Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Don't Start with Application!

When doing exegesis, never begin with this question: "What does this verse mean to me?" This is precisely the worst question you could ask in your small group or Bible study when you open your Bible. It puts the cart before the horse. Applying the Bible is the last step in proper biblical interpretation, not the first. It's only after we've discovered the author's original meaning to his audience that we are ready to move on to the last step of application.