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 an exhaustive list of all the ways God has blessed you.
- Spend at least 15 minutes per day for the next two weeks praising and worshipping God.
- Spend an entire day without complaining about a single thing. If you fail, try again. Keep it up until you can get through an entire day without a single complaint or negative comment.
- For the next two weeks, whenever anyone asks how you are doing, say, “Great!!! or “I am blessed.”
- List five things you would attempt for God if you knew you couldn’t fail.
- Make a list of your five greatest struggles in life and how God can use them to strengthen you and make you more spiritually mature.
- Do something to intentionally bring joy to the life of another. Think Ebenezer Scrooge after his visit from the four spirits. Carefully note how you feel when you see that other person respond. Does bring joy to others bring you joy? What does thins teach you about life and about how you live your life?
- Attempt something you have been putting off because you are skeptical regarding your potential success. It can be anything: losing weight, joining a sports league, making a new friend, serving in church, or reading the Bible all the way through. Be sure it is something tangible. Ensure your attitude is right and go for it.
- Embark on a mission trip or service project among people who are far less fortunate than you. Keep a daily journal about how these people impact you. How do they live? How happy do they seem? In what ways were your eyes opened today? In what ways are you truly blessed?
- Examine and build your base of support. Do you have people in your life who support you, encourage you and hold you accountable? Do you have access to any healthy, joyful and spiritually mature individuals willing to be your friend, mentor or teacher? Do you have strong Christian friends? Are you regularly involved in a good Bible study or small group? Are you connected relationally in a good church? These are important questions for everyone, but especially for people who struggle with discouragement. If your spiritual community is lacking, then take the initiative to get more involved. Take the initiative to befriend other strong believers. You may need to make friends at church, work, and in your neighborhood. It’s hard to live the Christian life alone. We need to lift one another up.
- Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
- You Gotta Keep Dancing by Tim Hansel
- The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
- Desiring God by John Piper
- Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
- The Pilgrims Progress – John Bunyan
- Choose Joy by Kay Warren
- Can I Have Joy in My Life? By R.C. Sproul
- Adele Ahlberg Calhoun – Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, (Readings on Celebration, worship, justice, gratitude, unplugging and appendix 6)