2. Transition words
A. “so that”, “in order that” = purpose
B. “because”, for this reason”, since”, “for” = cause of something
C. “if” and “then” = condition, something expected of someone in order for promise or blessing to be fulfilled
E. “before” or “while” or “when” or “after” or “as” = time emphasis in the writer’s mind
“nevertheless” = contrast with what was just said
G. “now” = explanation
H. “really”, “certainly” “even”, “indeed” = Emphasis
3. Six questions
Whenever you have noted the key words and key transitional words, the next thing to do is to ask the Biblical text the following questions:
A. Who wrote it? Who is the Audience? Believer, unbeliever, or both?
B. Why was it written?
C. What promise is there to claim, command to keep, sin to avoid, blessing to claim, Christ to see?
E. Where was it written?
F. How do I apply it? How will this enable me to see more of Christ?
B.What is paragraph or surrounding verses saying?
C. What is chapter saying?
D. What are surrounding chapters saying?
E. What is section of the Bible book saying?
F. What is the whole Bible book saying?
G. What is the section of the Bible saying?
H. What does whole Bible say on the subject?
5. Cross references
Having considered a basic method for approaching a given text of scripture and extracting the meaning, we can then begin to consider some tips for using illustrations to help the listener connect to the truth that is being proclaimed from God's word.