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Asking the Right Questions: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible is free this month!
Practical and readable, it gives Christians a simple, question-based method for how to study the Bible. After asking these questions, new and experienced believers alike can come away from their time in Scripture with greater understanding and application.
In this excerpt adapted from chapter five of Asking the Right Questions by Matthew Harmon, find out what kind of questions the Bible intended to answer—and the first question to ask when you read it for yourself.
When it comes to studying and applying the Bible, asking good questions is essential. In a very real sense, the quality of the questions you ask determines what you get out of the text and your ability to apply it to your life.
But we need to make sure we are asking the right kinds of questions.
We would laugh at someone reading Sports Illustrated and asking what Shakespeare thought of women or looking for tips to get a child to eat lima beans. So when it comes to studying and applying the Bible, we need to ask not only good questions but also the kind of questions the Bible is designed to answer.
So what kind of questions is the Bible intended to answer? . . .
The Bible is first and foremost a story about God displaying his glory through the creation and redemption of humanity. It makes sense, then, that the Bible is designed to answer questions connected to this central theme.
Jesus confirms this dual focus on God and humanity. When asked what the greatest commandment is, he replies, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matt 22:37). But Jesus isn’t done. He continues, “And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt 22:39). Love God. Love others. This is the heart of what God wants from his people.
The challenge, then, is to ask questions that help us see these realities when we read the Bible. If that seems overwhelming, don’t worry! By asking four foundational questions, we can make sure we are asking the kind of questions that God designed the Bible to answer.
Question 1: “What do we learn about God?”
God is the main character of the Bible, the hero of the story. So it makes sense that the first question we ask is what we learn about him. Scripture reveals who God is in at least three different ways.
This post on how to study the Bible is excerpted from Asking the Right Questions by Matthew Harmon.
After you pick up your free book, take a look at three more books that explore the depths of Scriptures, each $4.99 this month only:
- Discovering Jesus? Why Four Gospels to Portray One Person?
- Welcome to the Story: Living, Loving, and Living God’s Word
- King Solomon: The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power
The headings and title of this post are the additions of the editor. The author’s views do not necessarily represent those of Faithlife.