The Bible is One Story

Remember that the Bible is ‘one big book’ with ‘one big story’ and that story is the gospel. The gospel is the key to unlocking and understanding the scriptures, so…

Identify the Key Words

One of the difficulties in studying passages in the epistles is that the sentences can be so long and contain complicated ideas with big words. This makes it very difficult…

Repetition of Words/Phrases

Look for repetition of words, phrases and ideas and ask yourself “what does the author/God seem to emphasize?” Just as we emphasize and use repetition in our speech and writing…

Spot the Conjunctions

As you study the scriptures, noting the conjunctions (linking words like “and, for, therefore, so”) within the text can be useful in seeing the flow and themes of the passages….

Clarity/Perspicuity of Scripture

God has intended his scripture to be clearly understood. There are no secret codes or hidden meanings for us to find and we don’t need to be a Jewish historian…