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Spiritual Growth. What comes to mind when you think of that term?
Spiritual growth is an element that all believers need to have in their lives. It is vital for us to grow from the milk of the Word to the meat of the Word.
Peter teaches us in 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
The writer of Hebrews says it this way in Hebrews 5:13-14:
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
A Solid Foundation based on Inductive Bible Study
You need a solid foundation for your spiritual growth.
Are you looking for a place to study His Word?
Then you are in the best place to study with me as we learn
- to carefully observe what we are reading
- based on context, we interpret what we understand the truth to be
- to apply these truths to our lives so we can have a closer walk with the LORD
There are two types of study posts:
- read and glean posts, where I perform the study and you read it, possibly making notes as you go along
- step-by-step study posts, where we will walk through the inductive study steps to learn together
The other types of posts you will find here are meant to encourage you, help you grow your prayer life and steady you in your faith walk.
As we study His word, whether it is a topical study, word study, or a book study, we will utilize the steps in the Inductive Bible Study Method: How to Study the Bible Inductively. —>>>
That is, we will observe and interpret text based on context. Then we will apply it so that we can live according to the Word. You won’t be doing this alone as I will walk you through the steps, helping you along the way.
Go – Gather – Grow is about studying the Word of God. Will you join me?
Study for Yourself
It is imperative that Christ-followers study the Word of God. Paul wrote to Timothy saying,
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” in 2 Timothy 2:15.
David, the Psalmist, spoke of the importance of strong roots when he mentioned in Psalm 1:3
“and he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.“
Solomon, David’s son and the wisest man in Bible times, teaches the importance of knowing
“wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.” Proverbs 1:1-4.
This doesn’t happen by osmosis. Rather, it happens by diligently studying the Word of God in addition to reading it. We need to observe, interpret and apply what we learn so that we might live lives pleasing to God.
Inductive Bible Study will help Spiritual Growth
Inductive Bible Study is a term where the reader studies the Bible by using the Bible. The Bible is consistent in its truth. It reveals the very nature of God. It also reveals our nature.
To understand the Bible, we need to study it carefully. Spiritual growth will develop when we have a consistent diet of reading the Word and studying it.
Spiritual growth is necessary for believers to be able to share the gospel message. Paul teaches us “to be ready in season and out of season,” 2 Timothy 4:2. This means that we should know the Word to be ready to exhort, correct, teach and yes, even preach it. God will place people across your path who He knows needs to hear what you have to say.
God wants to use YOU to help someone else!
Studying the Word inductively means that you are an active participant in the study. You are using the best textbook in the world: the Bible. And, the best teacher is Holy Spirit, who is more than willing to help you study the Father’s Word!
Before we move on, remember that all Bible Study should begin with Prayer. Invite the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read and study. Ask Him to open your eyes to see the truth right there in front of you. Ask Him to help you understand the hard parts.
The “How” of Inductive Bible Study
Inductive study is basically three things: observe, interpret and apply what you learn. You ask yourself some simple questions as you read and take note of the answers. This will help your spiritual growth in the Word. And believe me, you WILL grow spiritually!
And it isn’t scary if you take it step-by-step.
When you look at the whole of it, it can seem overwhelming but break it down into smaller chunks. You’ll find it more manageable.
The observation questions are the 5 W’s and H: who, what, where, when, why and how.
By asking these questions one by one, you will read the text several times. Focus on one question at a time. Write down your answers or better yet, mark them in your Bible. I will show you how to mark and code the text for consistent markings.
An example of some questions that I would ask as I start every study:
- who is the author
- who is the author writing to
- why is the author writing to these people
- what is the response from these people
- where is the author
- where are the people
- what is going on around them, ie, cultural, political, etc
The 5 W questions help you to observe the text. They are important in understanding what the text is about. You will be surprised at what you discover at this stage. Recording your findings, either by marking the text or writing it down, will help you remember the text. This stage will open your eyes to what is really happening in the Bible. It is like you are becoming an eye-witness to the events!
There are other ‘observation’ elements as well, such as comparisons and contrasts or geographic location and the expression of time. This is covered in the post, Inductive Study Method: How to Study Inductively. I also have it as a free eBook in the free library.
Once you have observed all there is to observe, you move on to the next step. That is, you will now interpret what you have observed.
You don’t need a degree in theology to study the Word inductively. You do need the Holy Spirit though. So, actively invite Him to participate with you in your study. And, trust that He is there with you. If you don’t understand something, speak to Him. You may not see Him with your eyes, but He is with you.
To interpret what you have observed means to determine the meaning of the text. Your interpretation should always be based on Scripture.
Scripture is the best interpreter of itself.
For example, if you interpret a passage to be one thing but yet, elsewhere in the Bible, it is saying the opposite, then you have misinterpreted the passage. You then need to re-examine your findings and interpret it again.
The Bible is never wrong, but, we are often wrong and need to adjust our thoughts accordingly.
To successfully interpret the text, keep the passage you are studying in context. This means reading the verses before and after your text. It also means to keep the chapters in context as well.
I remember while teaching Sunday School, the teacher’s guide always had a section for Application. I didn’t really understand it then but I do now.
It isn’t enough to just know the ‘Bible stories.’ We need to be able to apply the truth principles to our lives as well.
For example, in Matthew 6:5-15, Jesus teaches the people in what is known as the Sermon on the Mount. In this particular passage, He is particularly teaching them how to pray.
How often have we read the “Lord’s Prayer” and not yet fully understand it? It is easy to do, read words but not understand.
But if you studied this passage inductively, you would learn many principles. The first two principles are
- to pray to the Father in heaven and acknowledge that His name is holy
- realize that there is a will in heaven that God wants to make happen on earth.
When you break it down like this, you can focus on each aspect of the text. And the fullness of what you are reading could very well bring you to a glory moment with God.
Applying the Principles
In the Lord’s prayer example above, the first principle is very easy to apply as I believe that we all do this without question.
The second principle might be a little harder to apply because I think that we have forgotten what this truly means.
God has a plan, a destiny, mapped out for each of us and He wants to fulfil it for us. However, I think we have forgotten this principle because we pray these words “Thy will be done” at the end of our prayers. That’s not so bad, is it?
But, listen to your prayers the next time. Are you praying with instructions to God on how He should answer your prayers? Are you telling Him what you think is the best answer to your dilemma?
Try this, begin your prayers with “Thy will be done” and then pray according to His plan for you. Did your prayer change its focus? You can read the full post on How Praying Backwards will Revolutionize Your Prayer Life.
So, application follows the interpretation, that is, the understanding of the Word. Application leads you to walk in the Light of the Word as Paul and John teach in their letters.
You see my passion now, for Inductive Bible Study, but would you like to know a little bit about me? Hello! It’s Me! shares some tidbits about me along with more on this blog’s purpose.
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Thank you for stopping by today. I look forward to studying God’s Word with you!