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Bible Study Application

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Lesson

In this lesson, Dr. Strauss discusses two extremes to avoid when applying Scripture. He also gives us five principles to guide our contextualization of a particular passage. Listen in and grow in your ability to apply Scripture in your context to your life in meaningful ways.

Outline

I. Introduction and Review

II. Two Extremes to Avoid

A. Imitating Biblical Culture Exactly

B. Seeking complete contextualization, transforming the message to fit the culture.

III. Principles of Contextualization

A. Proper contextualization begins with sound exegesis.

B. All Scripture is authoritative, because it is inspired by God.

C. Scripture can be applied at the surface level, or at the level of principle.

D. Distinguish between the cultural (relative) and super-cultural (absolute).

1. Is the command inherently moral?

2. Does the context give indications that the passage is above culture?

3. Do we share comparable particulars?

4. Is the command connected to cultural practices current in the 1st century, but not present today?

5. What cultural options were open to the writer?

6. What is the ultimate purpose of this command in its cultural context?

7. Is all of the Biblical teaching on the topic uniform or does it reflect differences of perspective?

8. Is this part of core Biblical teaching or is it peripheral?

E. Distinguish between the cultural, which is relative, and the super-cultural, which is absolute.

1. Is the command inherently moral?

2. Does the context give indications that the passage is above culture?

IV. Summary