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Grasping God's Word, chapters 1-3 (interpretive journey, sentences, paragraphs)

Interpretive Journey, Step 1

Grasp the Text in Their Town

Interpretive Journey, Step 2

Measure the Width of the River to Cross

Interpretive Journey, Step 3

Crossing the Principlizing Bridge

Interpretive Journey, Step 4

Grasp the Text in Our Town

Interpretive Journey, Step 1 Question

What did the text mean to the biblical audience?

Interpretive Journey, Step 2 Question

What are the differences between the biblical audience and us?

Interpretive Joureny, Step 3 Question

What is the theological principle in this text?

Interpretive Journey, Step 4 Question

How should individual Christians today apply the theological principle in their lives?

9 Things to Look for in Sentences

repetition; contrasts; comparisons; lists; cause and effect; figures of speech; conjunctions; verbs; pronouns

1 John 2:15-17

repetition ("world")

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

repetition ("comfort")

John 15:1-10

repetition ("remain")

Matthew 6:1-18

repetition ("father")

1 Corinthians 15:50-64

repetition ("[im]perishable")

Proverbs 14:31

contrasts (treatment of poor)

Ephesians 5:8

contrasts (darkness/light)

1 John 1:5-7

contrasts (darkness/light)

Proverbs 25:26

comparisons (polluted water, man succumbs to wicked)

James 3:3-6

comparisons (tongue, bit/rudder/fire)

1 John 2:16

lists (craving, lust, boasting)

Galatians 5:22-23 (sentences)

lists (fruit of the Spirit)

Galatians 5:19-21 (sentences)

lists (acts of the sinful nature)

Romans 12:2

cause and effect (renewed minds/transformed > discern God's will)

John 3:16 (sentences)

cause and effect (God loved world > sent Son; believe in Son > eternal life)

Psalm 13:6

cause and effect (LORD good to me > I will sing)

Psalm 119:105

figures of speech (word, lamp, light, path)

Matthew 23:27

figures of speech (white-washed tombs)

Psalm 18:2

figures of speech (rock, fortress)

1 Corinthians 3:6

figures of speech (plant, seed, water, grow)

Luke 13:34

figures of speech (hen gathers chicks)

Isaiah 53:6

figures of speech (sheep astray)

Romans 12:1 (sentences)

conjunctions (therefore; previous 11 chapters)

Hebrews 12:1

conjunctions (therefore; previous chapter)

Colossians 3:12

conjunctions (therefore)

2 Timothy 1:7-8

conjunctions (various)

Genesis 6:8

conjunctions (but; Noah's favor)

Ephesians 4:2-3

verbs (imperative)

Ephesians 1:11

verbs (passive vs. active)

Genesis 12:3

verbs (passive, future)

Ephesians 1:3

pronouns (us/our)

Philippians 1:27-30

pronouns (various)

Proverbs 15:1

contrasts (gentle/harsh words); cause and effect (gentle answer > wrath away; harsh word > anger)

Romans 6:23

contrasts (sin/grace); cause and effect (sin > death); conjunctions (but)

Isaiah 40:31

comparisons (strength, soaring like eagles); figures of speech (wings, eagles)

Colossians 3:1

cause and effect (raised with Christ > set heart above); verbs (passive vs. active, imperative)

9 Things to Look for in Paragraphs

general to specific (+ vice versa); questions and answers; dialogue; purpose statements; means; conditional clauses; actions/roles of man/God; emotional terms; tone

Galatians 5:16

general to specific (live by Spirit, do not gratify sinful nature)

Galatians 5:19-21 (paragraphs)

general to specific (sinful nature specifics)

Galatians 5:22-23 (paragraphs)

general to specific (life by Spirit specifics)

Romans 12:1 (paragraphs)

general to specific (living sacrifices, spiritual act of worship)

Romans 12:9-13

general to specific (love, devotion, zeal, fervor, service, joy, hope, patience, faithfulness, prayer, sharing, hospitality)

1 Corinthians 13:1-12

specific to general ("love chapter")

1 Corinthians 13:13

specific to general ("the greatest of these is love")

Romans 6:1-2

questions and answers (Continue sinning for more grace? No!)

Romans 3:1, 5, 9, 27-31; 4:1, 9; 6:15; 7:1, 7, 13; 8:31-35; 11:1, 7, 11

questions and answers (various)

Mark 2:1-3:6

questions and answers (4 Pharisees, 1 Jesus)

Mark 2:7, 2:10

questions and answers (forgiving sins)

Mark 2:16, 2:17b

questions and answers (eating with "sinners")

Mark 2:18, 2:19

questions and answers (fasting)

Mark 2:24, 2:27b

questions and answers (work on Sabbath)

Mark 3:4

questions and answers (heart of Sabbath law)

Mark 11:27-12:40

questions and answers (4 Pharisees, 1 Jesus; parallels 2:1-3:6)

Mark 2:15-3:6

dialogue (Jesus and the Pharisees)

John 13:6-10

dialogue (Jesus, Peter, and footwashing)

Numbers 22

dialogue (Balaam and the donkey)

Habakkuk 1:1-2:20

dialogue (Habakkuk, God, the fate of Judah)

Ephesians 2:10

purpose statements ("created... to do good works")

John 3:16 (paragraphs)

purpose statements ("that he gave his... Son")

John 15:16

purpose statements ("appointed you to go and bear fruit")

Deuteronomy 6:3

purpose statements ("obey so that it may go well with you")

Psalm 119:11

purpose statements ("hidden your word... that I might not sin")

Romans 8:13

means (by the Spirit put to death misdeeds)

Psalm 119:9

means (keep way pure by living according to Word)

1 John 1:6

conditional clauses (if we claim fellowship but walk in darkness, then we lie)

2 Corinithians 5:17

conditional clauses (if anyone in Christ, then he is new creation)

Deuteronomy 28:1

conditional clauses (if you obey LORD, follow his commands, then LORD set you above all nations)

Ephesians 5:1-2

actions/roles of man/God (man = imitators; Christ = offering; God = be imitated)

Matthew 5:43-6:34

actions/roles of man/God (God = Father)

Galatians 4:12-16

emotional terms (plead, brothers, contempt, joy, tear out eyes, enemy)

Jeremiah 3:19-20

emotional terms (gladly, sons, desirable, most beautiful, Father, husband, unfaithful)

Colossians 3:1-4

tone (calm, explanatory)

Galatians 3:1-4

tone (chiding, scolding, disappointed)

Matthew 23:33-35

tone (angry, condemning)

Lamentations 3:1-6

tone (despair, gloom)

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