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?
- Examine each of the following scriptures. Identify the qualities present from the kingdom of darkness in each scripture. Then identify the qualities of the kingdom of light Jesus uses to drive back or repair the darkness. What does the example of Jesus about how to challenge darkness in our lives, families, communities and world?
Matthew 8: 28-34
Luke 17: 11-19
John 9: 1-15
Matthew 14: 15-21
John 4: 1-38
Luke 19: 1-10
John 3: 1-21
- Identify 5 strongholds of the kingdom of darkness around you. This could be in the form of an addiction, broken relationship, exploitation, hatred, bitterness, ignorance, etc… Write all this down on a piece of paper. Next, identify the results and/or fruit of this darkness: separation, brokenness, shame, misery, hopelessness, etc… Next, identify the opposite qualities in the Kingdom of God. For example, the opposite of addiction is freedom. The opposite of ignorance is enlightenment. The opposite of bitterness is forgiveness. Discuss these with your coach and strategize how you can bring the qualities of the kingdom to bear on the strongholds of darkness in your life.
- Develop a list of at least ten kingdom qualities you would like to experience in your life. If you can’t think of any, reflect on what heaven will be like: God’s presence, joy, peace, reconciliation, truth, etc… (Matthew 6:10). Pray daily for 30 days for these qualities to be a reality in your life. At the end of this time discuss the changes in you and your world with your coach.
- Keep a kingdom journal for 30 days. Daily list at least three ways you encountered the Kingdom of God each day along with at least three ways you encountered the kingdom of darkness. The purpose of this exercise is to help you to be more aware of the spiritual realities and opportunities around you. Discuss your observations and learning with your coach when finished.
How hard was it at first to identify three encounters of each kingdom each day?
Did the exercise become easier over time?
What did you learn about the Kingdom of God?
What did you learn about the kingdom of darkness?
How has this exercise changed your perspective regarding practical spirituality?
- Research the Kingdom of God from four different sources. Contrast and compare these views. How do they define the kingdom? Which scriptures do they emphasize? Are they weighted towards the present or future kingdom? Do they affirm kingdom living today? What does a kingdom citizen look like? Which do you resonate with most? Write your own definition of the Kingdom of God.
- The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard
- The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancy
- Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- The Kingdom of God by Martin Lloyd Jones
- The Gospel of the Kingdom by George Eldon Ladd
- The Kingdom of God (Theology in Community) by Christopher Morgan
- Heaven on Earth by R. Alan Streett
- Within; Or, the Kingdom of God Is Within You by Andrew Murray