The Inductive Bible Study Handbook

Learn to Read, Observe, Interpret, and Apply the Bible

Age Range: Youth - Adult
Overview

As followers of Christ read God’s Word, the Holy Spirit opens their minds and hearts to receive the Word, and then uses it to encourage, strengthen, convict, direct, and instruct. This booklet has been written to help you diligently study Scripture to understand it correctly and delve more deeply into the God-intended meaning of His Word by employing the following four steps: read, observe, interpret, and apply.

The handbook is also a wonderful stand-alone resource to help parents, teachers, and students gain a better understanding of how to study the Bible. It is also used in conjunction with the Open My Eyes youth curriculum and is needed by students to complete both the Student In-Class Notebook and the Student At-Home Journal. (47 pages)

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Overview

Order one for each teacher and small group leader. One copy comes in the Open My Eyes Classroom Kit.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26)

This is a promise Jesus gave His disciples before He went to the cross. But it wasn’t for them alone. As every follower of Christ reads God’s Word, the Holy Spirit will open your mind and heart to receive the Word, and then to bring it to mind to encourage, strengthen, convict, direct, and instruct you. However, the promise of the Holy Spirit’s illuminating work does not negate our responsibility to be like the Bereans in Acts 17 “examining the Scriptures daily.”

This booklet has been written to help you diligently study Scripture in order to understand it correctly and delve more deeply into the God-intended meaning of His Word by employing the following four steps:

  1. Read—Regularly read your Bible with purpose, recording your thoughts and questions, as you get to know God better.
  2. Observe—Dig deeper into the passage and analyze the context, grammar, literary techniques, and historical setting to discover the author’s intended meaning.
  3. Interpret—Use the Bible to interpret the Bible! Use sound principles of interpretation, check cross references, and consult an expert to discern the biblical principle of the text.
  4. Apply—Discover how God wants you to respond to the passage using life application questions and considering the action step you can take. Ask: What should I think? What should I be? What should I do?

The handbook is also a wonderful stand-alone resource to help parents, teachers, and students (Middle School - High School) gain a better understanding of how to study the Bible. It is also used in conjunction with the Open My Eyes youth curriculum and is needed by students to complete both the Student In-Class Notebook and the Student At-Home Journal. (47 pages)