SDA Sabbath School Lessons
February 17, 1996

#7 How to study inductively

Read for this week's study:

Memory text: Ephesians 2:4, 5.

Key thought:

Inductive Bible study seeks to determine the exact meaning of a passage on the basis of language and context. By exploring a specific chapter or section of Scripture, we can learn inductively more of God's will for our lives and the manner in which He wishes to transform us. We learn about God's grace, the means of reconciliation with Him.

Grace and reconciliation.

The Bible explains how God saves us. Through Bible study we discover the "how" of salvation, as well as its personal results, the "so what." Inductive Bible study is the process of letting the text speak to us, rather than bringing our own agenda to the text. The primary purpose of this type of study is to find out what the Bible says, and its secondary purpose is to determine what the message means to us. We carefully observe the text, its content, and context. We look at each paragraph, sentence, and word in an intensely detailed and systematic manner. There are at least six steps in this method:
  1. Discover what the chapter is about; write a chapter title and summary.
  2. Make a list of everything you observe in the passage.
  3. Ask questions about the passage.
  4. Relate your chapter to other similar passages.
  5. List some possible applications.
  6. Write down concluding thoughts and observations.



Using the inductive method (detailed study of content and context), we can determine the meaning of Ephesians 2:1-22. Christians who understand the depth of love revealed in Jesus' death on our behalf are aware of the true motivation for abiding in Christ--His infinite sacrifice for us. God's love in His gift of grace enables us to live, learn, and serve according to His will.

Coded by Dave Albrecht.
Last updated on February 17, 1996.