GUILDFORD CHURCH, Perth, Western Australia, April 8 – Members and friends of Guildford church are currently attending a Bible Research seminar entitled, ‘Living By Every Word’.
Gerson Robles (the speaker for the seminar) explained the purpose of the meetings, “We want all our members and friends of the church to know how to research the Bible not only to become well versed in the truth, but to know how to listen to the voice of God through His Word in a very practical and applicable way.”
The seminar is based on Matthew 4:4 which says, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Two simple methods of Bible research are being taught, the ‘Keyword/Miller’ method and the ‘Questions/Journal’ method.
The Keyword/Miller method is named after the man who made it famous – William Miller. In 1884, Ellen White wrote about the use of this method when she commented how Bible students in her day used it: “Those who are engaged in proclaiming the third angel's message are searching the Scriptures upon the same plan that Father Miller adopted.” RH, November 25, 1884 par. 23. After outlining the rules to governing this method, Sr White wrote, “The above is a portion of these rules; and in our study of the Bible we shall all do well to heed the principles set forth.” RH, November 25, 1884 par. 25.
The, ‘Questions & Journal’ method is suited more for personal devotion. The aim of this method is to take any portion of Scripture and by asking simple questions, the meaning of the text becomes applicable to one’s life in a very personal and practical way.
This method is based on 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Each one of these highlighted areas gives meaning to the text considered. Questions are then asked based on these four areas. The questions asked are personal and as practical as possible. The purpose of this method is to aid in meditating upon the Word of God and to take the meaning of the text and apply it to one’s real life experience. These findings can then be written in a journal.
If you would like more information about this seminar email Gerson Robles: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the June edition of “Good Tidings Magazine” Vol 64 #2 (Colour Print edition) we will outline both these methods further. If you haven’t already, subscribe now to the “Good Tidings Magazine” (Print Edition) See your local Literature Secretary or email RLPA (email@example.com) for subscription pricing.