In February, Michael and I had the pleasure of teaching an Inductive Bible Study seminar to our church, Okotoks Alliance. We had a wonderful time with the 30+ people who came to the morning session, and we were so thrilled by the turnout! We had hoped for maybe a dozen, so to have over thirty people come on a blustery wintery day was so encouraging. There’s certainly a hunger for the Word and for Bible study at our church, and that makes us feel even more blessed to attend and serve at Okotoks Alliance.
A few weeks ago, one of the pastors at our church requested that we provide a document overviewing the Inductive Bible Study method, so those who attended the seminar could have a refresher available, and those who weren’t able to make it would be able to have a starting point to use Inductive Bible Study in their own devotional and study times. You can see that document on Okotoks Alliance’s website, or you can check it out below.
Inductive Bible Study is not the only way to study the Bible, but through focusing on observation, interpretation, and application, and the question “what does it mean to the original reader?” Inductive Bible Study focuses on understanding the meaning of the text, when it was written, to whom it was written. It really is a tremendously helpful way of studying the Word in context.
If you have any questions about using Inductive Bible Study in your own devotional and study times, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We’d love to help in any way we can.