Inductive Bible Study: Putting It All Together

Inductive Bible Study: Putting It All Together!

As we have been studying the IBS method we have come to realize that we are basically doing three things: Observation, Interpretation, and Application of the Scripture. We had talked about having many steps in the process, but the key thing to remember when you are reviewing your passage is to find out the answers to the questions:

 What does the passage say? (Read)

 What does the passage mean? (Think)

 What am I to do? (Live).

If you find the answer to these three questions you have got the method down!

Always begin your study with prayer; if the Holy Spirit is not a vital part of your study, you are not going to get it!

Observation has many smaller pieces to the process. When I mentioned to you as you study to highlight the passage’s with key words, and then creation of lists, (step 3 and 4) what you are basically doing is looking at Context (that which goes with the text.) The context is the surrounding verses, chapters, and books. Remember when I said earlier; get into the habit of reading the passages in groups of paragraphs, preferably chapters, and not just going right to the passage, and only reading that, this is why! It is critical for your understanding to lay down the foundation for accurate interpretation and correct application.

Look for obvious things, facts, details, ideas, especially repeated words. If you see a word repeated, God is placing a major emphasis to that thought, or idea. Pay attention! It is like putting a puzzle together, when you collect all the outside pieces first, you’re laying your foundation for the puzzle, same concept here; you would never start a puzzle from the inside out!

We talked about the 5 W and 1 H questions, to take it a step further, ask yourself the following questions.

Who is the audience, author or main characters>

What are the main events? What is the topic or instruction?

When was it written? When did this take place or when will it occur? The Biblical Audience of the setting in the book is crucial; go steps further do your own research about the times back then: the setting, the social-economic, geographical location, climate, culture etc. Find out all about the setting where they lived. Remember “they” may have been your ancestors, and we always want to know our family history!

Where did this event take place?

Why was this written? Why did he say that, go there, or respond that way?

How is this to be done or how did that happen?

 

Interpretation- WHAT does the passage mean?

Rule 1- Begin with Prayer

Rule 2- Remember your context rules (see prior paragraph for review)

Rule 3- Identify Key Words (this is your color/symbol exercise) Words repeated, topic or theme.

Rule 4- Seek the full teaching of God’s Word for every topic. A good example from a previous sheet I gave you is this, John 15:7 says, “Ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you”. Does that mean you can ask anything from God and He will deliver? NO! The Bible has much more to teach about prayer than just one verse, YOU have to find out what it is!

Rule 5: Interpret Scripture with other Scripture. The clear interprets the unclear, that what is said multiple times interprets that what is said once, and finally the NEW always interprets the Old!

Rule 6- Follow the literal sense, or as I say, “Go with the common sense”. The passage usually means what is obvious, not so much a “hidden” message. God is clear with His Words, and meaning, He says what He says, and means what He means!

Rule 7- Look for the authors intended meaning. This goes back to what I said earlier, “Remember the Biblical audience back then, why did he feel the need to write this? “ This falls in line with what I suggested earlier, get to know the history, culture etc… back then!

Rule 8- CHECK your work!!! Get in the habit of stopping to look up things, do not skip over!!! Use your concordance, Bible dictionary, commentaries, Bible foot notes that often refer to other Scripture. Write them down and look them up. I personally use E-sword on my computer; it has a lot of the resources that are listed here in one place!

 

Interpretation Questions

Again ask the same 5 W and 1 H questions:

What is the full context? (Paragraph, chapter, book)

What are the key words, phrases, or themes?

What was the author’s purpose and intent?

What do other verses say on this topic? (Cross (references/parallel passages?)

What is the timeless truth?  What can we still apply the same today as we could back then? What is your theological principle? Remember I said this means what is in the text that is applicable to all of God’s people at all Times? This principle because it has meaning and application to both biblical audiences of the past and present, it functions as a bridge “spanning the river.”  (Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duvall, and J. Daniel Hays, 2nd edition).

Application: What am I to do?

