How to Study Your Bible
Ask the following questions as you read.
Who? — is speaking / is being spoken to / is involved
What? — is happening / led up to this / resulted
Where? — Where does this take place?
When? — When did this occur?
Why? — Why is this being said or done?
How? — How did it affect the people involved? How was this accomplished? How did the people at the time view or interpret this?
This is the step of determining the author's meaning. Interpretation is the step of clarifying the meaning and helping you understand why the Holy Spirit included this portion in Scripture.
One way of interpreting a verse or passage is by paraphrasing it. Read the verse and then write it in your own words.
Use Scripture to interpret Scripture. If you do not understand why something happened, then refer to other passages of Scripture that shed light on the matter.
This is the process of relating the passage under consideration to the rest of the paragraph, chapter, book, and other portions of Scripture. This step helps you understand the passage and keep it in proper context and perspective.
Application means putting God's Word into practice. Scriptural truth and principles must be put into practice if we are to benefit from our study of God's Word. Read Matthew 7:24-27, Luke 11:28, and James 1:22.
Ask yourself the following questions as you study.
• Is there an example for me to follow?
• Is there a sin for me to avoid?
• Is there a promise for me to claim?
• Is there something I should make a matter of prayer?
• What does this passage teach me?
• Is there something I am commanded to do?
• Is there a verse I should commit to memory?
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|Source:||Omar C. Garcia|