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 scripture...is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living...” this method asks four key questions of any passage:
- What truth does this passage teach? (What should I/we believe?)
- How does the passage reveal and rebuke error? (What should I/we reject?)
- What can be learned from this passage to help correct faults and put things right? (How can I/we change?)
- 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