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Dr. Danny's Teacher-to-Teacher Podcast

Feb 5, 2021

  • Why?: If you're going to do inductive Bible study, how do you begin?
  • What?: Remember that the goal in studying is to understand what God said to the original recipients through the human author's writing and then to help your learners apply that truth to their lives. So, how DO you begin? Well, if you want to know the meaning, you'll have to begin with the writing. Observe what the author wrote. What words did he use to convey his meaning? How did he form those words into phrases and sentences and paragraphs? How did he assemble those paragraphs into the whole book? Why did he put some ideas before other ideas in his writing? Is he reporting history? Is he telling a story? Is he trying to cause an emotional reaction? Is he trying to pass on instructions from the Lord? Is he comparing things? Does he mention people, places, physical objects, or ideas? All these are questions you need to ask when you observe the passage. As you try to answer your questions, what questions remain unanswered by the passage, itself? What words, phrases, or explanations seem unclear? Write these down while you are observing. Read the same passage from other translations of Scripture. You might even want to listen to someone read the passage aloud. As you study, are there additional questions that come up? Do the translations differ in words or wording? Jot down these additional questions. Are there words or phrases that are repeated? Since every word is there for a purpose, why is the author using the same words or phrases over and over? Are there connecting words like "but, therefore, so that"? If so, what are they connecting? Is the author comparing or contrasting anything? If so, is it clear what and Why? Is it obvious that there is some progression of time or physical travel in the text? Why is the author reporting that? Does the author outright claim some truth and tell his readers how to apply that truth to their lives? We have worksheets available at that help you think through the observation phase of your study. The title of this observation worksheet it … wait for it … "observation"! Some things don't have to be difficult.
  • So What?: If you want to know what the author meant, you have to read what the author wrote. That means that you need to be able to understand how people write to communicate. God communicates to us in a language we can understand. So, observing the text is simple. But, it's not easy. It will take work to understand the depths of God's truths contained in His written Word.
  • So What Now?: Will you commit to doing that work so that you will faithfully teach the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth that God has inspired to be written down for His glory and for our benefit?