5 Questions to Help Apply Scripture

Geneva-bibleUsing the three-step Bible study process—observe, interpret, and apply—you’re bound to learn new things about God.

The observe phase doesn’t require any tools beyond a copy of the Scripture itself. (If you’re in search of one, we have a recommendation for you.) The Faithlife Study Bible app is perfect for the interpret phase, with its built-in study notes, multimedia resources, and infographics. When you reach the application phase, use the acronym SPECT to quickly identify truths to apply:

  • Is there a sin for me to forsake?
  • Is there any promise to claim?
  • Is there an example for me to follow?
  • Is there any command for me to obey?
  • Is there anything to be thankful for today?

These simple questions help you quickly examine a passage from multiple perspectives. Let’s use them on today’s Verse of the Day. “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.”

Do you see any sins, promises, examples, commands, or reasons to be thankful? Let us know in comments.

Comments

  1. The promise of a new heavens and a new earth, that our former things (sins) will not be remembered or come to mind and finally that God is the creator and we worship Him because He alone is the Supreme Being of the Universe!

  2. This is pretty good except it will cause us to be too introspective. I would use something like: G- what is God doing in this passage, T- what is God teaching in this passage about us and Himself and life, H- how can I confirm this? A- Arc, what is the trajectory of the book as a whole and where does this passage fit into it. H- history what was happening at the time and what did it mean then and was there an ultimate fulfillment of this beyond the immediate time. L- Live, how should this cause me to live? GTHAHL Not a catchy acronym either :)

    • Christopher, that's a good list of questions. Seems that you are approaching all 3 phases of study (observe, interpret & apply). Is that true? This post assumes observation and interpretation have already happened, and is focused exclusively on the application phase. Would you build a different list working from that assumption?

    • Probably not but I was thinking that all the really big mistakes happen in that observation stage and when we look just for what we have decided to look for we often miss the point of the passage altogether. For many of the questions written many answers could very well be 'no'. No sinful behavior specifically to avoid or practice to adopt but simply information about God and what He has done or a genealogy or bunch of traveling data and many other bits of poetry and worship. When we read to do only and not to understand and comprehend the bigger picture much of the scripture if not all of it could be summed up in the ten commandments and then set aside so long as they know about Jesus. I have actually heard people say this and it freaks me out. Or they will say, "once your saved what use is the Bible since its all about saving me, and since its done that, now I don't need it."

      The post was good and well meant, I'm just sensitive. Sorry if I have put you out in anyway. Keep up the work you guys do, I'm very thankful for your efforts and products. I use and advocate all of them. :)

    • Not put out at all. These are great points. I think you're right. Many mistakes are made early in the process, and that phase demands special attention. The logic that Scripture can be set aside by believers is frightening, you're right, maybe even demanding a post in response.

  3. Christopher, that's a good list of questions. Seems that you are approaching all 3 phases of study (observe, interpret & apply). Is that true? This post assumes Observe & Interpret have already happened, and is focused exclusively on the application phase.

  4. The first question should be what does this verse tell me about God?

  5. Jeffrey Heindel says:

    If you want to study the Bible with lots of help, you need to check this out!

  6. Karl Bastian in Discipletown curriculum uses S-P-A-C-E (Sin to confess, Promise to claim, Attitudes to adjust, Command to obey, and Examples to follow). http://www.discipleland.com/Elementary/Available-DiscipleTown-Units/DT18-How-to-Study-My-Bible-Download

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