Exegesis and Structure 1

Series: Exegesis and Structure
Presenter: Alexander Strauch

This message outlines basic principles of Bible interpretation in order for the sermon to be built on accurate, careful interpretation of a biblical text.



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Remember It

1. Why does a Bible teacher need to rightly handle the word of truth? 2 Tim. 2:15.
To wrongly handle the word of truth will produce error, even heretical teaching. This verse is to be interpreted in contrast with the false teachers who are upsetting the church in Ephesus. Paul does not want Timothy to shame himself or create worse chaos in the church.
2. Why is careful observation of the context one of the most important rules of Bible interpretation?
Context determines the meaning of the words used. It also is essential to a correct interpretation of the meaning of a text. Violating the context will always result in misinterpretation.
3. Why should we pay careful attention to figures of speech?
They are built-in illustrations for teaching a passage. Often abstract ideas are communicated through vivid figures of speech, such as Paul saying “I am an ambassador in chains,” Eph. 6:20.

Discuss It

  1. Why did the speaker emphasize so strongly the importance of meditation on and observation of the passage Eph. 6:18-20?
  2. When trying to interpret and explain to others a difficult passage, what should you do as a teacher?
  3. If you are a careful and diligent Bible interpreter, how will it affect your teaching ministry in the church?

Apply It

  1. You should purchase and have on your bookshelf at least one good book on how to interpret Scripture. This is called “hermeneutics.” You should also look for online resources that help you with hermeneutics.

Digging Deeper

“Basic Bible Interpretation: A Practical Guide to Discovering Biblical Truth,” by Roy B. Zuck