Welcome back to our Spring Online Inductive Bible study at the Women’s Bible Café. We are having an awesome time in our discussion group. What a joy it is to learn how to study God’s Word for ourselves. His Word is alive and active and is “inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. God’s Word is His love letter to each of us, and so we need to know and study His Word for ourselves so that we can be equipped for every circumstance of life. It’s not too late to join this Bible study when you CLICK HERE
This week we will be discussing Week 2 of How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur, David Arthur and Pete DeLacy. We begin reading Part One “Observation” – Discover What It Says! Our daily reading lessons this week includes:
- Chapter 1: The Rule of Context – Context Rules!
- Chapter 2: Getting the Big Picture
Have you ever looked through a keyhole? What did you see? Not very much, because your vision is restricted and only allows you to see a tiny fraction of what lies beyond the door. It is only until you unlock the door and step out onto the other side that you are able to see the bigger picture. This is what it means to identify the context in Bible study. It would be so easy to misinterpret what God is speaking to us in His Word if we do not consider the context first. We need to see the BIG PICTURE and not focus on just a keyhole view.
Context always rules in interpretation!
Kay Arthur writes:
“In Bible study, context is the words, phrases, and sentences surrounding a particular word, phrase, or sentence. This context gives meaning to the particular word, phrase, or sentence and helps you understand what the author is saying. Context can also be expanded to paragraphs, chapters, books, and eventually the whole Bible. Because context rules in, or determines, the interpretation of the passage, it is important for you to know the context of any passage that you’re studying.”
God wants you to know Him. He wants to have a personal relationship with you. What better way to show God how much you love Him than to treasure His Word and to study His Holy Word for Yourself, and that is what Inductive Bible Study is all about.
We are so excited you are joining us in this journey in learning how to study your Bible. We are just getting started. Hangeth thou in there! The best is yet to come!
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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in your small group or post your answers here):
- How can context help you see the “big picture?” What happens if we do not consider the context?
- What are key repeated words, and why are they important? What is the purpose of marking key words?
- What questions do you have up to this point in the study?