Welcome to Week 3 of our online Inductive study at the Women’s Bible Café, How to Study Your Bible. In Week 2, we studied how to observe the text to discover what it says. We discussed the importance of key repeated words and the significance of marking key words and how they “unlock” the meaning of the text. We also learned that context rules in Bible study, and without identifying the context we are in danger of misinterpreting God’s Word. We also learned how to discover the theme of each chapter in a book of the Bible and recording these themes on an At a Glance chart.
This week we will continue our observations and then will move on to Part Two of Inductive Bible Study, “Interpretation.” Our daily reading lessons this week includes:
- Chapter 3: Focusing In on the Details
- PART TWO: Interpretation – Discover What It Means!
- Chapter 4: The Search for Meaning
We have only begun to scratch the surface in Inductive Bible study. The skills you are learning are developed over time with practice and repetition. I urge you not to give up, because persistence pays off. Through these methods, God will reveal His Holy Word to you which will open a whole new world of understanding with life changing results.
Kay Arthur writes:
“If you will maintain a prayerful teachable spirit as you do your observations, you will find that the Holy Spirit will use all of this to speak to you and to reveal to you precious treasures of truth.”
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in your small group or post your answers here):
- Why ask the 5 W’s and an H (who, what, where, when, why and how) questions? What purpose does this serve?
- What can you gain from making lists about key words? (page 45)
- Read/review the 7 basic principles which will help you interpret the Bible accurately (pages 56-60). Which one had the most impact on you and why?
- Begin Practice Exercise One once you have completed this week’s reading. This exercise with instructions will be posted in the Inductive Studies chat room.