One of the best ways to interpret Scripture is by using Scripture, or in other words, using cross-references. In the Bible there are around 340,000 cross-references (OpenBible.info) that can help you explore the unity and common themes between the Old and New Testaments. On top of biblical cross-referencing, WORDsearch can help you explore your entire library to find mentions of the verse you are looking for to help you build out a sermon or lesson.
With 66 books written at different times, by different people, and for different purposes, the Bible can be confusing even to seasoned students of Scripture. One can easily get lost in the details and lose sight of the big picture—you can read an Old or New Testament book and miss its overall themes and messages. Fortunately, there exists a tool that can remedy this problem and bring clarity to potential confusion—the Bible survey.
Welcome to today’s WORDsearch Roundup, everything you might have missed this week, all in one place.
This week we released an additional two volumes to the Sermon Starters set by John Butler. Even though they are titled Sermon Starters, these are far more than starters. Each concentrates on a single Bible verse and contains an outline of 4 to 6 crisply alliterated sermon (or lesson) points as only this master of alliteration can do. But why don’t you see for yourself what these sermons can do for you? Read an excerpt below from Volume 7 on Unbelief.
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“On the other hand, the author argues, Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses. It is difficult to appreciate just how powerfully radical a statement that would have been to first-century Jewish ears. The author provides perspective, explaining that the builder of the house is necessarily greater than the house he builds. While Moses belonged to the house of Israel, the chosen family of faith, that household had been built by the Messiah. His faithfulness proved flawless.”
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Who among us doesn’t want to study their Bible better? I know I do! As I’m a seminary student, over the years there have been a few handy things I have learned to do when I want to get deeper into a particular section of Scripture. The following are certain steps that I take that allow me to see more deeply into what is being said besides the mere words written on the page.
Happy Saturday everyone! Here is what you might have missed this week at WORDsearch.
First, we released some new volumes in the Preaching the Word commentary set. The series is edited by Dr. R. Kent Hughes, who is a highly regarded Bible scholar who also pastored a church in Wheaton, Illinois for 27 years. The Preaching the Word Series is an award-winning commentary, specifically written to serve those who preach. This 36-volume bundle now covers all of the New Testament, except for 1 Corinthians, and much of the Old Testament.