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?
- Speak with a pastor regarding ministry in your church and how to get involved. Ask this pastor to help you navigate the process your church has for becoming involved in ministry. Discover the various ministry opportunities in your church. Explore ministries that interest you. You may wish to contact the leaders of these various ministries. Pray about which ministries you would like to pursue. Finally, get involved and begin serving.
- Pray for three divine appointments this week. Not all service involves structure ministries through your church or local ministry center. Some of the most significant service and ministry is organic and simply part of the ebb and flow of your life. We are surrounded by people who all have many needs. We serve others as we meet these needs. The key is learning to recognize the needs of others as ministry and service opportunities. Pray for God to provide you with at least three opportunities for spontaneous and natural acts of service this week. When God shows you the opportunity, you act on it. Of course the goal is to do this continuously and integrate the everyday serving of people into your lifestyle. Discuss this project and how it went with your Christian friend.
- Volunteer at a local ministry center. This could be a food bank, health clinic, women’s center, meal provider, advocacy center, senior care, etc… If you cannot find something a pastor at your church may be able to make a recommendation. Try to find something that interests you and that you have a passion for. Volunteer multiple times if you are able and try out different ministries. The goal is for you to find a ministry that you believe in enough to volunteer on a regular basis.
- Start a ministry to meet a local need. People start local service organizations all the time. If you have a passion for a particular people or ministry, and that need is not currently being met, you may wish to do something about it. People in our church have started a tutoring ministry, seminars to help students and parents navigate the college search and admissions process, advocacy for abused children in Africa, a ministry to homeless people, and an after school girls club. The possibilities are nearly endless. You will wish to meet with a pastor from your church to guide you in the process; especially, if this ministry will operate within the structure of your church.
- Make a list of five ways to serve each member of your immediate family. Service and ministry begin in the home and with those closest to us. This is because service begins with the right heart and attitude. This cannot be faked and must begin at home. How can you best serve each member of your household? Actually make a list of five ways you plan to serve each person in your household, and then follow through with the list. These can be anything. I will vacuum for my wife without being asked three times per week. I will make lunch for my son and his friends when they watch football at my house. Part of the exercise is to do these things without drawing attention to them. You quietly serve because you desire to emulate Christ. Discuss your plan and how things unfold with your Christian friend.
- Make a list of three ways to serve a co-worker, neighbor or friend. Again, sometimes the best service takes place within the natural course of our lives. The question is ‘how do we develop attitudes and patterns of service in our lives?’ We have to start somewhere. Identify several people in your life that God may desire you to serve for one reason or another. Who are the people in your life that have real needs. Maybe you can take someone to lunch or a ball game. Maybe you can cut a neighbor’s grass. Maybe you can help a coworker with a project. The possibilities are endless. Identify those you wish to serve. Make a plan. Stick with it. See what happens. Discuss your plan and how things unfold with your Christian friend.
- Take a spiritual gift inventory. There are lots of inventories available. It is best to check with a pastor from your church to discover which one they recommend and is consistent with your faith tradition. I also recommend having your spouse or very close friend take the inventory for you as well. Then contrast and compare answers and results. This enables you to explore blind spots. It also helps you dig deeper and gain a fuller understanding of how God has wired you. It is also important to act on the results of the spiritual gifts inventory and begin to adjust your life to account for your spiritual gift. Remember, God gave you your gifts to use in the service of others. Discuss the implications of your spiritual gifts with your Christian friend.
- Research the S.H.A.P.E. concept and seek to discover your unique SHAPE for ministry. SHAPE is an acronym for Spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality and experiences. Many feel that a person’s SHAPE can give their lives and purpose in life a laser sharp focus. At the very least, understanding your SHAPE can improve self-awareness and give direction for ministry. This can ultimately lead to a greater sense of purpose and fruitfulness in life. There is one book in the suggested reading on this subject. However, there is also a great deal of material on the internet as well. Many churches also have SHAPE seminars complete with various inventories to help people understand how they are wired for ministry. Discuss your SHAPE with a pastor or Christian friend.
- When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fickert
- Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton
- Good News to the Poor: Social Involvement and the Gospel by Tim Chester
- Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? by Eugene Cho
- The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution by Barry Asmus and Wayne Grudem
- I am a Church Member by Thom Rainer
- Ministering Through Spiritual Gifts: Recognize Your Personal Gifts and Use Them to Further the Kingdom by Charles Stanley
- H.A.P.E. by Erik Rees
- What’s So Spiritual about Your Gifts? By Henry Blackaby and Mel Blackaby