  1. Discover what God’s Word      says.
  2. Accept God’s Truth! The      Bible is full of God’s teaching (doctrines.). Once we understand God’s      Word, it is our responsibility to accept the truth and work it into our      daily living! This is the whole process in a nutshell; apply it to your      life!
  3. Be Specific! Application      must be personal and measurable to each of our lives~!
  4. Practice what you know! Spiritual maturity is not measured by      how much of God’s truth we know, but by how of God’s truth we live!!!

 

Application Questions

How does the meaning of the passage apply to me?

What truth(s) am I to embrace, believe, or order my life by?

What changes should I make in my belief, in my life?

Scripture example:

How can I practice what I’ve learned in my daily life?

Pray for help with ….. Insert specific problem …. From God

Repent from…. Insert specific sin issue… and follow God’s Plan.

 

Closing, I have given you different study sheets, graphs, color codes, lists of connecting words, figures of speech charts, guides, books, sheets…etc…you get the point. These are all study helps for you to pull out the information to answer the following questions listed above. 

The breakdown of the study is listed here, don’t get so consumed with the method of studying, (making the right lists, color coding the right word, key points in graphs, that you get bogged down with missing the study. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed with this, put all of that down, and re-read what I wrote above. If after you read the above and still don’t understand, contact me, and we will go over the method together.

 

 

 

Affliction and Addiction

Broken-ShacklesI was watching television this morning and Beth Moore was on Life Today. Her message this morning was talking about Overcoming Affliction in our lives. It was very interesting. Beth said, “Affliction can be defined or references as “to force, to try to force into submission. Affliction always involves submission.” Very interesting point, to be addicted to something means to submit to the desire of the subject. To allow it to overcome your will, your spirit, your being in a negative way. Then I thought more about it, and Beth referenced, “God can use an affliction”. If you are thinking of an addiction as something we submit too, He draws us to submit to him for delivery of that addiction.

Psalm 25:18 Consider my affliction and trouble, and take away all my sins.

Psalm 25:19 Consider my enemies; they are numerous, and they hate me violently.

Psalm 25:20 Guard me and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in You.

We always want to pray for deliverance of something other than God that has power over our lives. God can choose to deliver us in several different ways. He has the power of “Supremacy” and that is to completely deliver us from the addiction, take away the desire in use or remain in whatever our addiction was, or more often, use his sufficiency as a method of our recovery. What I mean is he may stop the addiction, but leave us with the desire or craving. If He choses to leave us with the craving, it can be used to draw us closer to Him. One way or another, if we know that without God’s help, we will never make it, or will never stay clean; then a person who desires abstinence will continually be drawn to God and always seek Him for our strength! I really like the point that Beth Moore made on the show. She said, ” If a person knows and cries out to God, I will never make it without you, I need you today, then the person will continuously seek out God day after day for healing! It makes sense, God’s desire is for us to know Him, to seek Him, to love Him. Why would he want to put us in a position of self-dependency? I truly believe that because God loves us and is full of His Grace and Mercy, He would not leave us in our own mess! What a disaster we would make if everything revolved around ourselves!

2 Corinthians 12:7 especially because of the extraordinary revelations. Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so I would not exalt myself.

2 Corinthians 12:8 Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.

2 Corinthians 12:10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Pride and Love

I thought I would share for this was such a good reading!(website below). I am starting to see that me leaving WBC was because their ministry stopped putting the focus on Christ, and was more caught up with legalism, and the world (I guess that is the easiest way to describe it. It started to take the love off of the ladies that were there for guidance and love. Please do not think that I am talking negative about other ministries, I am truly not, I am sharing with you revelations that I am starting to see and the direction that our ministry “The Word” needs to take. Pride has been revealed to me, and sharing my heart with you all, I never would have thought that would be a word to describe it, but it is what it is, Pride. I found this article, and I want to share it with you, “I feel a burden to write about pride, and I want to address the subject in such a way as to be of practical benefit to those who love God and want to walk worthy of the vocation to which they are called (Ephesians 4:1-2). The Bible tells us that “the pride of life… is not of the Father, but is of the world.”* (1 John 2:16) God has made us capable of achievement, but there is an attitude that arises naturally with achievement that is not of the Father, but of the world. To have victory over pride is to excel and achieve without giving a place to this sinful attitude. In this way, it is similar to being a steward over material increase. “If riches increase, set not your heart upon them.”* (Psalm 62:10) You can see at a glance that it is both possible to set your heart upon earthly riches, and it is possible to avoid doing so. The same Father who has made us capable of achievement has also made a way to do exploits and yet possess a lowly mind. “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” While this article is so good, and I could quote more, I think it best that you read it, here is the link,

