I’ve grown up in a Christian home, went to Christian school through 12th grade, went to Christian college, became a pastor’s wife, taught in a Christian school . . . and never heard of an inductive Bible study until recently.
I’m sure it was talked about; I just hadn’t heard the term or I hadn’t paid attention to the little print on the front of a few Bible study books. A few years ago, a friend gave me a book by Kay Arthur called God, What’s Your Name? which is an Inductive Bible Study for kids about the names of God, but even then I didn’t notice the words, “Inductive Bible Study.”
About a year ago, one of my sisters shared how she wanted to get The New Inductive Study Bible by Precept Ministries for her kids when they got older. I looked at it, and placed it on my Amazon wish list as it looked great, but it was costly.
Then back in November of 2017, I received an email from Doorposts as I had bought some of their products from a homeschool convention. They were letting their subscribers know about a new devotional site by Pam Forster called Mama’s Refill. Pam has been writing Inductive Bible studies for years — but I never knew about them. She has taken most of the Bible studies off of her blog and placed then on Mama’s Refill which can only be accessed through a paid membership. (James 1 is still on her blog.) At the time, they were offering a discount to join, and I paid for the year membership as I wanted to do something that would spur me on to study my Bible deeper.
I am loving using this site! She lays out what I should do daily, and shows how I can mark my Bible and tells me where to go on Blue Letter Bible (another tool I had never used) to study. Maybe other people would think this laid out devotional too restrictive, but I need some hand holding on learning how to study my Bible this way. Of course, it doesn’t tell me what I should get out of the Bible. The Holy Spirit will work in my heart differently from others who are doing the same Bible study.
At the bottom of each devotional, there is also a “For your children:” section. I haven’t used this section, but it gives direction on how to do these devotions in a simplified and fun way with children. Even though the membership is “Mama’s Refill”, the devotions can be for male or female. The children section shows how a mom can help her children learn how to study God’s Word.
So what is an Inductive Bible Study?
An Inductive Bible Study basically digs into a Bible passage for a period of time so a person can get the most out of it. It consists of three parts which are are observation, interpretation, and application. You can read more about what an inductive Bible study is or how to do it HERE and HERE. Kay Arthur has a downloadable PDF that gives pointers on how to study the Bible inductively.
To truly do an inductive Bible study, there are a few resources that should be obtained:
- A Bible with wide margins. (Or you can print off the Bible on paper with margins and spacing between the verses for more room to journal, write notes, and draw symbols and pictures.) I bought this NKJV Journal the Word Bible at CBD. The font is tiny, but I like the margins.
- A notebook or more paper for the binder that will hold the printed passage.
Some tools that will help you study:
- Some highlighters, colored pencils, pens, or markers that are safe for Bibles. (I bought these pens and these Gel Bible Highlighters.
- A computer or phone or tablet that can access Blue Letter Bible.
- If you don’t have a device that can access the internet, a good Bible dictionary and a couple of commentaries would be good.
This is a link-filled post, but if you have never tried to do an Inductive Bible Study, I hope you give them a try. They are rich studies! Pam Forster sells her Bible studies at Doorposts and Amazon, and Kay Arthur sells her inductive Bible studies on Amazon as well.
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