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14- 1: When it comes to letters, we need to able to trace the author’s flow of thought.
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14- 1:  When it comes to letters, we need to able to trace the author’s flow of thought.  The first step is to see how paragraphs relate to surrounding paragraphs.  Write out your answer to the following questions as a way of gaining experience at tracing the author’s flow of thought. 

  1. How does Phil. 2:1-4 relate to Phil. 2:5-11?
  2. What is the connection between Eph. 5:15-21 and Eph. 5:22- 6:9?
  3. What role does 1 Cor. 13 play in the larger unit of 1 Cor. 12-14?

16-1:  Take the following texts through all five steps of the Interpretive Journey as explained and illustrated in Chapter 14.  Do this by answering the following five questions.

  1. Grasp the text in their town.  What did the text mean to the biblical audience?
  2. Measure the width of the river to cross.  What are the differences between the biblical audience and us?
  3. Cross the Principlizing Bridge.  What are the theological principles in the text?
  4. Consult the biblical map.  How does our theological principle fit with the rest of the Bible?
  5. Grasp the text in our town.  How should individual Christians today apply the theological principles in their lives?

17-2:  In Revelation 2-3 we find messages from Jesus Christ to seven churches in Asia Minor.  Make a chart showing the message to each of these churches in terms of the (1) command to write, (2) description of Jesus, (3) commendation of praise, (4) complaint or rebuke, (5) exhortation or warning, and (6) promise.  Then add eighth the church to the chart- your home church.  Write out the message you think Christ would speak to your church for each of the six areas.

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