This week I want to do something that I have not dome around here for a long time. This week, instead of giving you my final notes on the passage, we are going to study Mark 2:18-22 together. I will use many of the same steps that I uses HEREwhen I did a series on sermon preparation. This time I am going to skip of the steps that include any Greek work, and focus on practical and important principles for studying the bible.
At the outset, it is important to understand the goal of bible study. We are not just looking for factoids about a given passage. God inspired writer and preserved a text in order to impact our lives with His truth. This means that we must seek to uncover what truth the original author had in mind, and then we must mine out all the implications that truth has for our lives.
This process must begin with prayer & a simple reading of the text.
- Prayer – take the time to pray over your study. Prayer for you own heart, and pray that the Lord will help you to understand and apply His word to your life.
- Reading – Read the text over and over again. Be familiar with it. Know it inside and out. Once you have read through it several times then sit down with a pen and paper and just start writing any questions that come to your mind. You may come back to these questions later, or the answers may become evident as you do a little more study. Either way, just make sure that your expending the “brain energy” on the passage.
Let’s start together with Mark 2:18-22:
- Spend some time praying before you even open you bible. Then keep praying thoughout the proccess.
- Read the passage and write down your questions:
18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20 The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”