This acrostic (“TIP”) might be helpful in remembering the necessary process of studying the Bible. Much can be said about each step, but this little item attempts to provide us a brief reminder.
Text (content, words, context, history)
- Answers: What does the text say?
Intent (understanding, meaning, “interpretation”)
- Answers: What did the original author mean?
Practice (application, relevance)
- Answers: How do we apply the text?
I don’t offer much that’s original above, except for the acrostic. This is the normal historical-grammatical approach to Bible study, put in summary form for simple people like me.
No one can understand the Bible by opening it haphazardly and reading a verse. It deserves a full reading and focused study, so that we might know its content, understand its message and apply it in a correct and coherent manner, just as 2 Tim 2.15 instructs us.