We must learn to ask the right questions about each passage

  1. Remember that you can’t understand the text without understanding the whole Bible
    1. Preaching Deuteronomy and law will be very moralistic and full of history
    2. Unless you understand that these laws all get us to see our failure
    3. The 10 commandments lead to the sacrifices and sacrificial system
  2. We need to learn to recognize a paragraph, a passage
    1. Every paragraph has a point
    2. It has a topical sentence
    3. The point may be hard to understand or find but it is your job to look for it as much as possible
  3. We ask ourselves “What does the passage say?”
  4. We ask ourselves “What does the passage mean?”
  5. “How does this apply to their life, now, where they live, and what they are doing?”
  6. Important questions as you prepare
    1. What does this text teach about God and His character and ways?
    2. What does this text teach about fallen humanity?
    3. How does this text point to Christ?
    4. What does God want my people to know?
    5. What does God want my people to do?