essentials of Learning and Teaching the word of god

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I gave this study to a small group of believers in the 1980s at a Messianic Jewish congregation in Philadelphia led by Pastor Herb Links.  It was designed as a foundational study followed by various other studies.  I updated this study with reference links to an online NIV Bible translation, although you may want to bring your own Bible if you are more comfortable with your own translation.

In Messiah's Gracious Freedom,

Marshall Beeber
MLC Administrator


1. The aim of teaching God's word.  (1 Timothy 1:3-5)

2. Warning against vain knowledge.  (2 Timothy 4:3-4, 1 Timothy 6: 20)

3. Teaching God's word is a responsibility (James 3:1)

4. Admonition to teach the Word with assuredness, rather than timidity. (2 Tim. 1:7-8, Ephesians 6:18-19)

5. Admonition for objectivity when interpreting prophecy (2 Peter 1:20)

6. Instruction to test all supposed " truths", in the light of the Gospel (1 John 4:1-2)

7. Assuredness that God is not the author of chaos, but rather man is, when he renders God's truths uninterpretable by a relativistic approach (Isaiah 45:18-19)

8. The word of God, activated by the Holy Spirit, becomes the force in our lives that reveals our inward selves to us. (Hebrews 4:12-13)

9. The Holy Spirit teaches us God's nature through the scripture, and then correspondingly through reality. (Psalm 119:105, John 3:12)

10. Without the "Word" as God's revelation of His thoughts to mankind, we would be in chaos about what truly is God's will. (Hebrews 4:2, Ephesians 1:9-10)

1l. God's word becomes our joy when we understand how His word directs us to, blessed as faithful disciples. (Psalm 119: 97-104)



The Scriptures, as well Jesus! own personal statements are against an anti- intellectual approach to faith. Faith without an intelligent commitment is blind faith. Blind faith doesn't depend on God's word for revelation, but rather on impulse.

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