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HOW TO DIG FOR SPIRITUAL GOLD
DIGGING OUT THE FLOW OF THOUGHT

WHAT TO DIG FOR:  THE FLOW OF THOUGHT AND THE CONNECTIVES

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHILE DIGGING:
      What is the flow of thought?
            What is the overall theme?

 

                       
            Where are the changes in subject?

           
            How can the book be outlined?

 

      About the Flow of Thought:
            How does this verse fit into the flow of thought of the book?

 

            How does this verse fulfill the author's purpose?

 

      About the CONNECTIVES:  Look for any connectives in the book that….
            Reveal a similarity (too, also likewise, as, just as, so also, like, in
            the same way, etc.)
                  I also like to go hiking.

                  "In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not it is not
                  accompanied by action, is dead."  (James 2:17)           

            Show a contrast (but, yet, although, much more, nevertheless, etc.)
                  It looks good, but I am on a diet.

                  "But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt."  (James
                  1:6)  You can ask, but you need to ask in the proper way.

      Give a reason (because, for, since, for this reason, for this purpose, etc.)
            Since I have to get up early, I am going to need to leave.

            "because you know that the testing of your faith develops
            perseverance."  (James 1:3)  This is the reason you can
            "Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials."

      Show a result or call for a response (therefore, so, then, as a result, thus,                                                             etc.)
            Y2K could cause a shortage of food in grocery stores, therefore it will             be wise to stock up with food before January first.

            "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it,             sins."  (James 4:17)  The proper response is that we should do what we             know we should do.

      Accomplish a purpose (in order that, so that, etc.)
            I put the ladder up against the house, so that I can climb up on the
            roof.

            "When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong                   motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures."  (James             4:3)  They were praying so that they could get things for themselves. 

      Give a condition (if--then, etc.)
            If you do not want to get a cold, you should dress warm.

            "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives
            generously.."  (James 1:5)

      Describe a series (and, or, first of all, last of all, etc.)
            I put the food away, washed the dishes, and put away the trash.

            "And the prayer offered if faith will make the sick person well."  (James             5:15)