Context is Everything

Jan 16, 2022    Pastor Doug Thuen

7 Keys to Unlocking the Bible / Context is Everything
January 14, 2022
Study Questions
Various passages

1. Give a real-life example of when you misunderstood something because you didn’t see the whole picture or know the whole story?

2. Read Jeremiah 29:11. Without looking at the context around the verse, what incorrect conclusions could someone draw from this single verse?

3. Let’s look further into several passages and learn the value of understanding its meaning in light of the context. Apply these 4 steps as you study the passage:

a. Familiarize yourself with the book: for example, date written, author, culture,
audience. What tools do/can you use to help familiarize yourself with the book?
How does determining these things help prepare you to study the rest of the
b. Read the whole chapter and remind yourself–>who is the audience? What is the
subject/point of the overall message?
c. Identify the meaning of the verse in light of its context.
d. Determine what this passage means to believers living today.
Jeremiah 29:11; Romans 8:28-29; Philippians 4:13; Matthew 18:20; Revelation 3:20

4. How has this study helped you ensure you will interpret God’s Word accurately?