Has someone misunderstood a situation you were in because they didn’t know the whole story?
Read out loud these three news headlines. “Hawaiian Monk Seal Gets Eel Student Up Its Nose; “Parents Turn To Craigslist After Son Forgets Location of Parking Garage;” “Canada Man Flew 1,400 Miles in the Wrong Direction After Boarding the Wrong Flight to the Arctic.” Brainstorm the questions you would ask to try to figure out what happened.
Have you ever read a story in the Bible that doesn’t seem like it could happen now?
When you learned about the context of the story, did it make it seem more real?
How does knowing context help you understand the story you are reading better or change how you see it?
Read Philippians 4:13. How does knowing the context of this verse change what you have always thought about it?
Why do you think it’s important to include others in your learning of Scripture and what Scripture means for your life? Who are a few people you can learn the context of Scripture alongside, and who can help you see Scripture more clearly and also how to apply it to your life?
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