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As we resume this series for the new year, I think it is important to familiarize ourselves with some really useful ways to understand what God is saying to us through the Bible.  So today, I want to share some tips from one of my very favorite Bible teachers, Nancy Leigh DeMoss.  I try to listen to her daily Bible teaching program for women, Revive Our Hearts, whenever I can.

Today, through her syndicated radio devotional program Seeking Him, Nancy is sharing these strategies for gaining deeper understanding of the Scriptures:

“Before we can interpret and apply God’s Word, we need to understand what it says. Here are a few ways you can answer the question, “What does it say?”

One is to summarize. Write down a brief overview of the passage, including the major points.

Another idea is to paraphrase. Write the passage in your own words.

Or you can ask questions, as if you were writing a news story.

  • Who wrote it?
  • What happened?
  • When was it written?
  • Where did this happen?
  • How did it happen?
  • Why was this written?

Discover what the passage says; then you can apply it to your life.”

Thank you, Nancy, for giving us the tools we need to study God’s Word on our own, as we strive to fulfill our responsibility to be good students of the Word.

To learn more about Revive Our Hearts, click here.

To learn more about Seeking Him, click here.

Have a blessed Tuesday!