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?
- Identify the 39 times in scripture when someone is said to be filled with the Spirit. There are at least 23 instances in the Old Testament and 16 in the New Testament. Ask the following questions. Who is filled with the Spirit? Is there anything similar about these people? Why are they filled with the Spirit? What do these instances have in common? How is this experience different with people in the Old Testament and people in the New Testament? What gifts or abilities did the Spirit give to those in the Old Testament? How do these gifts and abilities compare with those given in the New Testament? What conclusions can you draw about being filled with the Spirit?
- Study the following verses regarding the ministry of the Holy Spirit. What do these verses teach regarding the various activities of the Spirit?
- Genesis 1:2
- Job 33:4; 104:30; Ezekiel 37:14
- Micah 3:8; Zechariah 4:6; Matthew 10:20
- Psalm 143:10; Isaiah 48:16; Ezekiel 37:1; Acts 8:29; 11:12; 13:2; 20:22
- Isaiah 11:2; 1 Corinthians 2: 10-14
- Isaiah 34:16
- Isaiah 42:1; 61:1; Mathew 1: 18-20; 3:16; 4:1; 12:18; 12: 28; Mark 1:10 – 12; Luke 1:35; 3:22; 4:1; 4:14; 4:18; 10:21; John 1: 32-33; Acts 10:38
- Ezekiel 36:27; Micah 3:8; Acts 1:8
- Isaiah 44:3;
- Ezekiel 3:12; Ephesians 1:17
- Psalm 51:11; Ezekiel 29:39; Haggai 2:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 2:18
- Mark 1:8
- List the virtues and character qualities given by the Spirit? If a verse appears more than once, then it suggests additional virtues or qualities. For example Galatians 5: 22-23 will suggest 9 different virtues? What do these verse suggest about the work of the Spirit in the lives of believers? What does this communicate regarding what it means to walk in the Spirit? How does the Spirit achieve these changes in our hearts? What do these verse teach about what it means to live the Christian life?
- Acts 4:31
- Isaiah 11:2; Daniel 5:11; Acts 6:3; 6:10; 1 Corinthians 2:13; Ephesians 1:17
- Acts 6:5; 11:24; 1 Corinthians 12:9; Galatians 3:14; 5:5; Jude 20
- Romans 5:5; 15:30; 2 Corinthians 6:6; Galatians 5:22; Colossians 1:8; 2 Timothy 1:7
- Luke 10:21; Acts 13:52; Romans 14:17; 15:13; Galatians 22-23; 1 Thessalonians 1:6
- Romans 8:6, 14:17, 15:13, Galatians 5:22, Ephesians 4:3
- 2 Corinthians 6:6
- Job 32:8, Isaiah 11:2, 2 Corinthians 6:6
- 2 Corinthians 6:6, Galatians 5:22
- 2 Corinthians 6:6, Galatians 5:22
- Romans 14:17, Galatians 5:5
- Romans 5:5, Ephesians 4:3
- Galatians 5:22
- Galatians 5:22
- Galatians 5:23
- Galatians 5:23, 2 Timothy 1:7
- Romans 5:5, 5:13, Ephesians 4:4
- Study the following verses about grieving the Spirit. 1 Samuel 16:14; Psalm 51:11; 106: 32-33; Isiah 63:10; Matthew 12: 31-32; Mark 3:29; Luke 12:10; Acts 5:3; 7:51; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; Hebrews 10:29.
- What conclusions can you draw from these verses?
- What is the difference in our relationship with the Spirit from the Old Testament to the New Testament?
- What do these verses teach regarding how we grieve the Spirit?
- How does God relate to those who grieve the Spirit?
- What happens to us spiritually when we resist the Spirit?
- The two ethics most contrasted with living in the Spirit is living by the law and walking in the flesh. Make a thoughtful and exhaustive list of the ways you naturally drift towards the law or legalism. Make another list of the ways you naturally drift towards the flesh and the things of the flesh.
For example, on your list of ways you drift towards legalism, you might list that you feel guilty for missing church even when it is for a legitimate reason. Or you may indicate that you are judgmental towards Christians who drink wine in moderation; although, you know that Jesus and Paul drank wine. In others words, include things you feel guilty about that maybe you shouldn’t or ways that you judge when maybe you shouldn’t.
On your list of ways you drift towards the flesh, you may include that you are easily angered or struggle with apathy. What are those things that keep you from living the way you desire for God? What are the things in your own heart that thwart your Christlikeness?
Develop these lists over time: at least 3 sittings. Add to them and allow your subconscious and opportunity to work on them for a while. Go over the following questions with your coach?
- How does living by the law give us a false sense of spirituality?
- How does living by the law create distance between us and God… us and others?
- How does living by the law in the areas you identified hold you back from being what God wants to be and going where God wants you to go?
- What steps should you take to live more in the Spirit rather than by law?
- How does walking in the flesh hold you back spiritually?
- What does it mean to crucify the flesh?
- What areas of your flesh need to die for you walk in the Spirit?
- How does the Spirit work in our hearts to bring about lasting change?
- The Holy Spirit: Activating God’s Power in Your Life by Billy Graham
- Baptism and Fullness: The Work of the Holy Spirit Today by John Stott
- Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit by Charles Stanley
- Showing the Spirit by D. A. Carson
- Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God by Gordon Fee
- Spirit of the Living God by Dale Moody
- Keep in Step with the Spirit by J. I. Packer
- The Beginner’s Guide to Spiritual Gifts by Sam Storms
- Ministering Through Spiritual Gifts by Charles Stanley
- Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
- Survival Kit for New Christians by Ralph Neighbor