Over the past week, I’ve been going deeper in my understanding of the Inductive Bible Study Method, which is a slow and detailed method of study that aims to get the as much meaning out of the text as possible, understanding it as it was intended to be understood. I’ve made a guide for this method of study so that you can look over it and possibly begin your own inductive study! Let me know if you have any questions!!
Inductive Bible Study
What is the Inductive Bible Study Method?
The Inductive Bible Study Method is a three-step method of studying a passage of Scripture to find the intended meaning of the passage in order to ensure an accurate interpretation and application of it to your life.
What are the steps?
Step One is Observation, which answers the question: What does it say? Using six questions (who, what, when, where, why, and how), one reads with a critical eye to find out exactly what the author is saying. This step includes marking and making lists of key words, focusing on contrasts and comparisons, and exploring the context. Step Two is Interpretation, which answers the question: What does it mean? Context rules interpretation, meaning that Scripture must be considered as a whole rather than by individual verse. Some tools that can be used during interpretation include word studies of the original Greek or Hebrew, an analysis of the grammatical structures, and an understanding of the social and political spheres in which the text was written. Step Three is Application, which answers the question: So what do I do with it? This step involves taking the truths learned in the first two steps and applying it to your life. It involves using your beliefs to shape your behavior.
What are some good reminders when using the Inductive Bible Study Method?
Always remember to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you Truth before you begin studying the Bible. He is the only one who can give you the understanding necessary to bring about a change of heart. Also, it’s important to write and journal while studying the Bible so you can go back and remember what you studied and learned.
Why should I study the Bible?
Christians are called to continually meditate on the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Studying the Word of God equips us to be the men and women the Lord has called us to be. Ephesians 6:17 says, “Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” The Word of God is the only offensive weapon mentioned in the armor of God, and Scripture is what Jesus used to combat the lies of the devil in the desert, so we should study it and meditate on it so we can stand firm and ward off the attacks of the enemy.
How will studying the Bible change my life?
I can tell you from personal experience that studying the Bible reveals facets of God’s character that you won’t be able to know or understand any other way. Studying the Bible shapes your beliefs, which in turn shapes your behavior. Psalm 119 shows that a love for the Word and Law of the Lord can bring joy, peace, and healing. The best way to know God and his character is through study of his Word, because it was divinely inspired: Scripture is literally the Lord speaking directly to his children!
Inductive Bible Study can truly transform your walk with the Lord and, as a result, your life if you let it!