How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (Part 4)

Goal

So what is our goal for this study?

  1. To discern God’s message. If we are to understand God’s truth for ourselves (and to teach or preach it to others), we must discover precisely what God intended to communicate. So we provide ourselves with safeguards to protect the Scriptures against misuse or distortion.
  2. To avoid or dispel misconceptions or erroneous perspectives and conclusions about what the Bible teaches.
  3. To be able to apply the Bible’s message to our lives. We do not want to just understand the meaning, we want to take the final step and apply that meaning to our lives. We cannot apply the Bible without knowing what it means, but we can know what it means without applying it.

The Interpretive Journey

1. What did the text mean to the biblical audience?
2. What are the differences between the biblical audience and us?
3. What is the theological principle in this text?
a. The principle should be reflected in the text.
b. The principle should be timeless and not tied to a specific situation.
c. The principle should not be culturally bound.
d. The principle should correspond to the teaching of the rest of Scripture.
e. The principle should be relevant to both the biblical and the contemporary
audience.
4. How should individual Christians today apply the theological principle in their lives?

I know this was short and sweet, but hopefully it will help you, along with the previous three posts, to begin interpreting the Bible as you read! Let me know what you think,

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