A brief guide to
Inductive Bible Study
Ask the Spirit to guide your study
What does the text say?
- Ask investigative questions:
- Who is speaking? Who are the main people? Who is being spoken to?
- What is happening? What is the scene? What is the cultural context of the passage?
- Where is the passage taking place?
- When did or will the events take place?
- How did people respond? How did Jesus react?
- Look for grammatical connections: repeated words, comparisons, contrast, cause and effect.
- Identify keywords and phrases.
- Note verb tenses for key verbs.
- Look for conjunctions such as since and therefore. Why are those words in the sentence?
What does the passage mean?
- Develop some questions based on the text. Ask what is the significance of your main observation and why they happened.
- Imagine the perspective of the people in the scene. If Jesus spoke, why did he say what he said?
- Answer the questions from the text and the context.
- Try to summarize the passage in one sentence. What is the main point the author is communicating to the audience?
What does the passage mean to me?
- How do you respond to what this passage is saying? Does it challenge how you see the world?
- Is there a central truth that needs to put into practice?
- What are the implications of the passage for the community of which you are a part?
Pray that God will help you believe and obey.