Sometimes the best way to understand what a Bible passage is saying is to approach it from several different angles. This is NOT to suggest that we can make it mean whatever is convenient for our message. Rather, when we are willing to try different perspectives, we can sometimes get past our own built-in prejudices and see the passage in a much more clear light. Here are four exercises you can do with a group to view a passage from different angles:
Have everyone rewrite the passage in their own words.
Use a whole chapter, have each person pick out their favorite verse and explain why.
Ask and answer the “who, what, why, where, when” questions about the passage.
Have different people try to boil the entire passage down to a 3-4 word statement.