This lesson introduced four types of questions that students can ask as they study each New Testament book. Which of these four types stood out to you most? Why? How do you think this type of question will help your study of the New Testament?

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    • #95338460

      Historical background is important to understand who the author is and what are the worldly circumstances that he lives under. This is important when studying the book of Revelation for sure.

    • #95334021

      The question of historical background. I believe these type of questions will allow me to better understand where the writer is coming from and will help me understand the scripture better. i don’t want to misinterpret scripture.

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      Jenny Lauterbach

      It is difficult to pick just one of the four types because I think they are all equally important, but I will focus mostly on contemporary application. This type of question will, perhaps, be most relevant to myself and my students. I teach English, but as I work to integrate the Bible into my lessons, I often find myself wondering if the information is relevant and applicable to my students in this day and age. I believe God’s truth is relevant to all cultures and time periods, but I want to learn more about how to approach this with students who are nearing adulthood.

    • #95332463

      Contemporary application stands out to me the most. I want to know how it applies to me.

    • #95319336

      Contemporary application is the most important question to me. Asking: “How does this apply to me?” helps my study of the New Testament by striving to the apply the New Testament in every aspect of my life.

    • #95317377

      The Contemporary Application stood out for me. I feel that the New Testament books of the Bible are very relational since they address the reader and requires an active response as well.

    • #95317320

      This is a toss-up between historical background and contemporary application. As a history teacher, I value and find understanding when historical context is given to the Bible. However, the most important thing is how to apply it to everyday life.

    • #95313198

      I think historical background is very important. It provides insight and context to what was written and helps us understand the overarching theme throughout the scriptures. The Bible doesn’t just tell us about one event or one person, it provides story after story and detail after detail to show us who God is and to demonstrate His power and His love for His people.

    • #95311153

      It’s very important to understand the old testament so you can fully grasp the understanding of why Jesus did what He did moving into the New testament.

    • #95309146

      They are all important to have a full understanding of the biblical text – historical background gives much insight into the culture at the time which is very different from our modern day culture.

    • #95309112

      The question of the historical background interests me because it shows the plan of God continues from Old Testament to New Testament even though there was a “silent” period of 400 years before the greatest event of God’s redemptive plan was revealed in Jesus Christ.

    • #95308044

      I study the Bible for personal reasons so that I can grow in my walk with the father and lead others to him.

    • #95300280

      I really think context is most important. Understanding the Old Testament was an important point in understanding the New Testament because it provides the back story to the story moving forward.

    • #95300230

      I think the type of question that stuck out to me most was considering the context of the text. I believe that Scripture has been taken out of context so much, and used to justify/explain ideas in which it was not originally intended. It is so important to ask the context so you can get a good understanding of what was happening at the time this book was written. Who the book was intended for, and the events that were taking place at the time it was being written.

    • #95299598

      I think the contemporary application is the most relevant for me and carries the most value. A a teacher, I look to interest the students in the scriptures and what they mean for them right now. Application to their lives is very important and it makes it relevant. I feel it is important for them to make connections that will bring meaning to the scriptures in their lives. Doctrine and history is important but today’s students need to feel the gospel is real and relevant to them.

    • #95294729

      As a history major I am very comfortable in the study of both old and new testament for the factual, historic value of the Torah and prophetic writings, but to me it is all about contemporary application in the “day to day” in the day to day living that not only prompts me to look into the Gospels and Epistles, but connect the old testament writings to those of Jesus, Paul, etc. Those old testament puzzle pieces are the foundation of the rest, not only to the Jew that would have understood the arguments of Paul and the wisdom of Christ, but also to the Gentile like me who is “in the camp” but wants all of the pieces to guide me from moment to moment, in weak and strong times.

    • #95294332

      Contemporary application is interesting because if we are not careful we can do a lot of harm. I think that the four type of questions are important to ask together to get a more complete picture.

    • #95293826

      I think contemporary applications stood out because it is so interesting to me how different people can read a text and each can take away a different application. I think it’ll be helpful to see questions addressed.

    • #95290336

      Of the four questions to ask I think the Contemporary Application is the most important, because it prevents taking the passage out of context and applying a meaning that the original author never intended. Also Contemporary application presumes a study of the historical context and interpretation of the text.

    • #95283287

      I think of the four questions that Theology stands out the most to me. I know it is so important to watch our life and our doctrine closely as the Bible says so I appreciate the sequential process of studying scripture that keeps the context in mind and works to understand the correct interpretation. I know that having correct theology needs to come first so I can then move to make a contemporary application. So I think this type of question helps us dig deep into scripture and leads us to correct application as well. Too many people like to make the Bible say something that it never actually says. I know asking the theology questions helps to prevent me from being one of those people.

    • #95283211

      Historical background and theology. I have heard so many pastors continuously said that it is very important to understand what was the socio-economic context, because the application cannot be something that it was not applicable back then. So many times we get verses so out of context because we do not pay attention to how the society was lay out and what was going on in that period.
      Theology calls me just because I like to study. Theology helps me know God, in all His facets/sides. His just nature is written all through the Bible from the fall to giving us justification through Jesus Christ. The righteousness of faith, as well as the righteousness of His wrath, is just theology, and I feel knowing theology helps you know Him more, the more you know someone the more you want to spend time with that person. Theology helps you grow spiritually, and in the process of the sanctification of your soul.

    • #95280747

      For me, Contemporary Application stood out the most. As a high school teacher, students are looking for what the Gospel means for them in their lives, right now. The history and interpretation are “okay” in their eyes, but they long for real life meaning that they can apply and use on an everyday basis. My desire is to be able to better help them see and make those applications so that Christ is more real for them.

    • #95280565

      I believe Interpretation stood out to me because as a studying Minister I believe the correct interpretation not only helps me with sermons and teaching but I believe it would personally strengthen my faith in the word of God.

    • #95278631

      I think the most interesting topic question is the contemporary application, or how it impacts individual’s lives. The statement that the application could very well be different for every reader strikes me as true and complicates the issue as a teacher. Whenever I look at a text subconsciously interpret it and especially when reading the Bible look for its application and relevance in my life. I think it is essential to go through this process as the Bible cannot only be read; it must be practiced.

    • #95278117

      Historical, exegesis, theological and contemporary application are the 4 types of questions. Theology stood out the most which would be to develop and advance the studies of the central lessons and the major doctrines of the Bible. Focusing on theology can bring about deeper spiritual understanding of the New Testament along with any bible studies.

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