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 detailed list of your anxieties, doubts, worries and fears. Revisit and revise the list during at least two additional sittings. Rank your list from most difficult struggle to least. Come back to the list and meditate on the various concerns you carry. Reflect on how and why they impact you the way they do. Consider how a faith response to each concern might change how each weighs on your life. Finally, pray through your list and turn each concern over to Christ. Repent your doubt and resolve to view each concern through the lenses of faith.
- Spend at least 15 minutes per day for the next two weeks praising and worshipping God.
- Identify a spiritual goal or desire you have neglected because you are in all honesty intimidated by it. Take steps to accomplish that goal.
- Seek out and support someone currently experiencing fear, doubt or anxiety. Encourage that that person. Sit down with them, take them for coffee or lunch, or even pray with them. Note the advice you give and apply that same advice to your own anxieties, doubts, worries and fears.
- Write a letter to yourself five years ago from your current perspective regarding your greatest struggles, anxieties and fears at that time. If you could pass that letter back in time, what would it say? No lottery numbers are allowed; use scripture, logic, or principles you have discovered in Thrive 316. What would you say to you? What does that teach you about your current problems and anxieties? What would you say to you today?
- Spend an entire day without making a negative or cynical statement. Every time you feel tempted to say something negative, intentionally say something positive or uplifting instead.
- Spend an hour in a quiet park or garden like setting. Ensure that you are not disturbed. Use that time to simply be quiet before Lord. Listen for his voice, meditate on a favorite scripture, and pray for his guidance. Does this time with God change the way you view your problems? If so, why not make this a weekly practice?
- Revisit your list from exercise 1. Identify at least one faith action in response to each concern. Be sure to list something tangible. Choose one action to implement this week. When finished, examine with your spiritual coach if it might be valuable to continue with other action steps you have listed.
- Forgive someone you have been holding a grudge against. Make a sincere gesture of fellowship towards that person such as a phone call, letter gift or visit.
- Identify a personal attribute or resource upon which you have an unhealthy dependence. What one thing do you believe you could not live without: money, appearance, intellect, relationships, free time, etc… Find a way to consecrate that attribute or resource to the Lord. For example, if money is your thing, give an especially generous and sacrificial gift to your church or worthy ministry. If relationships are dearer to you than anything, share Christ to those close to you. If free time is your prize, use your time to serve God in some way.
- Adele Ahlberg Calhoun – Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, (Readings on Submission, Part 7 on Prayer)
- Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
- The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
- Blue like Jazz by Donald Miller
- The Key to Personal Peace by Billy Graham
- Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (Devotional)
- Finding Peace by Charles Stanley
- The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson
- Toxic Faith by Arterburn and Felton
- Hinds Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard
- The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel