Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Trial with Inductive Bible Study

Have you heard of Inductive Bible Study?  I first heard about it in a group I am in for clergy spouses.
 
Inductive Bible Study is an "investigative approach to the Bible using three basic components:  Observation, Interpretation and Application" (http://precept.org/know-gods-word)





I was seeking a new way to study The Word that would bring me some further insight into the Bible itself v. just reading a story.  I had tried several times over the year to read the bible cover to cover.  I have several One Year Bibles and so many "plans" it is obnoxious.  The latest I ever got was to Psalms. 


Recently I realized that there were so many things I had read in the Old Testament but because I start at Genesis every time, I never got to Proverbs, the Prophets or anything in the New Testament.  And, although I have done studies that cover these areas of the Bible, I just didn't have anything really in depth.


This was troubling to me.  I wanted to know...God was giving me a hunger for His Word. 


I posted on Facebook if anyone used this method and got a few really good responses.  I was further intrigued. 


In looking at the website for Precept Ministries (http://precept.org) I found a really good resource on "getting started" and selected the book "Lord, Teach me to Study the Bible in 28 Days".  Note this is intended to Teach the method of studying in 28 days, not to study the entire bible in 28 days!!

I just finished Day 24 (21 days to form a habit right :))


I have learned that the Word is alive, it is relevant and it is the #1 way God speaks directly to me...


I can't wait to study more!


I remembered that as I was studying this book I had a book that I picked up from my Emmaus Walk in 2008 that, when we were moving, I kept knowing I wanted to do the study.  Incidentally it is a book in the same "Lord" series by Precept.  "Lord, I want to know You" and it teaches the different names of God used through the Bible. 
It is a 42 day study and I start it next week!!


Lord, I Want to Know You: A Devotional Study on the Names of God




Our Bible Study Group at Church is also doing an Inductive Study in the 40 Minute No Homework Series.  This series allows the group to get together once a week and study with no extra work in between!  Perfect for the busy ladies in our church for sure :)  And, with a variety of topics in the series, we are bound to have many months of topics to pick from!






You can find these books on Amazon or on the Precept store.


**I was not paid for this but I was convicted by God to share this opportunity for you to deepen your relationship with Him through this study method

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

New Chapter...One Month Later

Some things are the same...some things are drastically different.


Some days I roll with the punches and embrace the new....some days I feel like a fish out of water.


Some times I am confident...some times I am unsure if I have what it takes.


Some moments are all talk and no action...some moments are all action and not talk.


I try to think things through without getting overwhelmed.  I work to remember that God has this and that He has big plans for me that involve this path.  That He will equip the called and that I don't have to know everything to step ahead to the next stone in the path of life. 


I get attacked by the enemy... a lot!!  I see victory in this because it means that when I am doing things they are things that God has planned.  But it hurts...it is hard...some days I just fall short and succumb to the unfortunate nagging of the devil himself.  I rebuke him...cry out to God to put up a shield...


I must remain strong even when I don't feel like it.  I must move ahead even though I feel like I fall way short.  I must not listen to the enemy who may have power but no authority in my life.  It is my choice to respond to the sneaky ways of the enemy.  I must choose only God.


I make mistakes...I ask for forgiveness...I work to forgive myself. 


I listen to praise and worship songs.  I read the Word. 


I try to focus on that one tiny next step that God has placed before me.  I try not to look up and to the sides and all around and realize that I am walking on water.  I don't want to sink.  Just one step ahead...only one...the only one I need.


He is the only One I  need.


Jesus....just Jesus.