Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Three Questions to Guide Your Word Study

One of the foundational skills you must develop -- and continue to sharpen your whole life -- as a Bible teacher is the ability to study the Word and discern its proper meaning. From the meaning we draw application.

Gerald Bray gives three excellent questions to guide your Bible text study:

The first question we must ask of every biblical text is simply this—what does it tell us about God? What does it say about who he is and about what he does?

The second question is: what does this text say about us human beings? What are we meant to be and what has gone wrong?

The third and final question is: what has God done about this and what does he expect of us in the light of what he has done?

Asking these questions and seeking answers to them will help us interpret the Spirit’s message to Christ’s people and to each of us as individuals.


Give these questions a try in your own personal study, and then help your students develop these questioning skills as well! Remember, we're developing self-feeding disciples who can help others, too, not just setting them up as dependents upon you!

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