http://library.timelesstruths.org/texts/Foundation_Truth_11/A_Bible_Definition_of_Pride

You know I can go on and on in my writing, I don’t want to keep you, but I want you to all know, I love you, It is my truest of hearts that I say this, “WE started this ministry, not me, it is for US to keep it in perspective that it is for HIM that we glorify. I want you to hold me just as accountable as I do you…. If you see any form of Pride or self preservation in me, or any of us, please pull that person aside privately and mention with love to them. They truly including me, may not even realize what they are doing, BUT whether we realize it or not, it is a sin and it is bad regardless.. I never thought that this would take off, but as long as we keep the focus on God, not the world it is a beautiful thing! We all our leaders, as Christians we have our own ministries, our homes and the people we associate with on a daily basis, who are WATCHING you and I, they are determining in their minds right now, whether they want to be part of “Christianity”. It is up to us, not only to give them guidance, and love, and the Word but in the beginning we need to show them that being a Christian is about being in relationship with Christ, NOT religion!

Pride and Love

I thought I would share for this was such a good reading!(website below). I am starting to see that me leaving WBC was because their ministry stopped putting the focus on Christ, and was more caught up with legalism, and the world (I guess that is the easiest way to describe it. It started to take the love off of the ladies that were there for guidance and love. Please do not think that I am talking negative about other ministries, I am truly not, I am sharing with you revelations that I am starting to see and the direction that our ministry “The Word” needs to take. Pride has been revealed to me, and sharing my heart with you all, I never would have thought that would be a word to describe it, but it is what it is, Pride. I found this article, and I want to share it with you, “I feel a burden to write about pride, and I want to address the subject in such a way as to be of practical benefit to those who love God and want to walk worthy of the vocation to which they are called (Ephesians 4:1-2). The Bible tells us that “the pride of life… is not of the Father, but is of the world.”* (1 John 2:16) God has made us capable of achievement, but there is an attitude that arises naturally with achievement that is not of the Father, but of the world. To have victory over pride is to excel and achieve without giving a place to this sinful attitude. In this way, it is similar to being a steward over material increase. “If riches increase, set not your heart upon them.”* (Psalm 62:10) You can see at a glance that it is both possible to set your heart upon earthly riches, and it is possible to avoid doing so. The same Father who has made us capable of achievement has also made a way to do exploits and yet possess a lowly mind. “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” While this article is so good, and I could quote more, I think it best that you read it, here is the link,

http://library.timelesstruths.org/texts/Foundation_Truth_11/A_Bible_Definition_of_Pride

You know I can go on and on in my writing, I don’t want to keep you, but I want you to all know, I love you, It is my truest of hearts that I say this, “WE started this ministry, not me, it is for US to keep it in perspective that it is for HIM that we glorify. I want you to hold me just as accountable as I do you…. If you see any form of Pride or self preservation in me, or any of us, please pull that person aside privately and mention with love to them. They truly including me, may not even realize what they are doing, BUT whether we realize it or not, it is a sin and it is bad regardless.. I never thought that this would take off, but as long as we keep the focus on God, not the world it is a beautiful thing! We all our leaders, as Christians we have our own ministries, our homes and the people we associate with on a daily basis, who are WATCHING you and I, they are determining in their minds right now, whether they want to be part of “Christianity”. It is up to us, not only to give them guidance, and love, and the Word but in the beginning we need to show them that being a Christian is about being in relationship with Christ, NOT religion!