4 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible for Application

18 Nov

Edit: I’ve gone ahead and taken the liberty to expand these three questions to four for more clarity.

One of the frustrations that came from reading the Bible (at least it was for me) was understanding exactly how one is supposed to read the Bible in a way that will “help [me] interpret the Spirit’s message to Christ’s people and to each of us as individuals.”  In other words, how do I apply to my own life the words in the Bible that seemingly have no relevance to my life?

Justin Taylor, on his new blog post, sat down with Gerald Bray (Research Professor at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University) and asked him exactly what three questions we’re to be asking whenever we open up the Bible and start reading. Below are the main points from the article.  But, I hope it goes without saying that I would highly recommend you read the entire article for clarification on each point.

4 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible:

  1. What does it tell us about God?  What does it say about who he is and about what he does?
  2. What does this text say about us as human beings?  What are we meant to be and what has gone wrong?
  3. What are some “Gospel-pointers” in the text that either point to the cross and/or provide hope for sinners like us?
  4. What does he expect of us in light of what he has done?

Justin Taylor also asks a very helpful question at the end of the article on what to do with “sections of Scripture that seem hard to apply” (e.g. genealogies, etc.).  Bray responds with the following:

These genealogies bring us a message from God even if they appear on the surface to be barren and unprofitable. All we have to do in order to understand them is to ask the right questions about them and their meaning will be quickly opened up to us.

Again, here’s the link to the entire post.


One Response to “4 Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible for Application”


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    […] I do is I do a combination of writing down observations of what I see in the text and/or answer these four questions about the […]

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