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Four Basic principles of the Inductive Bible Study Method - 1                                                       

Observation – What do I see?

  • Observation is the art of examining things around and studies their relationship.
  • Good observations are the key to good inductive Bible study.
  • You must be a good observer of the facts in a passage.
  • While observing, we must be interested only in what the text says, and not what we think.


Few things to follow in observation:

  1. Observe the entire passage and get an overview. 
  1. Read the text carefully – You should read the text until it becomes so familiar that parts of it are committed to memory.     
  1. Record your first impressions. 
  1. Record the major facts – Who/What/Where/When/Why 
  1. Observe the structure of the passage – Make a basic outline of the text 
  1. Observe the details of the passage – Look at the major facts and ask questions about the text.


The questions we must ask:


Who? Who are the people mentioned in the text? What is their relationship to each other?


What? What are the key truths or happenings?


Where? Where did it happen? Where is it said? – The geography and location of the events in the passage are important.


When? When did it happen? - The time sequence of the events


How? How it happened? – The way by which things happened.



Assignment # 1


Mark 4:35-41


·        Read the text a minimum of three times.

·        Answer the following questions


  1. Who are the people involved in the story? 


  2. What time of the day is it? 


  3. What did Jesus tell His disciples?

  4. What happened? (Retell the incident in your own words)


  5. How serious was the storm ?


  6. Where was Jesus during the storm?


  7. What was the question the disciples asked Jesus?  

  8. How did Jesus respond to their question? 


  9. What did He ask His disciples?

10. What did the disciples say to one another?