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Step 1

 Step 01   Set it Up.

Watch this short, introductory video about engaging God's Grand Narrative through inductive Bible study.

Slow down and become a "Noticer" of God's action in the world around you.

Link to the guide Dr. Halcomb mentions (not required for this study): 

Step 2

 Step 02   Word Up.

Our sample passage for the learning together through the Inductive (from the inside out) Bible Study process is Matthew chapter 5.  

Take a deep breath, exhale, and read or listen to the opening paragraphs of Jesus' teaching on practical living.  

Use your own Bible, or choose one (or all three, as time permits) versions below.   

Reading/Listening to different translations offers an opportunity for deeper engagement with the text.


to Matthew chapter 5

in the English Standard Version (ESV)


to Matthew chapter 5

in The Message paraphrase (MSG)


to Matthew chapter 5

in the Holman Christian Standard Version (HCSB)

Share your first impressions of Matthew 5.  What do you think?  What do you feel? What are some major themes in the text?

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Step 3

Break it Down. Unpack it.  

However you say it, we learn better when we can break big mounds of information into smaller, digestible pieces. This technique is called "chunking," and helps our brains to process and retain concepts.  


Studying the Bible is no exception.  The first step toward interpreting Scripture is to divide larger segments into paragraphs.

Practice your paragraph division skills by taking  quizzes 1 and 2 below. You can take them as many times as you want. 


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