NextLevel Online: How to Read the Bible

Session 2: Read with humility.

Your character is just as important to understanding the Bible as your method. Technique is important but humility is paramount.



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  • Your character is just as important to understanding the Bible as your method.

  • Technique is important but humility is paramount.

  • The key character ingredient to reading well is “readiness to obey.”

    • Psalm 119.60: I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.

    • Psalm 25.9: He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

  • If you don’t plan on heeding, don’t plan on hearing.

  • What this means in practice is, first of all, that we pray.

  • And secondly, this means we check our assumptions at the door.

    • We all have them, but only some of them stink.

      • No one comes to Scripture without assumptions.

      • Assumptions can either help or hinder faithful interpretation.

    • What should we do with our assumptions?

      • Recognize… Become aware of what we think without thinking.

      • Evaluate… Think through how our assumptions hold up against the Bible.

      • Submit… Allow our assumptions to be confirmed or corrected by the Bible.

  • Never underestimate the importance of letting Scripture tell you how it is rather than the other way around.

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The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.