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#042: How to Read the Bible with Inductive Bible Study Method

The Bible is a good book. It is good for teaching, reproving, correcting, and training.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
— 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Bible is also a big book; it can be overwhelming trying to figure out how to read it or where to start. Sometimes, reading the Bible is like reading a bunch of riddles. Without knowing the context and the historical background of certain cultures, you may not understand what it is saying or you may misinterpret it.

There are lots of different approach to reading and studying the Bible. Today I'll share my favorite method with you. But before I go on to the details of how it works, let me say that there are two core principles when it comes to reading the Bible.

Two Core Principles in Studying the Bible

1) To read the Bible efficiently you must first have the Holy Spirit.

2) Be constant in prayers.

No matter what kind of method you use as you study, nothing will bear fruit unless the Spirit is dwelling in you. That goes hand in hand with praying constantly as you read: Before you read, pray for the Spirit to come and give you an understanding of the Word. Pray over the verse as you read, and end your quiet time with a prayer.

What is the Inductive Bible Study Method?

There are 3 simple steps to using the Inductive Bible Study Method: Observe, Comprehend and Apply.

Dig for Background Information

Before we go deep into the Word, we need to dig around for background information on the text to help us understand the Scriptures better and to prevent misinterpretation. Look for:

  • Who wrote the text?
  • Who was the author talking to?
  • What was the audience going through at the time?
  • When was it written?
  • What was the spiritual culture of that era?
  • What was the cultural norm?

Observe the Text

Now, simply read the text a few times and observe the text carefully for:

  • Repeated words/phrases/ideas
  • Contrasts
  • Comparisons
  • Lists
  • Conjunctions
  • Cause & Effects

Comprehend the Verses

Now that you have done some digging and observing, you are ready to go beyond the surface level. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What is the purpose of the verses?
  • What does the author want the audience to do/know?
  • What do these verses tell you about God and yourself?
  • What attributes of God and of man do you see in the text?
  • What is the tone of the passage?
  • What are the "if" and "then" statements?

This step of comprehending the text usually takes the longest.

Be patient and let the Spirit guide you.

Apply the Biblical Text

What good is it to only be hearer of the Word? We must also be doers of the Word, which is why the last step is to apply the text.

Ask yourself:

  • How can I implement the truth in my life this week?
  • How should the truth in the text change me?
  • What do I need to submit to the Lord after learning from the text?
  • What do I need to be repented of?
  • What are some things to praise God for or to give thanks for?

And that's it! 3 simple steps to studying the Bible with the Inductive Bible Study Method.

Get this Free Download Here to Help You Use the Inductive Bible Study Method!

Bonus Tip: Go Slow

It may sound complicated but once you get the hang of it, it really isn't difficult to do at all.

In fact, for busy women, especially if you are a mom, I want to encourage you to go slow.

A lot of times we have this expectation of what a quiet time should look like - that it should be an hour long, uninterrupted, with a warm cup of coffee and in a pretty setting.

But, really, it's about spending time with Jesus. 

If you are spending an hour and you're not getting anything out of it, what is the point of even reading?

Instead of spending an hour of wasted time, why don't we go slow and really allow the Scripture to sink in so that we understand what the Scripture is saying, then we will interpret it correctly, we'll apply it to our lives and live out the truth, and we'll remember the truth better.

As a mom, I know it's really tempting to think, "oh, I don't have time for the Bible!"

But, if we do it slowly using this Inductive Bible Study Method, it is actually tremendously beneficial to us wives and moms.

When I read the Bible slowly, I'm really dwelling on the Word and that helps renew my mind and transform my interactions with my husband and my children.

That is exactly what I want for you as well!

I want you to be infused in the Truth and truly live out the Gospel because that is what really matters.

You have a great mission in your home ministering to your husband and your kids.

But you can't do that unless you are first fueled by the Truth.

So I really want to encourage you to not push off reading the Bible but go slow and read the Bible for all its worth using this Inductive Bible Study Method.   

That is going to change you for good.

But I Need More Help!

Reading the Bible consistently is hard but it is not impossible.

With the help of the Spirit and Jesus, you can make it a daily habit.

And I'm here to help you! I'm here to serve you and make it easy for you to pursue God in this busy season of life.

In less than 3 weeks, we are going to open pre-enrollment to our online Bible study community, Indwelt Women Academy, created with YOU in mind!

It is a community where you can choose from a variety of studies and do the studies right online.

It is a one-stop shop with the biblical text, cross-references, translation comparisons, word studies, videos and discussion boards.

The whole program is Word-focused and community-focused.

We want to be here to keep you accountable - I know how hard it is to try to read on your own - when you don't have anyone to keep you accountable, you'll fall off the tracks.

This online Bible study community is a platform to support you and to pray for you as you pursue God.

I am super, super excited about this program - I cannot wait to see you inside the program, to come alongside you and to support you.

Find out here how you can become a founding member of this community created for you.