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?
- Make a commitment to make worship a priority in your life, not simply by attending worship, but by being all in. This involves being present not just in body, but in heart and soul. Prepare your heart beforehand by confessing sin, asking God to move in your life through worship, praying for the worship leaders, praying for God to reveal himself to you, and opening your heart and mind to the things he has to say. Enter worship with a sense of expectation and faith that you will experience the presence and moving of God. Focus during the service and don’t allow your mind to wander. Commit to give God your full self during worship encounters.
- When a Bible passage tells us to fear the Lord, there is usually a promise or desired result that comes from fearing God. Research the approximately 100 passages in the Bible that encourage us to fear the Lord and list the benefits that come to those who fear the Lord.
Ask the following questions when finished. What conclusions can you draw about fearing the Lord? What does it mean to fear the Lord? How does the Bible use the word fear in this context? What does it look like to live a life of godly fear? How does this exercise illustrate sow and reaping?
- Go out with a small group of Christian friends all of whom are active in their churches. Interview the group with the following questions for discussion.
- How would you define worship?
- What is the most meaningful aspect of worship for you?
- What makes good worship?
- Where does worship fit in your life?
- What must one do to really worship?
- God asks those who worship him to forsake their idols. An idol is anything that usurps God’s rightful place in our lives or anything that we worship, seek or serve in place of God. It is important for each of us to remain conscious of our heart allegiances. Seek out a quiet place to inventory your heart to identify and cast off idols. Consider the following idols and how you have or may have allowed them a stronghold in your life.
- Have I looked to money for happiness or security? Have I done things to serve money or compromise my faith, family or integrity for money? Do I honor God with money through generosity and giving?
- Have I looked to pleasure to satisfy my needs? Do I rely on food, drugs, alcohol or sex to get me through the day? Is there anything that brings me greater pleasure than the Lord? Do I honor God with my body?
- Have I looked to power or imposing my will on others for a sense of satisfaction and meaning in life? Have I placed my reputation over God’s reputation? Does my need to control a situation override my faith?
- Have I looked to self as the ultimate god in my life? Is God’s will secondary to my will? Do I use God to get things that ultimately I want? Am I obedient to all of God’s commands or do I pick and choose the ones that benefit me? Am I addicted to approval, comfort or pride?
Once you identify various idols in your life, repent of those idols and take mental and spiritual steps to reassert God in his rightful place. Spend some time in prayer asking for his grace to help you stay true to your resolutions.
- Explore various worship expressions and postures in your quiet time or prayer time with God. Try each one at least twice and perhaps you find some new and meaningful ways to enhance your worship and relationship with God. Here are some sample ideas.
- Bring a hymnal or songbook and sing worship songs.
- Bring a Bible and meditate on scripture… or memorize scripture.
- Get on your knees, stand and raise your hands or lay prostrate on the floor.
- Go to a beautiful place such as a garden or park to pray and worship.
- Write your prayers ahead of time and then express them to God.
- Spend time in silence focusing on God and his attributes.
- Sit down with the worship leader from your church explaining that you would like to enhance your understanding of worship and how to worship? Take them to lunch, coffee, whatever and ask him or her the following questions.
- Why did you get into leading worship?
- How would you define worship?
- What worship book or resource has most influenced you and why?
- What makes good worship?
- What one thing do you wish everyone in the congregation understood about worship?
- Obtain a copy on an old hymnal: one that is at least 40 to 50 years old. Browse the hymnal, look at the various song categories and worship aids such as Bible readings, and read the words of the songs.
- What can you learn from this hymnal about how people worshiped 50 or however long ago?
- Is there anything that stands out to you about many of these hymns?
- How are the songs and themes different than many of our songs today?
- Do you find the songs to be richer or more theological?
- Are the songs more to God or about God?
- What can this era teach us about worship?
- What can we teach them about worship?
- Rythyms of Grace by Mike Cosper
- The Unquenchable Worshipper by Matt Redman
- Real Worship by Warren Wiersbe
- Whatever Happened to Worship by A.W. Tozer
- Worship Evangelism by Sally Morgenthaler
- Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin
- Worship by the Book by D.A. Carson
- Let Us Worship by Judson Cornwall
- Elements of Worship by Judson Cornwall