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Sidebar: 5 Questions to Ask About a Bible Passage for Individual or Group Application


  1. What’s something you noticed for the first time?
  2. What questions did you have?
  3. Was there anything that bothered you?
  4. What did you learn about loving God?
  5. What did you learn about loving others?

J.R. Briggs

  1. What is going on in the passage?
  2. What do I like about this passage?
  3. What do I not like about this passage?
  4. What does this passage teach me about the character and the nature of God? Of Jesus?
  5. What can I take away from this passage and apply to my life specifically in the next seven days?

Dr. Darrell Guder (Princeton Theological Seminary Prof)

  1. What is the good news in this passage?
  2. What does this passage say about who we are?
  3. What does this passage say about who God is?
  4. How does this passage call us to a new way of life?
  5. How does this passage send us?

James Wilhoit and Evan Howard

  1. What have I been thinking about as I have read this passage? Why?
  2. Are there any particular thoughts, questions or ideas that have come up?
  3. Have I noticed any graces or sins in my life as I have been reading? What kinds of responses do I notice?
  4. What have I seen of the Lord in my reading, of God’s character or works? How am I led to respond to what I see of God?
  5. Do I notice any inclinations to action as I read this passage? What might be underneath these inclinations?
  6. What feelings have accompanied my reading? Why?

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© Phil Collins, Ph.D., 2014. This material was created in partnership with the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement.