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1 INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY BASICS Presented by: Unitech SDA Church PM & FCS Departments

2 What will be covered this session Review of last session Homework Church view on Bible study Basics of Inductive Bible Study

3 REVIEW OF LAST SESSION Aim - introduce members to the mechanics of Bible study Topics covered then: –Benefits of Bible study –Daily quiet time with God –How to hear God’s word –How to read God’s word –How to study God’s word –How to meditate on God’s word –How to apply God’s word

4 Homework Mathew 15:21-28 (NKJV) 21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed. 23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, Send her away, for she cries out after us.

5 24 But He answered and said, I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 But He answered and said, It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs. 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table”. 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire. And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

6 Homework Questions Why did Jesus ignore her at first? When Jesus made the reference about not tossing the children’s bread to their dogs - was He calling the woman a dog? What is the main emphasis of this story?

7 Probing the passage What came before this story? What is the theme of this chapter? What persons are mentioned? Which verse/words or phrases stand out to you the most from this chapter? What does the bread stand for? What do we know about the woman? What do we know about the disciples? What do we learn about Jesus? What lessons can we learn from this story?

8 What does this passage teach me about my relationship with God? What does it teach my about my relationship with other people? What does this story teach me about how to worship and love God? What application of His word will I make in my life?

9 SDA Church View Carefully select Bible version that is faithful to original meaning written. Choose a definite plan of study: –Book-by-book analysis of the message –Verse-by-verse method –Study seeking solution for a specific life problem, satisfaction for a specific need or biblical answer to a specific question. –Topical study (faith, love, second advent etc) –Word study –Biographical study

10 Seek to grasp the simple, most obvious meaning of the biblical passage being studied Seek to discover the major underlying themes of scripture as found in individual texts, passages and books. –Two basic themes run throughout scripture: 1. The person and work of Jesus Christ, and 2. The great controversy –These themes are to be drawn from the totality of scripture and not imposed on it. Recognise that Bible is its own interpreter - so diligently compare scripture with scripture

11 INDUCTIVE BIBLE STUDY A method for learning how to exegete (expound or interpret) the Bible for all its worth. Method of using certain tools and skills to help us observe the text, dig out the meaning, and then apply it to our lives. Proven to be the best method to study and apply scripture to our lives.

12 Inductive Means: - using logical induction and reasoning from supported facts to ascertain a general principle that we can apply to our lives. Primary purpose of this method: - study God’s word in a logical, clear and concise way.

13 3 basic inductive Bible study questions 1.What does this passage say? 2.What does this passage mean? 3.How does it apply to me?

14 What Does this Passage Say? Basis of how to study God’s word –It is called the science of exegesis or exegetical method (studied at PAU or seminaries etc.) Good exegesis means: –We are to seek what God is saying not what we want Him to say. Remember to be in a state of prayer and humbleness before God the Father as you study.

15 How does one start? Proper approach –Prayer & reverence –Overview –Start asking questions Is there are lesson to learn? Is there a command to keep? Is there sin to avoid? Is there a promise to claim and keep? Make sure you trust and obey what God is telling you

16 What does this passage mean? Use logic and sound reason - exegesis –That means to study a text carefully to find the original, intended meaning. –Have in hand a good Bible dictionary or commentary, concordance to check out words and meanings etc., to give more clarity and understanding. –The main goal is for you to know the Lord better, not just to gain more knowledge.

17 Charting: start to make use of the Book Chart –Study with a pen and notebook –Record what you see and hear Practical –Take a piece of paper & draw 3 columns. In one write WHAT, MEANING & APPLY. ALWAYS BE AWARE OF THE CONTEXT

18 What is God telling me? How am I encouraged and strengthened? Is there sin in my life for which confession and repentance are needed? How can I be changed, so I can learn and grow? What is in the way of these precepts affecting me? What is in the way of my listening to God?

19 How does this apply to me? What will I do about it? Ask these questions to see how the truth of what we are reading applies to our lives. We are called to be doers of God’s word. What can I model and teach? What does God want me to share with someone?

20 Conclusion Inductive Bible study is an effective method to study God’s Word. 1.What does this passage say? 2.What does this passage mean? 3.How does it apply to me? –Seeing it –Knowing it –Doing it


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