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Transformational Bible Study

            In some ways this can be the most simple and the most difficult of all methods of Bible study.  Taking 2 Timothy 3:16 as the key assumption, that “All useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living...” this method asks four key questions of any passage:

  1. What truth does this passage teach?  (What should I/we believe?)
  2. How does the passage reveal and rebuke error?  (What should I/we reject?)
  3. What can be learned from this passage to help correct faults and put things right?  (How can I/we change?)
  4. What instructions does this passage give to direct our (my) living?  (How should I/we behave?)

            These questions cannot be answered from every passage, but asking and answering these questions about a passage can help in that process of transformation and renewal of the mind of which the apostle Paul speaks in Romans 12:1-2.

Using The Bible in Groups, Robert Hestenes, page 85

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