Session 1Topic: How to Read the Book — Basic Tools”In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ…” Ephesians 3:4 (New International Version)In reading the Bible, how often have you wondered what the passage was really trying to say? How often have you wished you could better understand how to apply the principles you’re reading about to your life?This session introduces you to the world of interpreting the Bible. In your reading this week, you will learn that the ultimate goal of interpretation is to come away with an understanding of what God intended to communicate through His words. From this session, as well as subsequent sessions, you’ll begin to gather the tools you need to understand better what the passage meant to the audience it was written and how you can translate that meaning to your life today.Topic Outcomes:Upon completion of the learning assignments and activities, students will be able to answer the following questions:
- What are the steps of the interpretive journey?
- What are the criteria for theological principles?
- How can we apply what we have learned to make the study of the Bible more effective?