Bible Study Series – an example, part III

Above is part III in a series of videos about a Bible Study series that was part of the WCCCC in 2015.

In the talk, there is a quick discussion about how to do a textual analysis which is a great process to help our come to grips with a Bible text.


Be sure to try to do one the next time you have to prepare for a Bible Study. By taking a look at every word, phrase, and sentence and the relationship of those words, phrases, and sentences, you are “forced” to observe the text, begin to interpret the text which than allows for a proper application of the text.

The Bible passage in focus was 1 Corinthians 6:1-20.

One aspect of the text is very current to current events as it pertains to homosexual behavior. There aren’t many passages that address that issue but here is one of them.

In ancient times, as now, there were those who had no qualms about homosexual conduct. However, today, within the community of Christian faith some dispute the historical understanding of this verse and others that prohibit the practice of homosexuality (see Rom. 1:26-27 and 1 Tim. 1:10). Their argument is that Paul is prohibiting the following forms of homosexual behavior: temple prostitution specifically, prostitution generally, abuse of slaves, and man-boy relationships. However, if Paul had intended to permit a specific form of homosexual behavior, he should have used more specific language. The term used here is generic. Here are some online resources you may consider listening to regarding this subject:
Stand To Reason Podcast of April 28, 2015, 3rd hour interview the Kevin DeYoung, author of “What the Bible Teaches about Homosexuality.”
Stand To Reason Podcast of July 22, 2015, Answering Matthew Vines’s 40 questions.
Tim Keller responding to a question about homosexuality at a Veritas Forum event

Another part of the passage that is compelling is how Paul uses God’s relationship to us as a motivation toward holiness (see vv. 12-20). If you ever thought the Trinity is not practical, take a closer look at this section. Each person of the Trinity is intimately involved in our lives! Additionally, take note how important the physical body we have is to God.

There is a lot here. Hopefully, the video helps begin scratching the surface of this passage!

Links to the series of videos:

Overview & Introduction
Day 1 – 1 Peter 2:4-25
Day 2- 1 Corinthians 6:1-20
Day 3 – Colossians 3:1-17


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