How to Understand the Bible

In this quote from John Wycliffe (1328-1384), he emphasizes the importance of considering the historical and literary context of Scripture.  He recognized the importance of using the whole Bible to interpret the Bible.  I have preserved the original vocabulary of this statement.

It shall greatly help ye to understande Scripture,
If thou mark
Not only what is spoken or wrytten,
But of whom,
And to whom,
With what words,
At what time,
Where
To what intent,
With what circumstances,
Considering what goeth before
And what followeth. 

A Wanted Poster from Jesus

Wanted

People who are willing to say “no” to self and “yes” to God.  Involves a denial of self, cross-bearing, and a daily commitment to following your Master in life.  Will train.  For more information make Jesus Christ the Lord of every aspect of your life.

(Based on the words of Jesus Christ in Luke 9:23-26)