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Updated: Nov 15, 2015
Irvington SDA Church
Bible Study Series
Introduction
 
“For now we see in a mirror dimly but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
 
“Be diligent to present yourselves approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
 
“Knowing this first that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation, for the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1: 20-21)
 
Observation
 
In this section, we spend time reading and re-reading the text to gather as much information as possible. Special attention should be paid to keywords and phrases, the structure of the passage/chapter, to whom it is spoken, when it occurs, etc.
The details are often important; however, sometimes they are not. Nonetheless you must pay attention to everything, since when you first read a passage, you may not be sure. It is a good idea to take notes during your reading time it is strongly suggested that you utilize as many resources as possible.
The goal of this section is to determine what the original author said.
 
Interpretation
 
Interpreting the Bible correctly is directly related to our observation of the Bible. One cannot correctly interpret what the Bible is saying if one does not understand the spiritual context. In order to interpret correctly the present day reader must “put themselves in the original readers’ shoes.” Therefore the goal of this section is to determine what the original author intended to convey to the original audience in context.
 
Application
 
After spending time understanding the original intent of the Bible writer, it becomes possible to discern principles that apply to our time. Times change however God does not and his principles do not. Therefore the goal of this section is to make relevant to our time the message that was given during Biblical times.