“A Proper Hermeneutic”
The Bible is a gift from God to man. The words in the Bible are God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Written by about 40 authors over a span of 1400 years it is a cohesive collection of revelation. The mind of God has been revealed to the mind of man in such a way that man can understand it (Ephesians 3:3-4). Amazing.
But Bible study is not easy. And if you think it’s easy you’re doing it wrong. The branch of theology that deals with how we study the Bible is called Hermeneutics. The term comes from the mythological figure, Hermes, who was the messenger of the “gods.” His work was to take what the “gods” said, bring it down to man, and interpret it for them. If you recall, when Paul and Barnabas visited Lystra, the locals called Paul “Hermes” because he did all the talking (Acts 14:12). Case in point, Peter said that difficult things Paul wrote were twisted and misapplied by those who were unstable and untaught (2 Pet 3:16).
The point is that if we must be careful how we study the Bible. It is not enough to simply read it. We need to understand it correctly then rightly apply it. As Paul told Timothy, Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15). Another way to say that is, develop a proper hermeneutic. Our Bible Study classes are designed to help you do just that.