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As you open your Bible, ask the Holy Spirit to teach, correct, and train you (2 Timothy 3:16). As you read, your goal in this step is just to observe what the passage(s) say. Questions you’ll want to ask yourself at this point are:
Spend some time digging into the passage to determine what it means. You will take what you learned above to help you interpret what the author intended for the people they wrote it to. Your goal at this point in the process is understanding. Examples of the questions you’ll ask as you examine are:
Take Luke 2:1-21 as an example:
After you’ve spent time reading and examining, you’ll translate what you’ve learned into application for your own life. If you stop before this step, you’ll gain knowledge, but remember that our goal in reading Scripture is a transformed life. The kinds of questions you will ask as you apply are:
You’ll want to formulate a main idea and then formulate specific application… let’s look at Luke 2 again:
Take the time to pray through the passage and specifically about your application. Ask God, through the Holy Spirit and because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, to change your heart and life. Ask Him to use the Bible, His Word, to transform you.
Who will you share this with? A really good way to learn and apply the Bible is to share it with someone else. They might help you in the process or understanding or help to hold you accountable in your areas of application.