general questions to ask of any text
What does the passage say?
Major theological terms?
What does the passage mean?
Context? (never interpret less than a paragraph)
How would the original hearers receive this?
Key word definitions?
Parallel Biblical teachings?
Can you communicate the point of this passage in a simple phrase?
What must I do in response?
How does this truth apply to my fellowship with God?
How does this truth apply to strengthening my faith?
How does this truth apply to my commitment to church?
How does this truth apply to serving my family/community?
What steps do I need to take to implement these applications?
(Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-based Goals)
What is a missional conversation nugget to discuss with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc.?
To whom will I be accountable? (reach out and ask… follow up)
The Christian life is designed to be transferred relationally and journeyed together. “Rope in”– brother to brother and sister to sister – on a weekly basis so that together we can draw near to God and join him in his kingdom work.
This is an exploration – commit and prepare for a long and rewarding journey.