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B. Interpretation


1)  Determine what the passage means.

Ask: what is the author trying to say to the audience?

2)  Ask God to Give you understanding of the passage.

The Holy Spirit’s guidance is essential to truly understand the

depth of Scripture.  John 14:26 -- “But the Counselor, the Holy

Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all

things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

1 John 2:27 -- “As for you, the anointing you received from Him

remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you.  But as

His anointing teaches you about all things and as the anointing is

real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in Him.”

3)  Use the tools at the beginning of the outline to help you.

4)  Carefully read, dissecting each passage, verse, sentence, and word.

5)  Try to understand the grammar.  (Why are “therefores” there for?)

6)  Look for cause and effect relationships.

7)  Remember context and to use cross-references in other parts of the



C.  Application


The Bible is designed to change our lives and build our relationship with our Lord.

James 1:22 -- “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.”  (By dependence on the Holy Spirit, we can obey what the Word says.)


1)  Ask what the passage means to you, and how it can be applied to your


2)  Note any of the following:

a) Needed attitude change

b) Sins to confess and forsake

c) Actions to take/avoid

d) Examples to follow

e) Promises to claim

f) Other personal applications

3)  Then apply them.


I hope these hints are helpful!

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