NextLevel Online: How to Read the Bible

Session 3: Pay attention to the details. (Investigation)

At this early investigation stage you are basically playing detective.



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Classroom Instructions

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Materials: Lesson Outline
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  • Like it or not, the Bible must be interpreted…

  • We’re taking common sense and applying it to Scripture.

  • Remember our goal – to hear God by understanding the text.

  • Good Bible study begins by reading the text closely with attention to detail.

  • At this early investigation stage you are basically playing detective.

  • What are we looking for? What are we investigating?

    • Investigate what the words mean…

      • How do various English translations differ?

      • Where are the verbs and what are they doing?

      • Any metaphors or figurative language?

    • Investigate how the words relate to one another…

      • Are any comparisons or contrasts being made?

      • How does the logic or plot move forward?

      • Any connectors like “if… then…” or “therefore…” or “because…”?

  • Basically you do two things:

    • Ask questions.

    • Make observations.

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The vision of Ozark Christian College is to glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide. The mission of Ozark Christian College is to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.