NextLevel Online: How to Read the Bible

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.



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Classroom Instructions

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Materials: Lesson Outline
Leader
  • If you could only give someone three chapters of the Bible, what would they be?

    • What we’re doing in this class is hardly new!

    • And virtually every “hermeneutical handbook” includes this principle.

  • General Rules:

    • Interpret unclear texts in light of clear ones.

    • Don’t ignore or disregard some texts to protect your misinterpretation of others.

  • Question 1: What else does the Bible say about this?

    • Two kinds of “parallel passages” –

      • When an author quotes or alludes to another text.

      • When two texts talk about the same thing.

    • How to find them:

      • Cross-Reference Bibles or Websites

      • Concordance (search individual words)

      • Nave’s Topical Bible (search topics or themes)

  • Question 2: How do the two texts relate?

    • Harmony or tension?

    • If tension, how does it resolve?

  • Question 3: How does this text point to Jesus?

    • The whole Bible is about Jesus.

      • Matthew 5

      • John 5.38-39

      • Luke 24.25-27, 44

      • Hebrews 1.1-2

    • We’re not looking for Jesus instead of the original meaning of the text.

    • Whatever is true, Jesus is . . .

      • Whatever is good, Jesus is . . .

        • Whatever is broken, Jesus came to…
  • Ask how your text points to Jesus as Savior and Lord.

    • Jesus as Savior / receiving grace

    • Jesus as Lord / living as disciples

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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.