GCGCNY Cell Plans

Guide to an Inductive Bible Study

Observation

Read the passage together and observe what it is saying

  • Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
  • Literary devices:
    • Compare and contrast 
    • Repetition of ideas and or words 
    • Similes¬†

Stay within the text and avoid interpretation (i.e. deriving meaning) 

Interpretation

Move into interpretation based on your observations

  • What is the cultural and historical context of this text?
  • How does this passage relate to the Gospel?
  • What is the meaning?
  • What is the main idea?

Application

Relate the interpretations to your own life

  • How does this apply to you?
    • Your life
    • Decisions
    • Priority
    • Approach