How to get legitimate application from Scripture

If I can get the context right and see why it was written to people in their situation, that will very often open up the application for me in a way that is penetrating and persuasive. If we are cutting with the grain, our applications will be that much more obvious and clearly more directly drawn from Scripture, and when that happens our understanding will be muich deeper and more significant. And the way to get there is by reading, reading and reading again; by careful observation of what it actually says, and by finding out the context as clearly as we can, so that by understanding the text in context we can move on to the application with confidence.

David Jackman, The Authentic Church, Christian Focus, 1998, p.21

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