Context makes things clearer

The Bible is the number one best seller of all-time, but the idea of reading it isn’t always that appealing. Maybe that’s because, for a lot of us, we’re just not sure that what’s written in the pages is all actually true. Take a look at a few reasons we can trust that the Bible is not only true but also something we can read and understand with clarity as well.

• It’s not actually a book. It’s a collection of documents. Some are letters, some are poems, some are history books, and some are prophecies.
• There are 66 documents that have been combined together to create the Bible.
• It was written by dozens of different people.
• It wasn’t written all at once. It was written over the course of more than 1,500 years.



Luke 1:1-4
Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,
 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.



  1. What’s your favorite book?
  2. Which of these can you relate to best when it comes to the way you see the Bible . . .
    • It’s difficult to understand.
    • It’s weird.
    • It’s too long.
    • It’s about people who have been dead for a really long time.
    • You hate reading anything.
    • You just let the adults at your church explain it to you and tell you what you need to hear.
  3. If you had to define the word context in your own words, what would you say?
  4. Why is it important to know context when it comes to reading the Bible?
  5. Read Luke 1:1-4. As a doctor, why do you think Luke was so intentional to talk about the research he put into
    his writing?
  6. What are some ways you can get clearer context for the passages and verses of the Bible you read?
  7. What’s one thing you wish you knew more about when it comes to the Bible?



What do you hope to get out of the Bible when you read it this week?



  1. Spend 5 more minutes reading the word than you did last week.
  2. Research questions you don’t know the answers to.
    Who was it written to?
    Who wrote it?
    When was it written?
    Why was it written to those people at that time?