I learned to ask 6 important questions of the Bible text when I studied the “Inductive Bible Study Method” through Precept Ministries International. It changed the way I viewed the Scriptures. Asking these 6 questions slowed me down and helped me carefully read the text of God’s word. Sisters, it is so important to stop and observe the text and not rush through it. There are so many Bible Study “methods” that take us on rabbit chases. You know the ones that ask you how you feel about a particular passage or what you think it means. Then there are others that puff us up with fluff. Rabbit chases pull us away from God and head us down the broad path. Fluff takes our eyes off of God and tries to please the flesh. Leaving us empty in the end.
By asking these 6 important questions we are gleaning from the text the truth of God’s Word. We are training ourselves to say what does God say and not what do I think it says or means. This way of approaching Scripture will fill us up instead of leaving us running on empty. Will you join me as I walk you through these six questions?
First Find a Place to Start!
Find a place to start. I always recommend studying through an entire book. Topical studies are ok. But do not replace your main study time with just topics. The goal is to keep what you are studying in context. If you take a topic out of the context of where it is written you risk misinterpreting the text. When you finish answering the 6 questions you will more than likely cover your topic anyway.
Start small. Pick a small book in the New Testament to start with and venture out from there. It takes practice to develop a habit. Do not overwhelm yourself. I would recommend starting in Titus or 1-3 John.
Material You Will Need!
Before you begin, print your free worksheets or have a notebook, pen or pencil, and your Bible at hand. Begin with prayer by asking God to give you a teachable heart. Ask Him To guide you into all truth and keep you from error. Jeremiah 33:3 says,
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Discover What the Text Says By Asking Who?
I start my study of the Bible by asking the question Who? Who is speaking? Who is this passage about? For me, the most important “Who” is God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. I spend a lot of time with this question! The reason I do is because if we do not know what the Bible teaches about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit we will never come to an accurate understanding of the Scriptures. If we do not seek to know God through His word we will make a god of our own understanding. This is so dangerous! Look at the culture around us. Even many so-called churches have fashioned a god that meets their every felt need.
It All begins With God
It all begins with God. Read through the text you have chosen one time before you write down anything. This will familiarize you with the context and get you started. Go back to the first verse of the chapter and begin to read through again looking for any references to God. When you come to a place that references God stop and record what the text is teaching.
EXAMPLE: Titus 2:11, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.” What does this passage teach us about God? 1) God is grace 2) God brings salvation. When you finish that verse move to the next until you finish the chapter. Once you finish the chapter learning who God is, move onto Christ. Read through the text again only looking for what it teaches about Christ.
EXAMPLE: Titus 2:14, “who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” What do we learn about who Christ is from this passage? 1) Christ gave Himself up for His people 2) He is the redeemer and purifies. Read through the text again looking for and recording everything it teaches about Christ. Lastly look for what the text teaches about the Holy Spirit.
EXAMPLE: Titus 3:5, ” He saved us not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit. What do we learn about the Holy Spirit from this passage? 1) The Holy spirit washes and regenerates or brings us from death to life. 2) He renews.
Special note: Not ever passage will teach you about God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit. If you do not find anything it is ok just move on.
Discover What the Text Says By Asking What?
Staying in the same chapter begin to ask the question what. What do you learn about an event or the people? What instructions are given? Work your way systematically through the text when you start asking the what, where, when, why, and how questions.
EXAMPLE: Titus 1:5, ” For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you.” (We already know by asking the question who that the Apostle Paul is the writer of the book of Titus. Titus 1:1. In Titus 1:4 we learn that the letter is written to Titus.) What instruction is given to Titus 1:5? 1) Titus is to set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city.
Discover What the Text Teaches By Asking When?
As you read through the text look for references to time. Ask the question when will something happen? When do or will an event take place. We find two references to time in Titus 1:2-3. Example: Titus 1:2-3, ” In the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior.”
Discover What the Text Teaches By Asking Where?
Next ask the question where? Where will this event take place or where was it said? There is only one reference to a place that I can recall in the book of Titus. It is found in Titus 1:5. ” For this reason, I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains,” We learn from the text that Titus is in Crete and will remain there appointing Elders and teaching them what Paul had instructed him.
Discover What the Text Teaches By Asking Why?
If you are a parent your child has probably asked this question a million times. Now it is your turn! It is human nature to want to know the why behind everything. Be careful with this one we will never understand the why about everything. We must learn to rest in not always knowing. God is in control and that is where we need to leave it! There are a lot of why questions. Why this person, why this time, why will this happen… Staying in the book of Titus let’s look at Titus 2:3-4, “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,”
Why are the older women to possess these qualities? The older woman should possess these qualities first for the honor and glory of God. Also to teach, encourage and strengthen the younger women.
Discover What the Text Teaches By Asking How?
Last and final question to ask when you are studying your Bible is “How.” How is this or that to be done? Let’s look at Titus 3:1 for our example. Titus 3:1,” Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed.” Them in this passage is the believer. You already know that if you have asked the who question while studying through this book! How is the believer to live according to this passage? We live in submission to our government and to authority, the laws of the land. The believer is also to live prepared, ready for every good work.Ask these six questions while you study the Bible. Who, What, Where, When, Why, and how? Click To Tweet
You Can Do This!
As you read and study your Bible begin to start asking these questions, especially the question “WHO?” Do not overwhelm yourself. Take it slow. As time passes it will be as natural as breathing. You will be amazed and blessed with what you will learn. Bonus! You are slowing down and putting the true word of God in your heart and mind! I am praying for you as you dig deeper into the word of God!
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