Daniel Doriani says that four overarching questions to ask when applying a passage are:4
“What should I do?” “Who should I be/become?” “What cause should I devote myself to?” and “How can I discern truth from error in this passage?”
Jack Kuhatscheck suggests that in order to apply a passage, follow three steps:5
1. Understand the original situation and the application the author intended.
2. Figure out the broader principle.
3. Apply that principle to our context.
Reflect on the passage and answer the following questions as you seek to apply the meaning to your own life/situation.
|What did I learn about God? How can I show a deeper love for Him?|
|What did I learn about others and relationships?
Is there anything different I should do to reflect my love for others?
|What did I learn about myself? Are there any attitudes or behaviors I should change?|
|What is the good news?|
|The author says:|
|Rephrase main idea in question (Am I..?)|