NextLevel Online: How to Read the Bible

by Michael DeFazio

In this series, Michael DeFazio (New Testament faculty at Ozark Christian College) will help you hear God’s voice by learning how to read the Bible more effectively.

How to Read the Bible



Lessons

Session 1
Session 1

Begin with the right goals.

We cannot succeed in anything until we know what we’re trying to accomplish. What are we trying to do when we read the Bible?

Session 2
Session 2

Read with humility.

Your character is just as important to understanding the Bible as your method. Technique is important but humility is paramount.

Session 3
Session 3

Pay attention to the details. (Investigation)

At this early investigation stage you are basically playing detective.

Session 4
Session 4

Discern the author’s flow of thought. (Literary Context)

Without a context, words are meaningless. When studying individual verses, read the surrounding verses and ask how the context clarifies what your verse means. When reading paragraphs or larger sections, ask how they relate to what came before and after.

Session 5
Session 5

Study the world behind the text. (Historical Background)

Increase your general knowledge of the biblical worlds. Identify and research persons, places, events, customs, etc from the Bible..

Session 6
Session 6

Read each passage in light of Scripture as a whole.

Interpret unclear texts in light of clear ones. Don’t ignore or disregard some texts to protect your misinterpretation of others.

Session 7
Session 7

Be sensitive to genre.

Like in sports, we benefit by learning the “rules of the game.” All of the principles apply to each, but not always in the same way.

Session 8
Session 8

Live what you learn.

You have not finished studying well until what you have studied determines how you live. Spiritual maturity is never measured by how much you know, but by how well you live