In the above verse, the Apostle Paul instructs Timothy to be careful to "rightly divide" the Word of God. In this context, the original Greek word means to handle correctly or teach rightly. So, according to this verse, we must handle the Word of God properly, through diligent study.
So, we see that there is a right way and a wrong way to interpret Scripture. Biblical exegesis involves the examination of a particular text of Scripture in order to properly interpret it. Exegesis is a part of the process of hermeneutics, the science of interpretation.
But because Scripture has been mishandled over the years, there are a multitude of different views regarding Christian theology. Many of these views, unfortunately, are mainstream - and have been for a long time.
We believe that in order to interpret Scripture the way God intended for us to understand it, we cannot examine it through the lenses of institutional Christianity and the already established biases it confers. We must view it as the original Apostles and early church understood and experienced it. We must try as hard as we can to let it speak for itself and be content to accept it on its own terms.
We hope the following tools and resources are of use to you in your quest to study and rightly understand God's Word!
BibleGateway is a website designed to provide free and easy reading, listening, studying, searching, and sharing of the Christian Bible in many different versions and translations, including English, French, Spanish, and other languages.
Bible Hub is an excellent and easy to use free Bible study site featuring Greek, and Hebrew word study tools, lexicons, concordances, commentaries, dictionaries, sermons, and devotionals.
Bible Research is a site is for Bible students who are looking for detailed information on the history of the canon, texts, and versions of Scripture.
Bible.org provides articles, study tools, sermon illustrations, and other related resources to aid in Bible study, answering Bible questions, and Bible reading.
Early Christian Writings is a free online collection of all of the Christian writings that are believed to have been written in the first and second centuries, as well as a few selected from the early third. They also include select non-Christian documents that may have special bearing on the study of early Christianity in order to make this web site a comprehensive sourcebook.
Bible History Online has been providing information and insights into Biblical history since 1995. They affirm that the Bible is about God's activities in history. It deals with actual people in an actual geographical area during actual specified historical times who had contact with other actual peoples and empires whom we know of from historical sources outside the Bible. They believe that knowledge of the historical background of the Bible is essential to a comprehensive understanding of the Scriptures. This site provides educational resources, including maps, topical studies, commentaries, and Bible dictionaries to help students learn more about the Bible.
Blue Letter Bible provides powerful tools for an in-depth study of God’s Word through a free online reference library, and with study tools that are grounded in the historical, conservative Christian faith. This site allows users to dig deep into the Word using commentaries, encyclopedias, maps/images and much more. For example, one of the most used tools is the lexicon search, which gives users immediate access to the original Hebrew and Greek words.
GotQuestions.org is a ministry dedicated to assisting others in their understanding of Biblical and spiritual topics. They think of themselves as a para-church ministry, coming alongside the church to help people find answers to their spiritually related questions. Their goal is to thoroughly research and answer questions in a Biblically-based manner. Their writing staff includes pastors, youth pastors, missionaries, biblical counselors, Bible/Christian college students, seminary students, and lay students of God's Word.
While Let Us Reason is not formally affiliated with any specific denomination or organization, we have great appreciation for the books written by Dr. David Bernard, who is the general
superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International. The author of over thirty books, Dr. Bernard is a pastor, founding president of Urshan College and Urshan Graduate School of Theology, doctor of theology, and doctor of jurisprudence. His books provide thorough, Biblical exposition of key but often misunderstood Scriptural topics. We strongly advocate his materials, as he clearly and soundly provides Scriptural answers to common misconceptions often encountered in mainstream Christianity. His treatment of these subjects is readily understandable, yet profound and scholarly. All books written by Dr. Bernard can be found on Pentecostal Publishing House.
The goal of Connecting Point Ministries provides free information that one can use to study and learn the Word of God, including written, audio, and video sermons, Bible studies, and topical Scriptures.
Global Impact Ministries is the evangelism and apologetics ministry of Steven Ritchie. This site provides extensive content on Oneness Christian theology in the form of free online books, videos, and articles aimed at equipping believers to better understand and defend Christian concepts.