Bible Study Methods

The head of a wife is her husband.

Uh, oh!

Studying the Bible, some of us neither want to dig deeper nor even want to know what God says in His Word regarding delicate topics like finances, submission under authority or teaching our own children. If we do come across a topic that makes us feel a little uncomfortable to talk about, we will usually give our best to explain what (we think) God really says in specific Bible verses. But that’s a topic for another day’s post 😉

Today I want to talk about two different methods of studying the Bible. Before I do I want to mention what my former pastor used to tell us – his congregation:”Context! Context! Context!” This is so true. Be careful whenever you come across a single verse that was taken out of context. It might seem to say something completely different than what it really says within its context.

Having said that, let’s tackle the two methods.

Deductive Study

For this method you’ll take a topic and then go to the Scripture to find out what the Word says about it. You’ll dig deeper and find verses that either support or disprove a general statement. In short, you’ll start with the general and work your way to the details.

I think a notable danger of this method is that we can literally read something into the text that isn’t there.

Inductive Study

Using this method you’ll go the opposite way: You’ll start with the verses, the details found in the Bible and build a general statement by digging deeper into the meaning of these verses. It’s more like an exegesis approach: We’ll take the words as fact and go from there.

I prefer to study God’s Word using this Inductive* Method. I have found that, even though we are not completely protected from errors of interpretation, it seems easier for me to discover what God really says and to apply it in my own life.  Bible Study and Devotional Writing

 

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Privacy Issues and Content

UPDATE (20th September 2018)

Nearly two weeks have passed since my last post. Usually, when I have some things coming up, I’ll write a post or two ahead of time and schedule them — so that the blog will continue no matter what. Not this time, though.

There were a lot of things on my mind lately. I needed some time, and perhaps some distance from the blog, to research and to reconsider a few issues. One of them concerns privacy (yours and also my own), the other one regards the content of future posts at AbleToPerform. This is going to be a somewhat longer post, please bear with me. Thank you!

Privacy

You might have heard of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) or stumbled across it while on a website that is located in the EU. It’s in force since May of this year and regulates how the individual’s data should be handled. The document has an overwhelming amount of pages to it. I wonder if anyone can grasp all the meaning behind this judicial jargon? Anyway, I spent quite some time researching how this could affect my blog.

So I dived into all this legal wording and got more and more confused over it. I went the extreme way, I’ll have to admit, and took all of sharing buttons and the contact form off the blog and even disabled the likes. Why? Because there is so much warning out there about how people, third parties and social networks collect data — yours and mine. I didn‘t want to give any opportunity to anybody collecting information from my readers. I treasure my own privacy and sensible data as well as that of my readers.

By now I have calmed down a bit, taken the time to create a Privacy Policy for this blog (legal stuff, you know) and decided to bring back goodies like sharing buttons, contact form (gosh, it has been quite for a while) and the comments.

I‘m still holding on to my promise that I have absolutely no interest in collecting and storing any of your data. However, I need to let you know that your data (e.g. your name, email address, and perhaps the gravatar profile you are sharing) is collected and stored, at least for some time, as soon as you are on the contact form page or go to a post that has sharing buttons and is open to post comments. You can read more about this in the Privacy Policy.

Future Content

In future posts, I want to continue and even do some more posts on keeping the home. This is so much on my heart! I want to share what I have found worked in my own life as a Christian homemaker. My goal is to admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands that the word of God may not be blasphemed (Titus 2:4-5 NKJV).

In Bible Study and Devotional Writing I mentioned something called an Inductive Study. I have found that studying the Bible using this method I’m gaining so much more insight into God’s Word. That’s why I want to use it more often in my writing, too.

In all of this I need to ask your grace and that you’ll bear with me on this new journey. Thank you to all my faithful readers for staying with me.

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Right Motive

Have you ever asked yourself: Why should I be hosting guests? For what reason? For whom am I doing this?

In my last post I wrote about hospitality. Today I would like to talk a little bit more about the motive of inviting people to our homes.

I’ve told you that I grew up in a home where entertaining guests had been very important. My parents always had masses of food for their guests: meat and sausages to BBQ, along with salads and other side dishes and all kinds of desserts. There was also an abundance of drinks available to choose from, including a variety of beers, sodas, juices and more. The people that came to our house did not need to lift a finger — just sit at the table and wait to be served.

You see, my parents loved to spoil their guests. Their motive? I’m not sure. But I do know that I haven’t been on the right track of hospitality for a long time…

Yes, I’ve always loved it when people were coming over either to my parents’ house when I was younger or later on to my own home. From early on I’ve learned that the house needs to be prepared for guests to arrive, so I’ve kept that up: making sure all the windows are cleaned, all countertops and basins are wiped thoroughly and shiny, all floors are spotless and all the food is planned and prepared to be cooked and served. And that kind of perfectionism was in my system for a long, long time. I was able to relate to my parents’ stress of hosting guests. I began to feel the same way: wanting to have everything perfectly clean and set up before their arrival, worrying of doing a great job while entertaining them, and then longing to have everything clean up and in order again after the guests left.

And, you know what? Eventually it wore me out. I started asking myself: Why am I doing this? For what? For whom? Am I still a good host?

In this world we are so driven by what other people think about us, aren’t we? We want to please them: our parents, our mate, our children, other family members and friends.

Then, we can be driven by wanting to please ourselves: we want to feel good over what we have given — our time, our money and the things we’ve bought for others.

What a different hosting of guests this would be if it were driven by doing (all) things as to the LORD and not as to men (Colossians 3:23)?

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