“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
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 key words 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 is challenge how you see the world?
- Is there a central truth need 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.