I used to think that, too. This particular method is not a 5 minute devotion in the morning before breakfast. And sometimes, that is all a busy woman has in her day. I began investigating this method a couple of years ago, when my children were much younger, and at the time it seemed like an insurmountable method meant for empty nesters. (That’s really what I thought!)
The best part of this particular method is the concept of using Scripture to check Scripture. This is where it really spoke to me and I was drawn into utilizing the inductive method. And I will never be the same.
A few colored pencils, some symbols and coding, and answering a few questions has become something richer and has taken me to a more intimate walk with the Lord. Using His Word to compare and contrast and investigate His Word is profoundly moving. The way God’s Word fits together – from beginning to end – has blown my mind and given me a clearer understanding of the Redemption Plan of the Creator of the Universe, which fully includes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
If you are new to the inductive study method but want to dig into one, I would personally recommend Kay Arthur’s Covenant: God’s Enduring Promises to get you started. I am still reeling from the way God has so lovingly woven His promise of Covenant from Genesis through Revelation. It has changed the way I understand salvation, redemption, and God’s promises. Powerful stuff! It will also help you get your feet wet in the inductive study method, as Kay Arthur walks you through some of the logistical aspects of studying in this way. The subject of the study is a great way to learn to dig, layer by layer, into God’s Word.
For quick review:
You need a few tools including a good study Bible (the ESV for word-for-word accuracy or the NLT for thought-for-thought translation), a notebook or 4×6 cards to record your notes, colored pencils and a key for your color-coding method. A good Bible concordance is useful for understanding unfamiliar terms, and a Hebrew-Greek Lexicon is a great reference for understanding the nuances and specific words used for comparison and contrast.
You want to Observe, Interpret and Apply the studied passage asking the questions Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? Note the people involved, time spans and locations, commands or directives, and ask yourself questions about what you see. Why are these things significant? How do they fit into the scheme of the passage, into the book in which it was written, and so forth.
This particular Bible study method has become my favorite, although it requires some planning around family schedules and events, but I find that when I get started, I do not want to stop studying His Word and learning more about our God.
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