How to Read Scripture


The branch of theology concerned with the principles governing the interpretation of the Holy Scriptures

Below are the hermeneutic principles that guide our faithful reading of Holy Scripture.

Stick with the plain meaning of the text.

The words of Scripture are taken in the normal, intended sense unless the context compels us to understand them in some other way.

Scripture interprets Scripture.

Passages dealing with the same topic explain and support each other. Clear passages help us understand difficult ones.

Pay attention to the context.

Read the parts of Scripture in light of the whole of Scripture.

Read in light of the rule of faith.

The unity of Scripture shapes what we believe about God and His

Interpret Scripture christologically.

All of Scripture is centered on the
redeeming work of Jesus Christ.

Rightly distinguish between Law and Gospel.

The proper distinction between Law and Gospel is necessary to understand Scripture rightly.

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the sole rule, judge, and norm of our faith and doctrine. The verbally inspired and inerrant Word of God is the only rule and norm according to which all doctrines and teachers must be appraised and judged (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 6:68). The focus of the Scriptures is the proclamation of God’s saving work in Christ Jesus (John 20:30,31; Luke 24:44-47; Hebrews 1:1-2).