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 100 compliments in a single week.
- Make a list of at list 50 reasons why God is amazing.
- Go an entire week without any self-reference or attempt to build up self.
- Make an exhaustive written list of all your sins and shortcomings and pray every day for a week for God to forgive those sins.
- Begin a daily prayer time that involves adoration/praise, confession of sins, thanksgiving to God and intercession for strength to live as God desires.
- Write a letter to God expression gratitude for everything he has given you and done in your life, express to him how worthy he is of worship and surrender, apologize for all of the ways you have turned aside from him, express your commitment to follow him.
- Write a letter expressing gratitude to someone who has been instrumental in your life.
- Invite someone to lunch who is very different from you: someone you may not otherwise socialize with: a subordinate, someone from a different ethnicity, culture, sub-culture, economic status, or station. Try not to talk about yourself. Get to know that person. Ask questions about them. Be engaging. Try to build a real friendship.
- Correct a misunderstanding you may have given another while boasting or puffing to another. It’s easy to get carried away while trying to make an impression. Have you taken that too far? If so, go to that person and humbly tell the truth.
- Perform several tasks around your home, workplace or community that are not your normal role that you may consider beneath you. Clean the bathroom, pick up garbage, stuff like that. Be careful to do them without relishing any credit or attention. In fact, the danger here is that you take pride in doing such humble tasks.
- Intentionally capitulate in an ongoing conflict, argument or power struggle. Identify a situation where you seem to be in a contest of wills with a spouse, co-worker or friend. Simply allow that other person to have their way in a spirit of humility, meekness and service. The idea here is to be more aware of a “me” orientation rather than a God or others orientation. We all have many conflicts of wills in our lives, a big part of winning the battle is simply being able to identify them. Actually winning the battle is being willing to let them go and not having to win all of the time.
- Reject your brand. Personal branding or carefully crafting how we desire others to see us is common practice today. The car we drive, the clothes we wear, the coffee we drink, the technology we own, the church we go to and many other things are selected by how they make us appear to others. We want approval. We want to be cool. We want to be liked. We want to be loved. This is so second nature that many people do not even realize they do it. Some cannot tell the difference between the crafted image they project to the world and the real person inside. How real are you willing to get? How self-aware are you? Inventory your life choices and purchases? Which decisions do you make primarily because of how they make you look or feel about yourself? Which possessions make you feel better about yourself or superior simply because you own them? Which of these may actually be a hindrance to a healthy and humble view of self? Which of these may God desire you to put away? Make a list of actions you can take to create an honest healthy impression of yourself with others. For example, change Facebook posts that may seem pretentious, buy the $2 cup of coffee that tastes the same as the $4 cup of coffee with the great brand, or choose more modest clothes.
- From Pride to Humility by Stuart Scott
- The Raggamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
- Humilty: True Greatness by C.J. Mahaney
- Humilty by Andrew Murray
- Gospel-Powered Humility by William Farley
- The Pursuit of God by W. Tozer
- Knowing God by J.I. Packer
- The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan
- Adele Ahlberg Calhoun – Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, (Readings on worship, celebration, teachability, confession and self-examination, submission, service, humility, justice, stewardship, all prayer readings)