All Resources on The Bible
Some of God’s commands in the Bible are very difficult, if not impossible. Therefore, we need to pay close attention to the promises in Scripture that accompany God’s commands and equip us with God’s power to do the impossible.
There are two major ground clauses (“for” or “because”) in 1 John 5:3–4. Pastor John focuses in on these two for’s to see the relationship between our love for God, our love for others, and our obedience to God's commands. In doing so, he uncovers our victory in Christ.
Look for promises in Scripture that rest in the never-changing character of God, and therefore are true for his people throughout all of history, even for us today. God gives us a broader, general principle about himself and his ways using a specific event in biblical history.
When you see personal pronouns (e.g. he, she, etc.), identify to whom they are referring. Is the writer speaking about his audience? If so, who is the audience? Is he speaking about believers or nonbelievers? To understand the passage, we have to identify the relevant parties.
God is completely consistent in all he does, but he is also very complicated. What looks like a contradiction in God is always only a limitation in our understanding. In this lab, Pastor John asks how God could cause his children grief and remain compassionate towards them.
In episode 435, Pastor John discusses the importance of reading the Bible for yourself.
In episode 434, Pastor John discusses the relevance the Bible has to every Christian's daily life.
In episode 428, Pastor John discusses his thoughts on the price of a Bible.
When studying a paragraph of the Bible, break it down into individual propositions and ask questions about how each line relates to the one before it and after it. Focus in particular on connecting words (e.g. “for”, “so that”, “by”, etc.).
In episode 395, Pastor John suggests Bible study resources.
When we find lists in the Bible, we should ask how the items in the list relate to one another. In 2 Timothy 3:14–17, Paul says Scripture is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training. Pastor John tries to identify, explain, and differentiate each reason for continuing in the Word.
In episode 386, Pastor John discusses the ways that God speaks to us through his word.
In episode 384, Pastor John gives counsel to those who are bored with their Bible reading.
We take some words in the Christian vocabulary for granted. 2 Corinthians offers a definition of love that you may not have considered. By paying close attention, we can find keys to loving people more truly and effectively. We also learn what’s behind the kind of generosity that pleases God.
In episode 302, Pastor John discusses the importance of testing all claims about heaven with the Bible.
In episode 285, Pastor John discusses the literary nature of the Song of Solomon.
In episode 284, Pastor John shares thoughts for new believers on reading the Bible wisely.
In episode 276, Pastor John talks about the implications of technology on Bible memorization.
In episode 275, Pastor John talks about the practicals of daily Bible reading.
In episode 274, Pastor John talks about using a digital Bible in the church’s corporate gatherings.
In episode 272, Pastor John shares why he considers Romans 3:25 to be the most important verse in the Bible.