The 7 steps to understanding the Bible


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The 7 steps to understanding the Bible

  1. 1. The 7 Steps to understanding the Bible
  2. 2. • In order to properly apply a Bible scripture to your life, you have to properly interpret the scripture. • If you apply the scripture without the proper interpretation it is called eisegesis. This is using the Bible in a wrong way. It is making the Bible say what you want it to say. It is adding to the Bible. • When you first interpret the scripture, then apply it, it is called exegesis. This is drawing the meaning of the text from the text. This is what we should be doing.
  3. 3. • On the following slides is a list to run through when you approach a scripture. • Remember to always pray first and let God direct your steps.
  4. 4. 1) Lexical: • When you read a passage, do you know what all the words mean? Define all questionable words. Remember, as someone has said before, “If the plain sense makes sense, seek no other sense.”
  5. 5. 2) Literary: • What section of the Bible are you in? Prophecy, narrative, poetry, letters, history, etc
  6. 6. 3) Historical/Cultural: • When was the book written? What was going on in history at the time the book was written? What did this passage mean to the original readers? This is very, very important!
  7. 7. 4) Theological: • What are the other scriptures in the Bible that deal with the same subject as this scripture? • To find the other scriptures, figure out what the main subject is in the passage, then you can use a concordance, and look up other scriptures that deal with that subject. • Imagine all the writers of the scripture sitting around a table discussing this scripture, what would they say?
  8. 8. 5) Contextual: • Look at the scriptures surrounding this scripture, in what context is the verse written in?
  9. 9. 6) Orthodox: • If the meaning of the scripture can be debatable, How has the church interpreted this passage in the past? That may give you an idea. You are not bound to believe someone’s interpretation, but it may give you fresh way to look at the passage.
  10. 10. AFTER, (and only after!)you interpret what the passage says: • 7) Application: Ask, • “What does this mean for me today?” • “Why did God put this in the Bible?” • “If this wasn’t in the Bible, how would this affect my life?” • “What can I get out of this passage that will help me, or help others?”
  11. 11. Do the study Guide • Read the handout and study guide that was emailed to you. • For a sample scripture, let’s use John 16:1-4 • Analyze it, and we will discuss it next Wednesday evening. • Good luck!