Title – How To Study Your Bible: The Lasting Rewards of the Inductive Approach
Author – Kay Arthur
Publisher – Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 1994
Kay Arthur started Bible study in America the year that I was born – 1969. And for 45 years, she has not stopped in promoting inductive Bible study through Precept Ministries.
I graduated with my B.A. in Christian Missions in 1992, and then I bought The International Inductive Study Bible (NASB) when I enrolled for an M.A. in Theology in 1993. One of my seminary professors, Dr. Stewart Custer, highly recommended this resource study Bible.
After my seminary days and returning to Idaho Falls for ministry, I connected with some of the Precept Bible studies. I even went to a Precept training conference in Salt Lake City.
Kay offers a good outline for (1) observation, (2) interpretation, and (3) application of the Bible text in this handy resource for the average church member.
She offers simple, good insights:
“When you know what God says, what He means, and how to put His truths into practice, you will be equipped for every circumstance in life” (p. 12).
“If you rush into interpretation without laying the vital foundation of observation, your understanding becomes colored by your own presuppositions–what you think, what you feel, or what other people have said” (p. 23).
“Be very wary if in your study you find something that no one else has ever seen before. God probably would not blind godly men to truth for almost 2,000 years and suddenly reveal it to you” (p. 65).
“The Bible is one revelation without contradiction” (p. 73).