This is a post from Kathy Pollard’s blog, Life-and-Favor.com.
People often tell me they don’t understand how I come up with so many things from a given text when teaching or preaching. I don’t use exactly the same approach found in this post, but this explains pretty well how anyone can go about “mining” the Bible.
Once you have done something like this for a number of individual verses in a chapter, you can begin to see how that chapter has more to say that you first imagined.
Once you have done it for all the chapters in a book, you can see themes and “big ideas” that can be plugged back into your next study of those passages – and then you’ll find even more things to appreciate. Bible study never gets old!
A couple of years ago I took a class at BVBID called “Biblical Exegesis.” Denny Petrillo was our instructor, and that class opened my eyes to a whole new way to study the Bible. Periodically, I’ll share with you some of the things I learned. My favorite part of the class was the homework assignments in which we were to find observations in a text. This can be done in two ways:
1. Choose a verse and list as many observations as you can possibly make from that verse. For example, our very first assignment was Acts 1:8, which states, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Even though it’s such a short verse, the task was to find a…
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