         My wife and I have done it numerous times and I’m sure it has happened to you as well. We’ll be talking about someone we know and then a comment is made that leaves you totally puzzled. So-and-so doesn’t have a relative by that name; at least,…

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The Helper

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: John 16:1-15   I.         Lifting a few statements from their context can often make a writer appear to say things he never intended.             A.        It happens in politics all the time, and it happens in religion as well.             B.        In his last hours, Jesus made a series of promises concerning the Helper that…

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How can I figure out the truth when so many people disagree?

Question: This is part of the problem I’ve been having: If something is part of the Old Law then why don’t Jews today try to make homosexuality a death penalty in places like Florida, Israel, or anywhere there’s a large Jewish population? It is this inconsistency between people and what’s said in the Bible that…

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How can I check my own understanding if I misunderstand the Bible?

Question: How can I check my own understanding in comparison to the Bible, if I misunderstand the Bible itself? Answer: “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17). The first point to realize is that the Bible is understandable. Yes, people do twist the teachings of God,…

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