Recap 01 Bible Study Methods (Matt) 9-27-16

Because of time limitations related to my Brazil trip, there is no full class recap this week.  Below I’ve pasted some slides and videos I used this week as well as my speaking notes in case they will be of some help.


Here is the ridiculous sermon in which Jesse Duplantis completely ignores reasonable rules of observation so he ends up with an outlandish interpretation of Genesis 2.  The youtube video is located at I’ve embedded it below so it will be easier to view on this WordPress site.  No rights to this material are implied by their appearance on this site.

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  1. To recognize the necessity to read literature according to its own form
  2. To practice all of our observational skills

Talk about Thomas Van Thwam Lian


-“Contradiction” analogy

  1. The speed limit on Old Alabama Road is 35 MPH
  2. Bill got a ticket for driving 55 on Old Alabama road
  3. Bill drives 100 miles an hour on Old Alabama Road all the time
  4. The speed limit on Old Alabama road is 45 Miles an hour

– Prophecy and Scripture:

If someone is genuinely hearing from God, I want to know about it. If God is providing more revelation, we need to write it down and put inside the covers of the Bible.  If God is giving extra-biblical revelation today, it is every bit as binding, authoritative and necessary for sanctification as everything else He’s said.

Importance of details:

How would the meaning change if you switch “a” for “the” in Mat:9:6, John 14:6, Acts 17:24?

The “What” see universalism and baptism of the dead in 1 Cor 15:22, 29

The “Where and When” see Israel at the crucifixion and resurrection.  “In the fullness of time” “At just the right time.” Acts 2:5, Gal 4:4, Rom 5:6


Jesse Duplantis video

  • Gen 6:17
  • Acts 17:25-28, Romans 11:33-36; Col 1:16-17
  • 2 Peter 3:10-13

Spurgeon quote



Pages 41-42

Jeremiah 2:1-3:5 (Prostitute Israel)

Rev 7:1-8:13 (Excerpts) (Silence in Heaven)

Acts 7:44-60 (Stoning of Stephen)



Literary form 1

Pages 43-44

Narrative- Descriptive (indirect)

Danger: Overemphasizing details that are ancillary to the main point. (Acts 25:1-12)

Danger- Treating Narrative passages like a guidebook (Mark 5:35-43)

Acts 27 Observation Exercise

Discourse- prescriptive (direct)

John 13:6-17 (foot washing)

James 3:1-12 (Taming the tongue) Very easy to miss the point about teaching and about the source for an evil tongue

Danger- narrowing a passage to isolation 2 Cor 5:7 (2 Cor 5:1-10) Philippians 4:13 (Phil. 4:10-13)

8:30-8:45 (Break)


Literary form 2

Pages 45-46


Sos 6:4-9

Psalm 91

Ecc. 3:9-22

Psalm 11 (particularly v3)

See Prov 15 for examples of Hebrew parallelism

Psalm 46:10 for  need to complete a thought.



Revelation 2:1-7

Jer 29:11 (Jer 13:14, 18:11)

Danger- iIt’s not about America and it’s not about you.


Jonah 1 Observation work

Homework: Pages 47-55 and Jonah 2

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