How to Study the Bible Inductively
What is Inductive Bible Study?
Inductive Bible Study simply means “the Bible is our primary text”. In other words, we are going to study the Bible text thoroughly before we ever pick up a commentary (which would be man’s interpretation of the text).
There are 3 Components to Inductive Bible Study
Observation answers the question: What does the text say?
Interpretation answers the question: What does the text mean?
Application answers the question: How does the meaning of the text apply to me?
If you would like to go a little deeper with me, I invite you to listen to my Podcast, “Engagement with Truth”.
I invite you to join my How to Study the Bible Inductively Facebook Group today! This is where you will find all the Lessons in the File Section and can comment with other students and where I go LIVE to teach a little bit more!
A Podcast that helps you learn the Inductive Bible Study Method.
You can listen below:
Engagements with Truth Inductive Bible Study Podcast
Hunger! You and I have been there. Maybe in a hospital waiting or hotel room. Right down the hall there it is! A vending machine filled with sweet and salty snacks galore. Supported by some kind of spring thing, one bag of pretzels behind another. You choose a letter and number and bam…your snack falls to the bottom of this food filled contraption and you fill your cheeks with satisfying treats.
While you watch this food falling spectacle, something else takes place you may not have noticed. Another bag of pretzels moves forward into the place of the previous one. Pretzels in place of pretzels!
I love the Gospel of John, which we are studying together here in this blog and Podcast. The meaning of this verse has been quickened to my heart by God’s Holy Spirit and to it I cling.
Here it is…
“For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace (in the Greek literally, grace in place of grace). John 1:16
Yet unlike a faulty vending machine, which sometimes gets the snack hung up on that unpredictable spring and you have to begin the machine shaking process, the grace received by this “One” will never run out. Eventually there will be no more pretzels and someone will have to fill it back up. Never, not ever, will grace reveal an empty spring. The grace found in the Lord Jesus Christ is always available. You don’t even have to pay for it because He paid for your sin on the cross! Be satisfied in His grace in place of grace! That is my prayer for myself and you.
Here is today’s Engagement with Truth heart work.
1-Continue to mark every reference to the Word and it’s synonyms in John 1:6-18
2-Continue to list everything you learn about the Word in your Engagement with Truth notebook:
v. 7 the Word is the Light
v. 9 the Word is the true Light which, coming into the world enlightens every man
Remember, we are looking at the obvious and what you are marking is a key word. A repeated word. As you continue to make this list, please don’t paraphrase. Use words directly from the text, like I did in the example above.
3-Ask the Lord to reveal how you can apply these truths to your current circumstances and journal those thoughts. Don’t just write them down…believe God and walk in them.
Oh, GRACE IN PLACE OF GRACE! GLORY TO GOD!
Labor Day 2017 is past history! Once again, students of all ages have begun the process of life-long learning in some way, shape or form. Even if you are not enrolled in a formal education program, we are all students in the school of life.
Have you ever thought about studying the Bible? When I was a young woman…a teenager to be precise…I was desperate to understand the one book that was central to my faith. How I enjoyed, no…LOVED, walking through the local Christian bookstores in search of books, Christian music, magazines and any other means by which I could discover the truths of God’s Word for myself.
One vivid memory of the learning process for me is being at a small kitchen table with a HUGE volume called “Survey of the New Testament” by Irving Jensen. I probably made it through ten pages of this classic textbook and filled three sheets of paper with notes. As I type this blog today, I can’t tell you one iota of what I learned! Perhaps you have had a similar experience with “textbook” learning.
My goal today is to help you see beyond massive and complicated works written by theologians from another time period. I want YOU to see and enjoy the Bible for yourself! And as I learned years later, knowing God’s Word for myself is definitely within my reach. Friends, I have an Associates Degree, in get this…Secretarial Science! I’m not saying I am uneducated, but I am not claiming to be a rocket scientist either.
Do you hunger for a living, vibrant relationship with a loving God? You can have it today! Bible study is not difficult when you have the right set of tools and, most importantly, the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within you. This is where I and the Bible Study Leaders at Beloved Truth Online Bible Studies long to help you reach your goal of knowing God through the greatest book ever written! Beloved Truth’s Online Bible Study Teachers have a tremendous passion to come alongside people of all ages to study the Bible in community ONLINE…anytime and anyplace! We choose our Bible studies with great care. Many of them are Inductive Bible Studies because these are the ones that give you those “simple tools” to open God’s Word in a life-changing and systematic way, but we are not limited to inductive studies. If we offer a study, we can assure you it will be one that makes your roots grow deep and encourages you to press on in the “school of life” in a manner worthy of the calling of Jesus Christ.
Want to know more about how you can register for an online study with us? Visit Beloved Truth and/or continue reading below about who we are and what we do!
Who are we and what do we do?
We are an online Bible study ministry whose vision is to reach and teach people God’s Word via the internet.
Beloved Truth Ministries provides our team of Online Bible Study Leaders with a variety of online classrooms and venues, free of charge, in which to lead effective online Bible studies.
Our mission is to connect Online Bible Study Leaders to members of the body of Christ via online venues, so that they “entrust God’s Word to faithful men and women who will be able to teach others also”. 2 Timothy 2:2
Our Online Bible Study Leaders are experienced, thoroughly vetted and agree with our Doctrinal and Mission Statements. Online Bible Study Leaders go through an application and online training process and meet requirements as defined by the Beloved Truth Leadership Team.
The Bible is the core of of Beloved Truth’s ministry and our passion is for the gospel of Jesus Christ to take flight and reach the ends of the earth, as a result of the accurate handling of God’s Word…the Bible.
Visit our homepage at belovedtruth.com to see all our existing and upcoming classes and begin your journey with us. We would be honored to connect with you in community online…anytime…anyplace!