Now I will go into the Deductive Method. We looked already at Inductive where you ask questions to find out what does it mean? Now I will talk about what has been referred to as "nugget hunting". Picture yourself walking through a mine field with a friend. "Here is something valuable," your friend will say as you walk alone. "If you pick it up you can take it with you."
The thing to keep in mind is this valuable truth can not be discerned by an unsaved man as the unsaved one cannot understand the deep spiritual message of the Bible. Sure, he can read the words. Many have and many will tell you, "Yes, I've read through the Bible once or twice. Nice book."
"The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spitually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14
This method I am going to talk about is a good one for the new Christian or the old Christian who needs to get into Bible Study because this can be used to get them into the Word of God for themselves. They will need to learn how to see for themselves. They will need to see that "nugget" that is there out in the open.
This also is a question and answer method. You need to learn how to recognize important truths. Find a passge you like and start digging. Ask, "What type of material do we have here?"
Let us go back to John 11:35 "Jesus Wept"
Ask "What group of people do we have here?" "To what group is Jesus talking?"
Prepare questions as you go along. Talk to the Bible (No, you are not losing your mind. You are asking God for direction. He wrote the Scrpture you are reading. He is the best interpreter.)
Questions fall into different categories.
- Factual Questions. --Who? What? When? Where? How?
- Translation Qestions.--These wil lead you to diagram, draw pictures, chart, summerize, search out technical information.
- Relationship questions-- compare, contrast, show cause and effect.
- Application questions-- how do you apply a rule or principle or perform a problem-solving task?
Don't give up. Write down what you are learning. Write down your unanswered questions. Maybe later something you are reading will help you answer the problem passage.
And as you go about your day allow it to do its' work. You do this by mediatation. A subject that will be handled later in another post.
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