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Others may ask what is Inductive Bible Study? Basically it is an analytical and methodical method of studying passages or whole books of the Bible ranging from book studies (Titus, Romans, 2 Peter, etc), to topical studies (eg. Spiritual Gifts, etc), to character studies (esp in the OT) (eg., Abraham, Issac, Jacob, etc) to thematic studies (eg. Covenant, etc).

The main text for this means of Bible Study is, well, the Bible. Look at it this way. Inductive Bible Study is done: IN-DUctive BIBLE (that’s: In the Bible)! What does this mean? It means when you study Titus, you will read the book of Titus so many times it will be nearly memorized.

There are three main parts to this method of Bible study:

Observation: this asks the question “what does the Bible say?” So, here you are going to be doing a lot of looking for specific things asking 6 main questions (called the 5W’s and an H): who?, what?, when?, where?, why?, how? Who is talking to who? What is being said about what? When was it said or when did it take place? Why was it an issue? How was it communicated? and so on. Not every W or H will need to be asked every time but it is part of the process. Again, we are trying to find out what a text or passage or book is saying (and not saying). When you do this you have to read and read and read the passage. Also, it in this step you’ll be marking your Bible (or printed version) up quite a bit. If we take Titus as an example in asking the who question we may mark Paul and synonyms in one color and Titus and synonyms in another. Then, we’d make a two colum list and note things about Paul in one column and note things about Titus in the other and them compare. It helps is to see who is saying what to who (for example).

Interpretation: This step asks the question “what does the text mean?“ Here is where one would get into word studies, look up word meanings for words not understood, do some background reading and such working to get the context of what is being said because context is always king in interpretation. Even so, good interpretation flows out of observation. So we can use our observation notes to help glean the meaning of a text.

Application: Finally, this step asks the question “how does the meaning of this text apply to present life?” Here one is going to determine the timeless truths the text conveys. It is a little more subjective here but if one has done his or her homework (good observation and solid interpretation) then the application will often be clear in its meaning. This may be where the “how?” question of the 5 W’s and an H come in. Anytime a truth is encountered it needs to be applied to life, it needs to be taken in and put to work on one’s heart and mind to bring transformation and change. It should bring us closer to God not push us away. If a truth is encounter either repentance will happen, or praise will be uttered, forgiveness and reconciliation sought out, relationships mended and hearts made whole again!

from http://sunestauromai.wordpress.com/2008/08/09/inductive-bible-study/

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