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topical Bible study? [message #816172] Mon, 14 March 2016 11:55 Go to next message
Karen in TN  is currently offline Karen in TN
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What have you found the best way to study topically in the Bible? I'm interested in studying spiritual warfare. I'm thinking it could be worded in so many different ways. How would you go about that? Not really looking for a boxed study, just the Bible.

Karen in tn

wife of 31 years to Richard, Mom to Matthew (26), Adra 24, Shelby 15, Samuel 13, and Ruby Grace 11. Homeschooling for 19 years.
Re: topical Bible study? [message #817057 is a reply to message #816172 ] Sat, 04 June 2016 21:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
janetR  is currently offline janetR
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I would start by listing or thinking of all those different ways it might be worded and first see what Jesus had to say about it, since Jesus is the final Word. (I might use a concordance, but my preferred method these days is to skim all four Gospels, stopping wherever I see the topic addressed.) Then I would branch out and look at how his followers waged it. Then I would look back into the Old Testament and see how people tried to do this before the Holy Spirit was available to live in them. For each of those phases of my study, I would be copying Scriptures in a notebook, praying as I copied. And often after copying a verse or verses I would reflect and write down my reflections, observations, experiences, impressions, etc. And I believe that an important part of the process is struggle. If Bible study does not cause me to question how I've been living, to realize that I need to change, then it is worthless (1 Cor. 8:1). So I spend a lot of time just sitting there with my eyes closed, arguing with God, arguing with myself, trying to get myself to a place where I'm willing to surrender. And the surrender is so sweet, so all-encompassing that it's ridiculous to think how long it takes me to get there. Smile

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Re: topical Bible study? [message #817069 is a reply to message #816172 ] Sun, 05 June 2016 14:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Leigh  is currently offline Leigh
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Vine's Dictionary of NT Words is on of my favorite tools. It gives word meanings and a lot of places where that particular word was used and the different ways it was translated. I also like a good, comprehensive concordance. I have a list of verses at my disposal and can find the passages that deal with my question.


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Re: topical Bible study? [message #817370 is a reply to message #816172 ] Tue, 28 June 2016 00:19 Go to previous message
praise2christ  is currently offline praise2christ
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A concordance is an invaluable tool. Something else that I do when preparing lessons for church is to do a Google search for the concept I'm teaching. (ex. "Bible verses about spiritual warfare." )

The results are lists of verses about whatever I'm searching. I then take that list and skim through it for what really addresses the idea I'm studying. With that list of verses available, I can then go read the chapters for context.

The only benefit I've found to doing this over a concordance is that the lists I find often contain verses without the exact word, but which still contain the idea I am looking for.

I recently did this for "Bible verses about God's faithfulness" and came up with a ton of verses I'm not sure I would have found otherwise. They didn't have the exact words I was thinking about, but they did contain the idea of God's faithfulness or examples of it.

Stacy, mom to 12-year-old boy/girl twins and a three-year-old boy.

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