Inductive Bible Study Questions
to be used with individual Key Scriptures
- What is the primary point of this passage?
- How does this passage challenge us?
- How does this passage comfort or encourage us?
- What does this passage teach us about God?
- What spiritual insights are found in this passage?
- What are the personal & spiritual implications of this text?
- What does this passage ask or require of us?
Key Scriptures Bible Study
to be used when studying all Key Scriptures together
- Did any of the scriptures given surprise you? Explain
- Did any of the scriptures given confuse you? Explain
- Did any of the scriptures given comfort or excite you?
- How would you sum up these scriptures to another?
- What implications do these scriptures have for our lives?
- Which of these scriptures would you find it valuable to memorize?
- Living a holy life requires keeping our focus on God and his goodness rather than the enticing temptations of this world. Make an exhaustive list of all the qualities you appreciate about God: his love, faithfulness, care, providence, etc. Practice praising God daily for each of these qualities for two full weeks. Discuss the experience with your friend or mentor. Does praising God everyday enable you to be more conscious of him during the day? During this this time did you find it easier to resist temptation? How was your attitude towards God and doing the right things during this time? Would you recommend this exercise to others?
- Living a holy life is much easier when our love and appreciation for God is strong. Make an exhaustive list of all of the blessings God provides in your life: physical, material, relational and spiritual. Practice thanking God daily for each blessing for two full weeks. Discuss your experience with your friend or mentor. Did you find that you were more cheerful during this time? Did this exercise change your attitude about God and the things of God during this time? During this this time did you find it easier to resist temptation? Would you recommend this exercise to others?
- Living a holy life often requires self-control. One of the purposes of fasting is to develop self-control. Practice fasting one meal per day for one full week for the purpose of seeking God during that time. Discuss the experience with your friend or mentor. How difficult was the experience? What did this experience reveal about your self-control? Do you feel that fasting on a regular basis may improve your self-control in other areas? Would you recommend this exercise to others?
- Part of living a holy life is keep a short reign on sin. Practice confessing your sin to God daily for two full weeks. To do this you will need to be ever conscious of your thoughts attitudes and behaviors? You may also wish to keep an accessible log somewhere to remind you each day. Discuss the experience with your friend or mentor. Did this practice make you think twice about sinful thoughts, attitudes or behaviors that you typically find easy to commit? Did your list get shorter over the two weeks? Did other sins come to mind as time went on? Is this a practice you feel you wish to continue indefinitely? Would you recommend this exercise to others?
- If holiness is defined as godliness or godly character, find or create a list of the qualities of God. Circle the qualities we can emulate as human beings. Discuss this list with your friend or mentor. What is the difference between the qualities we can emulate and the ones we can’t? Why or why not does this list seem overwhelming to you? Is this something you can do in your own strength? How and why must we depend on God to live this way? Does this give insight to the phrases ‘Walking in the Spirit’ and ‘Walking in the flesh?’ How does the power of the gospel itself give the ability to live well? How is holiness a matter of faith and grace rather than human effort?
- Holiness is related to character and integrity. Identify the three highest character Christians in your life. Take them to coffee or lunch to discuss the following questions. How do you respond to the fact that I (and others) see you as a person of spiritual character and integrity? What is your secret: where do you find the inspiration or strength to live for God? How have you been able to overcome temptations or spiritual weaknesses in your life? Are there any practices or habits that make it easier for you to seek God? What advice would you give to someone wishing to seek God and live for him?
- Find and develop an accountability partner to help you with reoccurring sins or character weaknesses. The best person for this may be your ‘Thrive 316’ friend or mentor, but it does not have to be. Share your particular struggles with other with the goal of encouragement and accountability. Below are some sample accountability questions.
- Have you spent time with God this week?
- Have you spent time reading or studying the Bible this week?
- Have you spent quality time with your spouse and children this week?
- Have you remained morally pure and totally faithful this week?
- Have you struggled this week with any particular sin or weakness?
- Have you honored God with your relationships this week at home, work, and church?
- Have you shared your faith this week and been a faithful witness?
- Have you just lied to me regarding any of the above questions?
- Into the Depths of God by Calvin Miller
- The Utter Relief of Holiness by John Eldridge
- The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
- Rediscovering Holiness by J.I. Packer
- Tempted and Tried by Russell Moore
- A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson
- The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
- Brand Jesus: Christianity in a Consumer Age by Tyler Wigg Stevenson
- The Trivialization of God by Donald McCullough
- Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
- Holiness by Henry Blackaby