The Bible Says seeks to enrich your personal bible study, small group, church or micro-church by providing easy-to-navigate commentary covering every verse in the Bible. We seek to empower lay-people, ministry leaders, and all believers by providing tools that will assist in their spiritual growth by enhancing direct access to the Biblical text. You will be able to quickly zoom into a verse or verses, and then zoom out to see the chapter context, and even zoom out further to see the book and Biblical context.
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The word text comes from the Greek word “textus”, from which we get the word “textile”, as in a tapestry. We see the whole Bible as a beautiful tapestry. Like a tapestry you cannot see where each thread connects from the front of the tapestry. But from the backside of the tapestry we see that each thread connects to other parts of the work. Likewise, understanding and studying the Bible as a whole is very important, because every chapter and every verse was written with the intention that it be read in context. We will have a quick way for you to follow these tapestry links.
In order to get full benefit of studying the Bible, we recommend the following approach:
Step 1: Observe what is stated: “What does this say?” Look through the eyes of the author, and listen through the ears of the intended audience. Ask yourself “If I were there, what would I have heard?”
Step 2: Interpret what it means: Ask yourself, “What does this mean?” We tend to begin with what we want to hear, then interpret it in a manner that supports what we had already concluded. This tendency will get in the way of us hearing what the Bible is really saying. The Bible largely interprets itself; we just need to listen.
Step 3: Correlate your interpretation: Test to see if your interpretation matches the context. Ask “Does this fit a) the immediate context? b) the greater context? c) the broad context of the entire story arc of the Bible?” If not, go back to Step 1.
Step 4: Apply what you have understood: Ask, “How can I apply this in my life?” We are engaging with the living word, the indwelling Spirit that teaches and transforms us. Application precedes transformation.