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!!
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