The Bible Study Framework is a simple Bible study tool that encourages the serious Bible student to follow a process where Scripture interprets Scripture. It’s not especially unique. Charlie Brackett, in his book “Bible Study for Joy and Profit” advocates something similar and develops it directly from the encounter between Jesus and the lawyer in Luke 10:25-28.

1a Bible question

It starts with a question. Fundamentally, we all have questions about what God’s word means for our lives. After all, His word offers a literal plan for your eternal salvation.

2a Bible answer

If we have questions about the Bible, should we not expect it to contain the answer? Indeed, the apostle Paul was sent “to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.” (Col 1:25-26)

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When looking to the Bible for passages that might relate to the question, four other questions will need to be asked and answered for each passage. This is the critical step that leads toward not only an understanding of the original verse(s) but based on its context, how it actually applies to the main question.

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what does it say?

[Jesus:”What is written?”]In your own words, restate what the passage is saying – not so much what you think it’s saying, but what it actually says. Usually pretty simple, but sometimes hard not to commentate.

what’s the context?

Consider the surrounding context of the passage. It may be necessary to think about surrounding verses, chapter, or maybe the entire book. This may be the most critical part of getting to an accurate interpretation.

how does it inform?

[Jesus:”What is your reading of it?”]The passage was picked for a reason; we “thought” it applied. But based on the context, does it really and how? This is the most dangerous part of getting to an accurate interpretation.

does it apply?

Yes or no? A simple affirmation based on your analysis through the first three questions.

Jesus answered him, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born? Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Jesus answered with a truth: unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus didn’t understand and asked how someone that is old be born again as he can’t enter back into his mother’s womb?  Jesus answered expounding on the same truth: unless one is born of water and the Spirit [born again] he cannot enter [see] the kingdom of God.

Jesus is approached at night (in secret) by Nicodemus, a Pharisee and “ruler of the Jews” (vs 1).

BSF sample

This is an example of a ‘Scripture-block’ where the Bible Study Framework has been applied. Scripture-blocks are the foundation for every answer provided at ScriptureInterpretsScripture.com.

The Scripture itself is taken straight from the English Standard Version. Each toggle attempts to address the first two questions in the BSF – ‘What does it say?’ and ‘What is the context?’.

Each Scripture-block will be uniquely applied to each question when appropriate. Feel free to add your input in the comments at the bottom of any question!

Finally, the answer….your answer….God’s answer to the question. Gathering together each conclusion about how the passages inform into one summary. An answer that is based on all that the Bible has to say on the matter, without Scripture weighting.

Of course, you may discover new passages over time as you grow in spirit and in truth. That’s to be expected. As we read more of God’s word, we will inevitably find other passages that relate to the questions that we have. Our answers and conclusions of truth may be strengthened or possibly reshaped. May we have hearts that will always listen to the full counsel of God’s word and conform to the sound doctrine that results.

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