WHO IS INVOLVED?
Who wrote the book?
Who are the Major Characters?
Who was the book written to?
WHAT ARE THE EVENTS?
What are the key events in this passage?
What are the big ideas?
What particular problems are addressed?
WHEN DID IT HAPPEN?
When was it written?
WHERE DOES IT TAKE PLACE?
SEARCH FOR THESE CLUES:
Comparisons (the Kingdom of Heaven is like...)
Contrasts (light vs. dark, good vs. evil...)
Transitionary Words (i.e. therefore, because, and, or, then, for, etc.)
Cause and Effect (if...then statements)
LOOK FOR S.P.E.C.K.S.
Sins to avoid
Promises to claim
Examples to follow
Commands to obey
Knowledge to gain about God, Christ, or myself
Stumbling blocks to avoid
Interpret Scripture by Scripture.
Use different translations of the Bible.
Each passage has 1 interpretation, but many applications.