In either the year 2000 or 2001 (I can’t quite place it), I spent a significant and formative week with David Jackman. His teaching and instruction have dramatically shaped my development as a preacher of God’s Word. I hope this short article by David may help shape the trajectory of your life as well, as you commit to becoming Word Focused.
Last time we looked at starting a regular pattern of Bible study.
It’s a great discipline to cultivate, so that we constantly have input from the Lord into our thinking. Paul talked about the value of Scripture in terms of teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness in 2 Timothy 3.16 and we all need all these ministries as we seek to grow in our knowledge and love of God. But no Scripture exists independently of the whole.
Context is important
So, whether we are dealing with one verse or a whole book, we do have to set each text in its context if we are going to understand it properly.
I remember a missionary to the Arab world telling me that before he began that work he had several times been arrested by the command, ‘You shall not go down into the land of Egypt’. Was this a word…
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