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?
- Give to your church. Start giving if you belong to a church and do not contribute to the ministry of the church with faithful and sacrificial giving. Many people use 10% as a tithe or benchmark, but the amount is between you and God. You may wish to start at 10% or you may set a goal to work up to that. The important thing is that you begin recognizing God as the source of everything you have and honor him with your first fruits.
- Practice hospitality. Open your home to someone who is lonely or in need. Need could be someone who needs to experience acceptance, inclusion or friendship. Focus on serving this person or these people. Prepare a first rate meal and see to the comfort and honor of your guest.
- Set aside a specific amount such as $50 or $100 to give away to a person in need by the end of the week. Pray for God to lead you to the right person and circumstance. When you give, do so humbly and respectfully. Discuss the experience with your Christian friend or mentor.
- Begin praying how God can use you to serve others. If you sense no direction, participate in mission events or mission trips. Look for ways to build relationships with those you serve. Pray for God to lead you in becoming part of the solution through an ongoing relationship. How can you give or sacrifice of your time, resources or money to serve? Discuss the ongoing process with your Christian friend or mentor.
- Develop a prayer list that includes all the people you know who are in need: physical need, social need, and spiritual need. Pray for these people daily for 30 days. During this time ask God to direct you to those needs you can help with. Discuss the experience with your Christian friend or mentor?
- Do Bible study where you seek to identify wealthy people in the Bible such as Abraham, Solomon, Joseph of Arimathia and the Rich Young Ruler. Contrast and compare the righteous with the unrighteous. What attitudes and behaviors do we see in the righteous? How does God respond to them and continue to bless them?
- Give an anonymous and generous gift to a person in need. Discuss your emotions and experience with your Christian friend or mentor?
- Cut out something in your life that is excessive to use the resources for God’s Kingdom. Perhaps you give up the $5 coffee you get at Starbucks every weekday and use the $100 per month you save to support a missionary.
- Intentionally downsize and simplify your lifestyle to have more resources for God’s Kingdom. Maybe you downsize your home. Maybe you purchase a less expensive car. Live far inside your means for the express purpose of blessing others and practicing generosity.
- Give a gift to someone who has blessed you to express your gratitude and appreciation. Express why you are doing it and that you are blessed more by doing it than they are receiving it.
- God’s Miraculous Plan of Economy by Jack Taylor
- The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
- Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ronald Sider
- When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
- Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions by Craig Blomberg
- Christians in an Age of Wealth: A Biblical Theology of Stewardship by Craig Blomberg
- The Paradox of Generosity by Christian Smith and Hillary Davidson
- Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? by Eugene Cho
- Money, Sex and Power by Richard Foster
- The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn