How to Read Your Bible, by Dr. George Guthrie

Overview

1. The Process of Reading your Bible. Dr. Guthrie uses the word picture of taking a trip to describe the process of how we study the Bible.

2. Motivation for Reading your Bible. What motivates us to read and study the Bible consistently?

3. Basic Tools for Reading your Bible. Discusses concordances, study Bibles, translations (formal and functional equivalents), Bible dictionaries, Bible study software, etc, as well as the basic commitments one needs for Bible study.

Context

4. Background Studies. Treats the central importance of historical context and warns against related fallacies

5. Literary Context. Points out the importance of reading a passage in its literary context, and with regard for the appropriate genre (e.g., the psalm, the proverb, apocalyptic)

In the Text

6. Observation. How to distinguish between the backbone of a passage over and its support material

7. Word Studies. Stresses that words have a range of meaning and that context determines meaning. Examines five fallacies in word study before laying out a plan for effective word studies

Application

8. Application. The proper steps for reliable and effective application of Scripture to life

Illustrate

9. Illustrate the Process. To illustrate the proper steps in examining a passage of Scripture, Colossians 2 is explained and the steps applied.