This is a simple easy to learn and teach curriculum on how we can study and know God's Word. It is designed and has been used for High School and Adult groups very successfully! It requires little effort on the leader's part, other than to read through it, and have a love and desire to get into God's Word yourself. Because if you do not have a love and passion to be intimate with God, then how will you be able to communicate it to those God has entrusted to you for discipleship?
We started to teach people inductive Bible study in the late 70's and became a ministry in 1988. These studies have been carefully crafted by years of research and application to teach you how to do it yourself! It is our call to help you to understand...
Building your Bible Reading and Study Skills
The more you expose yourself to the Bible, the more God will expose Himself to you! This curriculum is designed to help you develop the essential basic Bible Study Skills necessary to grow deeper in the faith.
To surrender our will to God's will is the essential element of being a growing Christian. God's Word provides the way; you simply provide the means.
The capable Bible student is rooted and grounded in the spiritual disciplines of the faith, whose drive is their passionate love relationship to the Lordship of Christ. And what flows out of it is the desire to love God's people, to herd them with love into the pastures of maturity.
Inductive Bible Study is a method for learning how to exegete the Bible for all its worth by our best efforts. We do this through learning the tools and skills to help us observe the text, dig out the meaning, and then apply it to our lives.
The Cheat Sheet
The Essentials of Inductive Bible Study. You can keep this guide "tucked" in your Bible for reference and guidance.
Here is the Bible Reading Chart for using the Inductive Bible Study method. Here you can write down and record all of your observations, what your have learned, your questions, and even make a commitment on what you will do with the information from God's most precious Word!
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How to Study the Bible Curriculum
Introduction to How to Study the Bible
Session I: The Importance of God's Word
We must realize that our Lord can and will bring goodness and glory to any situation that He is glorified.
Session II: Make "7-UP" Yours
The capable Bible student is rooted and grounded in the spiritual disciplines of the faith, whose drive is their passionate love relationship to the Lordship of Christ.
Session III: Getting away from Distractions!
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Session IV: God's Love Letter
The proper use of our abilities and gifts as a Christian is always within the parameters of love.
Session V: The Bible is a greater Reality
If someone said the word "holiness" to you, what would come to your mind first? You'd probably associate holiness with God. But did you ever stop to think about what God's holiness is all about?
Lesson VI: FIND OUT FOR YOURSELVES!
Our desires must be focused on Him: Christ our Lord. We must feel the anticipation and the excitement to be with and in Him, so that we not only hear His Word; but we do His Word.
BRINGING OUR MIND TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD! If you do not have the right attitude and mindset, you will not get much out of God's Word, because your will is in the way of His!
These are the basics on how we can go about studying God's Word. This is called the science of "exegetical method," but there is no need for big words here.
ASK WHAT DOES IT SAY? Now Begin a detailed study of the passage. You thought you already did? Actually you have just begun!
When observing, we first ask what it says, then and only then can we observe what it means. Too many people like to get into a hurry and "cut to the chase" for the meaning, and miss a lot and even get the meaning wrong!
Session XI: "The importance of context and tools"
Be aware of the CONTEXT! The Bible cannot mean something else from what it does say. The Bible cannot mean what it never meant!
Asking questions are the tools to take God's Word and examine it. After this, we learn and grow.
Just as the Customs Officer asks you with a deep stern and convicting look when you enter a country, "do you have anything to declare," so must we declare Christ with even more passion and conviction! And we can only do it with knowing it, knowing Him and His Word. This is the step that helps us "internalize" what we are learning.
This is the step where the rubber of the tires meets the road. All the previous five steps lead up to this. This is the main point of why we study the Bible, to do something with it.
"Learning to use the Chart" This is the step where you keep track of what you learn.
What are the types of Literature "genres" in the Bible?
The Bible is not one "book," it is a "library" of sixty-six books that were written over a period of more than a 1,500 years by many different authors. These authors were "inspired" in their thinking and writing by the Holy Spirit.
About all those different versions, and translations?
Remember the Bible was written in Hebrew for most of the Old Testament, and Greek for the New Testament. So there are always many ways to translate a different language.
The Tools and resources you need to Know!
These are the book resources to help you to understand the text, meanings, and historical circumstances, so you can get more out of your studies.
Going deeper: It is about integrating our prayer and Scripture life for greater spiritual stimulation that leads to greater understanding of our Lord and then greater application of His precepts. As we read God's Word we can and should be praying to our Lord, too. This combines two essential aspects of our Christian walk, Bible reading and prayer, used together for our personal impact of faith and synergy to impact our faith and church.