KEY SCRIPTURE: 2nd Timothy 2:15. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
An inductive study is to reason or analyse the subject from detailed facts to discover general principles for life application. In the inductive approach to studying the Bible, we break down the study into three main aspects.
These aspects are:
Under observation, we attempt to discover the basic facts in the passage or verse. We use the fact-finding questions to observe the basic facts in the verse. For example, let’s consider a verse like; John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life”. The fact-finding questions are as follows, WHO, WHAT, WHY, WHERE, WHEN, HOW. You may ask the following questions to find the basic facts in the verse or passage: Questions may vary depending on the content of the passage. These are samples of questions that you could ask. (1) who is speaking in this verse? (2) Who are those being discussed in the verse? (3) What was said about the person in the verse? (4) Where was this statement made?
Now we attempt to answer these fact-finding questions:
1. To answer the first question, we must go to the beginning of the chapter: there we realise it was the Lord Jesus talking.
2. Those being talked about are God, Jesus Christ, the people in the world.
3.i The verse says God loves all men so much.
ii. The Lord Jesus was offered to die for all men. iii. Anyone in the world who would believe in Jesus will have everlasting life.
4. The statement was made where Jesus was staying; at the time Nicodemus visited Him. We now look at the INFERENCE: Inference means what do you deduce from this answer or what is the implication of these facts that you have observed.
1. From our first answer we can infer that our Lord Jesus was a very down to earth man. He had been busy throughout the day yet he had the patience to sit and chart with Nicodemus at the night time when Nicodemus called on Him.
2. The father and the Son are actively involved in the salvation of men. Every human is special and a candidate for salvation.
3.Every human being is so precious to God such that He made the highest sacrifice for the redemption of ALL men. Any man no matter his or her background, or has committed the worse sin or not, so long as he or she believes in Jesus they would be saved.
4. Jesus welcomed Nicodemus a Pharisee although the Pharisees used to be hostile to Him.
The next step is to APPLY these deductions you’ve made from the objective questions into practical life.
1. We must be down to earth to relate well with all persons.
2. I will share the gospel with every single person I am opportune to relate with.
3. In considering the great sacrifice Jesus made for the salvation of all men I must also pay every price to see the salvation of others.
4. I will not relate to people according to how they treat me but how God would want me to treat them. Out of this one verse you have four action points to employ.
O Father help me to grasp all that I study, so I will effectively apply them to my life experiences.
Joshua 1:8 ” This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”.
John 5:39. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.