A good practice for good reading is to ask good questions of the text.
Mark Dever models this for us with regard to 1 Corinthians 7. In an appendix to his book, Twelve Challenges Churches Face, Dever asks the following questions:
- In 1 Corinthians 7:1 is Paul teaching that it is good for a man not to touch a woman or is that a Corinthian teaching that Paul is commenting on?
- Is singleness better than marriage (1 Cor. 7:1, 8, 35, 38, 40)?
- Does Paul think sex is bad (1 Cor. 7:6)?
- Is divorce allowed (1 Cor. 7:10–16)?
- Is remarriage okay (1 Cor. 7:11, 15, 39)?
- What is “the present crisis” (1 Cor. 7:26)?
- What does it mean for the married to act as if they’re not married (1 Cor. 7:29)?
- Does 1 Corinthians 7:29–35 teach asceticism?