the need for careful Bible study
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Basic Study Principles
Using these study principles in a discussion of salvation by grace
Using these study principles in a discussion of "Once saved always saved."
Continuation of Lesson 3a
The apostle Paul used these same study principles
Putting our beliefs to the test

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May God bless you in your Bible study.

Honesty and integrity demand that we learn to be careful Bible students. But God's word also admonishes us to be diligent and careful in our studies:
2 Timothy 3:16-17,
"All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
This text explains both the origin and the purpose of scriptures:
The origin: "of God."  The purpose: "profitable for: doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness." It enables the man of God to be thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 2:15,
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
This text explains our obligation toward the scriptures.  We must study... and rightly divide the word of truth.
2 Peter 3:15-17,
"And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you. As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness."
This text explains that: Some can "wrest" the scriptures to their own destruction and that Christians can be led away with the error of the wicked and fall from their own steadfastness.
In summary, the Bible teaches us that: It is possible to mishandle God's word and to take a text out of context to one's own destruction.
It is also possible to be deceived and be led astray by others who are not careful in how they study.
Therefore how we study and properly handle the word of God is very important and essential to our understanding and salvation.

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