THE QUESTION METHOD
This method is actually a part of all the other methods, but deserves to be addressed all on its own because of how useful it can be when you focus on it more intently. The question method is exactly what it sounds like. You ask a series of questions about the passage you are considering to help you better understand the context and meaning.
- This method will open up new doors of understanding for you.
- This method is so easy, anyone can do it.
- This method will force you to look at the context carefully so you can get a more complete understanding of the passage.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- A trustworthy Bible translation (ESV, NIV, NASB, NKJV, KJV, RSV)
- A journal or notebook (optional)
HOW TO DO IT
- Read the passage you’ve chosen.
- Begin to ask questions about the passage:
- WHO is speaking?
- WHO are they speaking to?
- WHAT are they saying?
- WHY are they saying it?
- WHAT importance does it have?
- WHAT is the main point of what is being said?
- WHEN was this said (in history)?
- WHAT is being said about behavior, attitude, or heart?
- WHAT does it say to me, my situations, my life?
- WHAT is happening in me as I begin to understand this truth?
- DOES the passage reveal God’s thinking or heart about a subject?
- DOES it show me something I should change in my life?
- AND ANY OTHERS THAT COME TO MIND…
- Write down the answers to the questions you ask (optional).
Do you get the point? (Another question there… get it?) These are only suggested questions, you could literally ask thousands of questions about every passage you read. Feel free to make up your own! You’ll find that you understand the passage to a much greater degree as you ask and answer questions about it.