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In spite of whatever you may intellectually affirm (head knowledge), what does your current interaction with the Bible say about how you actually view it?
Summary: While there are several great methods of studying the Bible, here’s a simple method one can follow: Observation, Interpretation, Transformation and Application. To put it another way: What? Why? Who? and So What?
Read Matthew 7:15-23 and explore it using the Observation, Interpretation, Transformation, Application method. What specific questions can you think of for each section?
Observation is taking a portion of Scripture and making some initial observations about it:
Once you get a feel for some of these questions, try to keep an eye out for keywords or phrases, repeated words, contrasts and comparisons.
Interpretation refers to understanding the meaning or big idea of the passage. Resources that can be beneficial to this step are Bible dictionaries and commentaries. Ask questions such as:
Keeping these questions in mind can help us understand the timeless truths in the passage.
Transformation is about the truth of God’s love and grace and how we respond to him in repentance, faith and affection. This step helps us focus on the true goal of Bible study: knowing God instead of just knowing Bible facts. We can pray and ask God questions such as:
In light of our interpretation and the transformative grace and truth we’ve discovered, how does the passage apply to us practically? To discover this ask questions like:
Pray: In light of what we’ve discussed, how can we pray for each other right now?
Since we last met, what happened as a result of expressing Christ’s love to others?
How can you, or we, express Christ’s love to others this week?
Here are a few ideas:
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