Background Scripture:

Acts 17: 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Podcast Sections:

0:00 Introduction. Review of last week’s program
0:51 Boundaries on studying the Bible
2:39 The first boundary: Uniqueness, looking to make our understanding unique
2:50 Sometimes the meaning is clear, we make it too complex
4:42 It’s tempting to try to come up with new understandings
7:58 The second boundary: Institutionalism, using the Bible to prove our beliefs
9:18 Sometimes we come to the text asking the wrong questions
12:20 Bible advice for teens heading to college
15:06 The third boundary: Making sense. Does it make good sense in the context of scripture?
17:33 The wrathful God of the Old Testament versus the mellow God of the New Testament
18:00 Jesus didn’t restrict certain types of people from the Church
20:30 If you hear a teaching that doesn’t make sense, go to the Bible to test it

  • Question 01
    After listening to the first two programs on Bible study, do you think Bible study is easy? Is it easy to understand the Bible?
  • Question 02
    Chris and Sam discussed how Bible study can go wrong if you start study in the wrong state of mind. They mentioned using the Bible to prove our belief is true instead of seeking the truth (7:58); trying to view verses in a brand new way that no one has thought of before (2:39 and 4:42); and focusing on the wording in a single passage, even if your understanding doesn’t fit the surrounding verses or the Bible as a whole (15:06). What other approaches to study have you seen that can lead you to wrong results?
  • Question 03
    Chris gave advice for teens heading to college where they may find new perspectives to Christianity and life (12:20). When we find a startling, different teaching in the Bible, how should we react?
  • Question 04
    Chris and Sam discussed how some people have trouble connecting the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament (17:33). Has this been a problem for you? Do you have advice for people trying to reconcile the Old and New Testaments?
  • Question 05
    Bonus Question: After answering questions #2 and #4, consider a passage from 2 Peter 3:16b-17 (View in Digging Deeper). How can we avoid being confused by people twisting scripture?