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10-01-17 Kevin Goins - Making the Most of God’s Word part 4

“Making the Most of God’s Word” (pt. 4) Ezra 7:10
We have seen that making the most of God’s Word requires that we work, study, and observe God’s Word in our life. Last Sunday we looked at the first two dimensions of observing God’s Word: Application and Memorization. The third component of observing God’s Word is Meditation. Today we need to answer two questions about meditating on Scripture.

I First, what is meditation?
   A. Meditation takes place when we s_____ d_______ and spend enough time with God’s Word so         that instead of t_________ about the text, we e___________ the text.
   B. Meditation is not about r_________ or s_________; it is about s__________.
       Meditating on Scripture is about w_________ it h_________ as if we were standing there; not         reading w_______, but observing l_______.
II Second, what can meditation do for us?
   A. First, meditation makes God’s Word more r______ to us, because it gives us a m______-     ________ experience.
   B. Second, meditation helps us to k______ God’s Word better, and, by knowing God’s Word better, we can g_______ in our relationship with God.
   C. Third, meditation increases the i________ of God’s t_______ in our life.
   D. Fourth, meditation gives us a sense of s________, s__________, and s____________.
   E. Fifth, meditation helps us to _______ God.
   F. Lastly, meditation makes it possible for us to interact with the Jesus who is a________ t________.

09-24-17 Kevin Goins - Making the Most of God’s Word pt.3

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“Making the Most of God’s Word” (pt. 3)   Ezra 7:10
We have seen that making the most of God’s Word requires work and study. Today we see that making the most of God’s Word requires that we observe it. How do we observe God’s Word?
I First, we apply it.
   A. What is application? Application is putting God’s Word, not into our heads, but putting it into action.
   B. Why should we apply God’s Word?
     1. We should apply God’s Word because it helps our understanding.
     2. We should apply God’s Word because that is how we get blessed.
     3. We should apply God’s Word because it keeps us from being deceived.
   C. How do we apply God’s Word?
     1. We need to expect something.
     2. We need to do something; we need to ask questions of the text.
        a. Does this text reveal something I should believe about God?
        b. Does this text reveal something for which I should praise or thank God?
        c. Does this text reveal something I should pray about for myself or others?
        d. Does this text reveal something I should have a new attitude about?
        e. Does this text reveal something I should make a decision about?
        f. Does this text reveal something I should do for the sake of Christ, others, or myself?
II Second, another way to observe God’s Word is to memorize it. -Why should we memorize Scripture?
   A. Memorizing Scripture helps us face the demands of each day.
   B. Memorizing Scripture helps us battle doubt.
   C. Memorizing Scripture helps us share our faith.
   D. Memorizing Scripture helps us find our way.

09-17-17 Kevin Goins - Making the Most of God’s Word pt.2

“Making the Most of God’s Word” (pt. 2)   Ezra 7:10

Last time we saw that making the most of God’s Word requires work. Today we see that making the most of God’s Word requires study. But, what is Bible study? I want to make five points about Bible study:
I First, there is a major difference between r_________ the Bible and s___________ the Bible.

II Second, not only does Bible study enrich our own spiritual life, Bible study prepares us for m__________.

III Third, Bible study takes __________.

IV Fourth, every believer in Jesus has a n_______-e__________ need to study God’s Word.

V Fifth, many believers in Jesus have ____ ________ how to study God’s Word.
-What do we do to study the Bible?
A. Adler gives us three steps which focus on the book itself:
1. Think about the s_____________.
2. Think about the m____________.
3. Think about whether you a_________.
B. Adler gives us three steps which focus on ourselves:
1. Think about our e_____________.
2. Think about o_______ b________.
3. Think about our d____________ with o________.

08-27-17 Kevin Goins - Making the Most of God’s Word

“Making the Most of God’s Word”   Ezra 7:10

Today we come to the spiritual discipline which has to do with God’s Word. Ezra 7:10 tells us that we need to study God’s Word. But before we get to the specifics of study, this passage gives us some bad news: making the most of God’s Word through study is hard work. Why is it work?
I First, it is work because we must seek God’s truth w________ it is f__________.

II Second, it is work because we must seek God’s truth in the m__________ in which it is to be found.

III Third, it is work because our study has to be r____________ o_____ and o_____ again.

IV Studying God’s Word is work, but what exactly do we mean by studying God’s Word?
-“The difference between Bible reading and Bible study is a _________ and a ______.”


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