Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible study at the Women’s Bible Café. Beginning this week and through the remainder of our study time together, we will look at the last component part of Inductive Bible study…Application.
Application answers the questions:
- How does the meaning of this passage apply to me?
- What truths am I to embrace, believe, or order my life by?
- What changes should I make in my belief, in my life?
Not only must we be hearers of the Word, we must also be doers of the Word. This is why application is the most important component of Inductive Bible study or else our Bible study has been in vain.
Kay Arthur writes:
“No matter how much you know about God’s Word, if you don’t apply what you learn, Scripture will never benefit your life.”
This week we will also learn how to analyze a long passage of Scripture by outlining the main important facts. When I was in high school and college, I recall outlining my history lessons to prepare for an exam. Outlining the chapters helped me to focus on the main important facts so I could recall those facts once I took the exam. Likewise, outlining the Chapters in a book of the Bible is a visual method to help you identify and organize the main points of Scripture.
Our daily reading lessons this week includes:
- Chapter 13: The Transformed Life
- Chapter 14: Outlining–Just the Bare Facts
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Begin your Bible study by praying and asking the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth and to open your mind and heart for understanding His Holy Word.
- Read Chapters 13 and 14 in How to Study Your Bible.
- Review and outline Colossians in a notebook or journal.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in your small group or post your answers here):
Review your observations of Colossians and answer the following questions:
- Why was there a need for Paul to write to the believers in Colossae? In other words, what is the author’s purpose in writing?
- What were the warnings about in Colossians? Where were they primarily in the letter? Do any of these warnings apply to us today? How so?
- What does it mean to be complete in Christ? (Colossians 1:28)
- What did you learn about Christians bearing fruit?
- How has God spoken to you through your study of Colossians?