What We’ve Learned about God’s Word in Revelation so Far (You May Be Surprised!)

As you may know, I teach Inductive Bible Study to 4th-6th graders. What is unique about my class is that I have parents not only help the kids with their homework, but also attend class. It makes for a great “vibe” in the class because the kids see the value of Bible study in the example of their parents, it makes the class feel more grown-up, and we often get deeper, richer discussions. Everybody wins.

Kids Bible Study Revelation

Right now, my class is studying Revelation. I’ve been Continue reading

FIVE Reasons Kids Can (Absolutely) Do Inductive Bible Study

Most people hear “Inductive Bible Study” and think it sounds very complicated and is for the super brainy. But that’s not the case. The great thing about Inductive Bible Study is that it CAN be very complicated and appealing to the super brainy, but it doesn’t have to be. And it doesn’t start out that way. Your study can deepen over time, but the basics are, well, basic.

5 Reasons Kids Can Do Inductive Bible Study

So, can kids actually learn how to do Inductive Bible Study? I can tell you from first-hand experience the answer is a solid “yes.” I’ve seen children from ages 6 to 12 learn it and love it. Does that mean Continue reading

Your Questions, Answered!

What is Inductive Bible Study? What is Precept?

Precept is a ministry that teaches classes and workshops, and publishes books, videos, and other materials for Inductive Bible Study. You may have heard of Kay Arthur? She’s one of the founders and main teachers at Precept.

Inductive Bible Study is a method of studying that teaches you to study for yourself by using the biblical text as your main focus. With practice, you really can learn techniques for studying the Bible that you can use on your own anytime, anywhere, for any book or passage in the Bible.

There are three steps to Inductive Bible Study:

  1. Observation (What does it say?)
  2. Interpretation (What does it mean?), and
  3. Application (How does this meaning apply to my life?)

That’s a broad description of the method; there are a variety of techniques along the way. The reason I am such a believer in it is Continue reading

4-Step Quick Start

No idea where to begin starting a kids’ Inductive Bible Study class? Don’t sweat it- I’ve got four simple steps to get your first class going. As you get your “sea legs,” you can start exploring some of the other elements you may want to add in to your class, but these four things will give you a rock solid foundation.

1) Learn the basics of Inductive Bible Study.

The beauty of Inductive Bible Study is that you’re learning how to study the Bible in the context of studying a particular book. As a teacher, I’m feeding my students fish while Continue reading

Three Steps and Four Truths (Part 1 of 2)

If you are unfamiliar with Inductive Bible Study, boy, are you in for a treat! I can tell you without exaggeration that it has changed my life. Not just my Bible study, but my life. The more you do it and repeat the process, the more automatic it gets. So, if it seems clunky or confusing, I’m asking you to trust me.

One of the great things about Inductive Bible Study is that kids can learn it, just as adults can. It’s such a gift to your child or any child you’re teaching to give them these tools. Knowing how to study inductively empowers them to study the Bible for themselves, to sharpen their discernment, to know how to find (and accurately interpret) biblical answers to their questions, and to test all things and hold fast to the good (1 Thessalonians 5:21). A person who can accurately handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) is a person who will not be easily deceived and misled. That’s a person who will be able to seek God’s will in His Word, and get to know the real God as He has so generously revealed Himself in Scripture. Does that sound like a breath of fresh air in a world of biblically illiterate spiritual infants? Let’s not look for the Cliffs Notes to the Bible. Let’s get in and know that we know what it says! Continue reading