Application (Part 2)

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Intro: Last week we looked at a five different ways the Bible applies to us. This was a broad overview. Tonight we are going to cover a several questions that we should be asking once we have already implemented the two steps of  1.Observation and 2 Interpretation. Once we recognize how to glean application from each type of  the 5 different types of application we can ask the following 9 questions: SPACEPETS
I. Direct commands - A direct call to action to do something or to abstain from it.
II. General truths - universal truths that can be applied to many different situations and scenarios.
Example: Eph. 4:32 - Be kind. In my current situation what does it mean to be kind?
III. Direct Analogy - Looking at passages in the bible that would provide clarity for how I am to act and think about a situation that are not directly mentioned in the Bible.
"Those actions of persons and groups are to be judged morally wrong which are similar to actions that are judged to be wrong or against God's will under similar circumstances in Scripture, or are discordant with actions judged to be right or in accord with God's will in Scripture." - James Gustafson
Example: Does the Bible directly condemn recreational use of Marijuana?
So what examples in scripture can give us clarity on this issue?
Prov. 20:1 , Ephes 5:18 , Gal. 5:21  -  These verses deal with the use of alcohol to the point of drunkeness. The issue then is sobriety. Does using marijuana compromise the command of being sober? A: yes
IV. Indirect Analogy - When a passage of scripture teaches us by example instead of by a stated rule (Think manly the O.T. narratives.)
( children's Sunday school lessons) example: Jacob and Esau
Jacob deceived Esau. Because of Jacob's deception he lost his family and had to flee. Immediate application is to tell the truth in everything. Deceptive living will cause trouble.
Temptation: missing the picture of God's redemptive plan unfolding and not connecting the O.T. narratives to the Gospel.
V. Indirect Extension - The parts of scripture that are composed of neither direct commands nor generally applicable truths. These are big picture truths. instead of looking through a microscope your looking at the narrative of scripture from panoramic view.
Is there a SIN to confess?
Has the light of Scripture illuminated an area of your life that needs confession and forgiveness?
Is there a PROMISE to claim?
There are more than 7,000 promises in God’s Word. Does the passage you’ve read contain a universal promise or a specific promise to a particular person or group? If it is universal, ask yourself whether you’ve met the conditions of the promise.
Is there an ATTITUDE to change?
Is there something you need to think about differently? Do you struggle with pride, apathy, covetousness, or anger? Confess and commit to change.
Is there a COMMAND to obey?
Obedience is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).
Is there an EXAMPLE to follow?
Are there positive examples to follow or negative examples to avoid? What aspects of the individual lives recorded in Scripture should you imitate? What should you avoid?
Is there a PRAYER to pray?
There are many recorded prayers in the Bible. Praying God’s Word back to Him is powerful!
Is there an ERROR to avoid?
It’s wise to learn from experience, and it’s even wiser to learn from the experience of others! What can you learn from the errors in the passage you’ve studied?
Is there a TRUTH to believe?
Often, we’ll read something in Scripture that we can’t do anything about. We simply must believe what it says about God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the past, the future, Heaven, Hell, or other topics in the Bible. When you come across a truth to believe, spend some time praising God for His wisdom and plan.
Is there SOMETHING for which to praise God?
You can always find something in a passage for which you can be grateful to God.
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