Four Steps in Scripture Study and Explanation
- Exegesis: What does the text say? A procedure is practiced on the text.
- Hermeneutics: What does the text mean? Principles of interpretation are applied to the text.
- Theology: What truths are taught in the text? The theological points of the passage are summarized.
- Homiletics: How do we apply the text? The truth of the passage is presented with appropriate practical application.
It can be very tempting to skip the first three steps. Some Scriptural explanations begin with statements such as, “What this passage means to me is…” Skipping to the fourth step too quickly is Bible butchery.