Friday, May 26, 2006

Key Verse

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" (Phil. 2:5)

As evidenced by this great "parabola" of Scripture (2:6-11), Christ provides for us an example of true, godly humility and oneness of mind with God the Father. After doing a little bit of personal study in the book of Philippians, at least for me at this time, Phil. 2:5 appears to be the central thought, the 'key verse,' that corresponds to every unit in this precious Pauline epistle.

There are several methods of Bible Study. I for one have highly benefited learning how to study using what is called a "Synthetic chart." I would guess the method could be called the synthetic Bible study method. The word 'synthetic' means "the composition or combination of parts or elements so as to form a whole" (Miriam-Webster). The basic idea of this method of Bible study is to examine a passage, or a book and deducing from that its various components as well as providing from the observation the point or the key verse that relates to the whole. It is basically observation (of course I should add 'spiritual observation'). I would like to go into greater details of this and other methods but that really is not point of this thread, perhaps I will elaborate on this topic some time in the future.

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