The method described here was taught to me from a CMS missionary, Andrew Lubbock. I (@ampers) have personally used this method for leading Bible studies and have recently read the book Inductive Bible Study: A Comprehensive Guide to the Practice of Hermeneutics by David R. Bauer & Robert A. Traina to give a bit more technical depth to this method. All quotes and definitions have been taken from this book.

The main strength of this method is that it’s simple, focused on the text and easy to reproduce in a group or individual setting. It involves four main phases that seek to build on each other: observations, questions, finding the key verse/sentence and application.

There are many variations of this method. Feel free to adapt this method to suit your needs. “One must be careful not to build rigidity into the process or to give the impression that there is only one way to study the Bible”.

The notes here may seem a bit technical in places, so please use them as a reference. Don’t feel like you have to understand all these notes before you can use this method. Consider these notes as a loose guide and something you may want to keep going back to.

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