The task of interpretation is a vital discipline in the Christian walk for through it we develop our paradigm for the Christian life. We come to know our Lord and Savior more accurately and might I say more intimately through right interpretation.
The New Attitude blog has posted a one page guide to help you improve on the task of interpreting Scripture also known as hermeneutics. A must resource for anyone thirsty to see God as revealed in Scripture. Print this off and pass it to your loved ones, friends, those in church. Fold it and slip it in your Bible. You will benefit much by asking yourself these seven simple questions during your reading of Scripture. I have copied and pasted the sheet on this post but you can get the PDF by click here .
Hermeneutics (hur-muh-noo-tiks) n. [Grk.]: the craft of interpreting Scripture
7 Questions to Ask Every Passage*
Who is the author and who is his audience?
Why is the author writing and what is his burden for his audience?
How does this verse connect to the rest of the chapter and the book the whole storyline of the Bible?
What does the language of the passage highlight and draw attention to? (e.g., parallels, word pictures, specific details, repetitive words/phrases)
What does this reveal about the nature of God and the nature of mankind?
How does this passage reveal our need for a Savior and Godʼs disposition to provide a Savior?
What response or action does this passage call for?
A Starter Bibliography: For Further Study
- Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul: Short and sweet. Start here.
- The Message of the Old Testament & The Message of the New
- Testament by Mark Dever: One chapter for each book of the Bible.
- Godʼs Big Picture by Vaughn Roberts: A helpful introduction to storyline of the Bible.
- The ESV Study Bible: Our favorite study Bible (or it will be when it
- releases this fall).
- Your Pastorʼs Sermonʼs: Every week your pastor helps you interpret
- Scripture and apply it. Listen closely.