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Inductive Bible Study Cheat Sheet

Inductive Bible Study Cheat Sheet

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The Into Thy Word Ministries Inductive Bible Study \u201cCheat Sheet\u201d
THE MAIN GOAL OF BIBLE STUDY: DON\u2019T JUST
INTERPRET IT, BUT APPLY IT TO YOUR LIFE!!!
STEP I:Pray: \u201cKNOWING THE KNOWABLE:\u201d
BRINGING OUR MIND TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD!
ATTITUDE is crucial!!! (Gal. 2:20}
\u2666REMEMBER TO ALWAYS: BEGIN and END
YOUR STUDY IN PRAYER and in the meantime
be in prayer.
\u2666DIRECT YOUR WILL AND SEIZE THE
OPPORTUNITY!!! BE CONSISTENT!!!.
\u2666BE OPEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
STEP II: Read: \u201cHOW:\u201d THE METHOD OF
GETTING INTO GOD\u2019S WORD
LOOK AT THE WHOLE BOOK at least three times

in an easy to read translation. Then read each
chapter you are studying in a good translation at
least three times. Then read the verses, verse by
verse in order.

STEP III: \u201cOBSERVE IT:\u201d ASK WHAT DOES THIS
PASSAGE SAY?! Before you ask what does it mean
and how to apply it to your life!
\u2666Give the Book the \u201cLooks:\u201d Purpose; Repeated

Phrases; The Point; Who is involved; The time &
sequence of events, \u201conce, then, now, will be,
etc.\u201d Look for persons, places, ideas; Logical
Connectives, i.e. Therefore, But, Since, So, Thus,
Because, For, That, etc. What is actually being
said?

\u2666Verbs are crucial! Check outNOUNS in \u201cBible
Dictionaries.\u201d
\u2666Consider repeated words & phrases.
\u2666Compare passage/verse to similar verses i.e.
\u201cScripture interprets scripture.\u201d Use a
\u201cConcordance.\u201d

\u2666Notice what is being taught
\u2666Notice the promises
\u2666Notice carefully the underlining principle(s) &

implications
\u2666What about the life, work, teaching, presence of
Jesus Christ?
\u2666Look out for types of \u201cliterary style;\u201d history,
philosophy, drama, poetry, wisdom and law.
\u2666Look at different translations
STEP IV: \u201cSCRUTINIZE IT:\u201d ASK WHAT DOES
THIS PASSAGE MEAN?
Let God have His way with you! Ask our Lord to

open you before Him, to allow yourself to go beyond
your culture, education and experience! Then the
meaning will come alive!

Q: What is God telling me?
\u2666We must know our weaknesses and limitations
because of sin!
\u2666We must be aware of our nature and the nature
of Scripture and the Divine Authors intent.
\u2666Be focused on Christ not ourselves.
\u2666Be aware of the CONTEXT!!!!! The \u201chistorical\u201d
and \u201cliterary\u201d settings?\u201d What is going on?
\u2666What is the point and train of thought?
\u2666ANALYZE by gathering facts and all the
information available to you.

\u2666Paraphrase the passage yourself.
\u2666What is supported?
\u2666What are the conclusions?

Q: How am I encouraged and strengthened?
Make an emotional identification into the text.
Place yourself into the text as if it is your story as if
you are there!
THINGS TO ASK AND TO APPLY:

\u2666Ask what is actually being said?
\u2666Try reading aloud!
\u2666Consider nothing insignificant!
\u2666Have a mentor to ask questions.
\u2666Look for stuff to carry out in your life.
\u2666Write down your questions
\u2666What are the implications & promises to be

applied to transformed us?
\u2666What about the life, work, teaching, and
presence of Jesus Christ?

\u2666How can I model His Character?
\u2666What is our duty?
\u2666What is God\u2019s character?
\u2666Make a commitment to the meaning.
\u2666Try to write the verse or entire passage in your

own words!
\u2666Accept what It says: This is God\u2019s Word!
Q: Is there a sin in my life for which confession
and repentance is needed?
STEP V: \u201cQUESTIONS:\u201d ASK AND LEARN!!!
Q: How can I be changed so I can learn and
grow?
THE SIX BIG Q\u2019S WE MUST ALWAYS ASK!
\u2666WHO: are the people? Who did it? Who can do
it? Who is it talking about?
\u2666WHAT: is it saying? What is happening? What is
it talking about? What did they do?
\u2666WHERE: are they going? Where did it happen?
Where will it take place?
\u2666WHEN: did it happen? When will it happen?
When can it happen?
\u2666HOW: did it happen? How can it happen? How
was something done?
\u2666WHY: did he say that? Why did he do that? Why
did they go there?
ASK THESE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS:

\u2666Are there any commands?
\u2666Are there any contrasts?
\u2666Are there things repeated?
\u2666Is there cause and effect?
\u2666Is there a problem and solution?
\u2666Are there any promises?
\u2666Are there any connections to other parts of the

Bible?
\u2666Notice the setting!
STEP VI: \u201cKNOW IT\u201d!!!
START LOOKING FOR THE ANSWERS
Q: What is in the way of these precepts affecting
me? What is in the way of my listening to God?
\u2666WHAT DOES SOMETHING MEAN AND WHY IS
IT THERE?
\u2666Be sure your information is correct!!!
\u2666Use good commentaries, Study Bibles, and Bible
dictionaries.
Digging Personally:
\u2666How are you encouraged & strengthened?
\u2666Where have you fallen short, and how can you
improve?
\u2666What do you now intend to do with the
information given to you?
\u2666We must have the confidence that the Bible is
truth! This is knowing It!
\u2666We must allow God\u2019s Word to break our will and
desires over to His!
\u2666What did God say to you today?
\u2666Is there a sin in your life that needs to be
confessed and repented?
\u2666Are you appreciating it?
\u2666Are you receiving and practicing the great
benefits to others around you?
\u2666Are you a changed person as a result of
receiving the Word?
STEP VII: \u201cAPPLICATION!!!\u201d (Gal 5:21-26}
Q: How does this apply to me? What will I do
about it?
\u2666Application comes out of a Changed life. And
leads to a life transformed!
\u2666What must I do to make God\u2019s Word real in me?
What is my response?
\u2666When will it end up in my day planner?
\u2666Mediate over the passage
ASK YOURSELF THESE FIVE QUESTIONS:

\u2666What illustration can I use to remember?
\u2666How does the truth apply to my life?
\u2666What is my personal prayer regarding these

truths?
\u2666What changes/improvements could I make in
light of the truth?
\u2666How should I carry out these changes?
\u2666Pray to ask God how to implement His truth to
you. Tell Others. Accountability.
Q: What can I model and teach? What does God
want me to share with someone?
STEP VII: MAKE USE OF THE BOOK CHART
\u2666Write down what God is saying to you and what
you have discovered and learned. By doing this,
it will allow you to apply it to your life better!

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