What do we do when we are faced with tough passages in Scripture? How do we know how to interpret them and understand what God really means? Throughout the Bible, we see how tightly Jesus holds to the Word of God. It seems to be that we should know the Bible better so we can therefore know Him better.
Next week we are launching a brand new series, We Believe, going through the doctrine of what we believe as Christians based on the Apostle’s Creed. Today, guest speaker Joshua Butler is “clearing the table” metaphorically for us before we “set the table” of doctrine next Sunday.
As we read our Bible and come across difficult verses to understand and interpret, use these three tips to help you:
- Recognize that you are crossing a chasm of history.
- The chasm of language and the chasm of culture.
- ASK: Is this describing something or prescribing something?
- When the Bible is describing something it's often implicitly written.
- Remember to account for the literary context.
- When the Bible is prescribing something (i.e. laws, rules), ASK: do these laws have a back story?
- Look for the redemptive trajectory.
- How does this point to Jesus? Look for Jesus within the entire Biblical narrative
- Recommended: The Bible Project