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

The ONE Crucial Thing Most Christian Parents are Not Doing (Part Two)

So, in Part One, we covered how important it is to take the lead in your child’s spiritual life. In fact, it is so important, that it is actually God-ordained. There are lots of ways that might look in your particular family, so let’s start getting down to the brass tacks.

  • Some families do best with a more formal devotional time around a table or in the living room.
  • Some families do best with a looser, conversational journey through a particular book. Some families do best with very active, short object lessons.
  • Some families do best when it’s scheduled, while others do best when it’s unscheduled but woven into the day.
  • There are numerous other ways to go about this because, as my friend Karen May says, “When it comes to homes, God is a custom builder.”

One Thing Most Christian Parents Are Not Doing,


If you’re new to this, give yourself a break if you don’t find the right formula the first time out. Be flexible, and definitely “read” your child along the way. One tip I will give you 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