An interesting Bible Study method is called the Inductive Bible Study. One is called The New How to Study Your Bible Workbook: Discover the Life-Changing Approach to God’s Word by Kay Arthur, David Arthur, and Pete De Lacy. The other is called How to Study Your Bible for Kids (Discover 4 Yourself® Inductive Bible Studies for Kids) by Kay Arthur and Janna Arndt. (After purchasing and reading the books, we are providing affiliate links to both books on this site. Disclosure: We do receive a small commission if you purchase one yourself using the links. This helps to financially support this site.)
One of the things that stands out the most about the Inductive Bible Study method is that it provides a strategy for learning about God’s Word for yourself. You don’t initially rely on someone else’s interpretation of God’s Word. Now in some respects, that could cause a bit of concern, especially if you fail to speak to God and allow Him to speak to you while you study. But, when using the Inductive method the student is reminded that we are to PULL MEANING OUT of the text and let the text speak to us. We are NOT TO PUT MEANING INTO the text.
The method of study involves looking into three questions with depth:
- OBSERVATION: What does the text say?
- INTERPRETATION: What does the text mean?
- APPLICATION: How do I apply the text to my life?