Are You Looking for Change?
If we’re really going to understand God’s Word in a way that makes it the core of our being, we need to know without a shadow of a doubt that it is what God said. We don’t need secondhand knowledge; we need firsthand knowledge and the way to get that is through inductive Bible study.
The Inductive Bible Study Method is an investigative approach to the Bible using three basic components: observation, interpretation, and application.
Observation teaches you to see exactly what the passage says. It is the basis for accurate interpretation and correct application. Observation answers the question, what does the passage say?
While observation leads to seeing exactly what the Word of God says, interpretation goes a step further and helps you understand what it means.
Application means living out what the text means. You find out what the Word of God says on any subject through careful observation and accurate interpretation of the text. When you understand what the Word of God teaches, you’re then obligated before God to accept that truth and live it out.
Application of God’s word doesn’t simply mean action like going out and feeding the poor. It’s first changing my mind so that it lines up with the Word of God, and then going out and living accordingly. That equals the one goal that God has in all of this, which is as we behold Him, we are changed from glory to glory, into His image.
That is the redemption process—to redeem me out of the slave market of sin, to set me free, and to cleanse me, transform me into the image of the Son. And that begins with the washing of water with the Word.
We know from Romans 12:1-2, that we are to renew our minds. “Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Most seem to want some kind of change in their lives, yet they don’t spend time in God’s Word. Lasting change from sin can only happen as you’re renewing your mind and walking in obedience to His Word.
Many think studying the Bible is too hard, that the Bible is too difficult to understand. I don’t have a background in higher education, I was a nurse. When I was a foreign missionary, I was asked to work with teenagers. I thought to myself, ‘they just need to know the Word.’ Around that time, someone sent me the Methodical Bible Study by Robert Traina and Irving Jensen’s Independent Bible Study. It was then that I began to see the importance of the context of Scripture. Eventually, God showed me how to write Bible studies. God did it through me, and He gets all the glory.
Now I find when I read through the Bible, book by book, the Holy Spirit begins to cross-reference the Word of God for me, bringing other Scriptures to mind, and then Scripture interprets Scripture.
Oh, my friend, as this new school year approaches, decide what really matters. Stop and see how you’re spending your time. Today is a brand-new day to begin again. Remember, studying and knowing the Word of God is more important than any other kind of education!
If we don’t know the Bible, we don’t know God, and we’re just tossed to and fro by any doctrine we’re presented with. I’m not going to know if a teacher is on target if I do not know for myself what God said. And that’s the purpose of Inductive Bible Study.
We’ve got to understand and know His ways, which also helps us to understand the times we’re living in. During these perilous days, stay in God’s Word; study it, live it, and be a light in this dark world.
Precept Ministries International is here to help you know the truth for yourself. We have many resources to help you study the Bible and know God better. There are materials for children, students, and adults.
My passion for you is to know the truth and walk in it!
I encourage you to get into a Bible study. Thousands across the country and around the world have told us how being in a Bible study group has impacted their lives! You will never regret your time spent in God’s Word and with other believers.
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Kay Arthur’s exciting, practical approach to the Scriptures has influenced thousands to use the Inductive Bible Study Method in their personal studies. Her distinguished Christian character, Bible teaching, championing of the Inductive Bible Study Method, and national radio and television programs motivate others to discover truth for themselves. Kay’s passion is for people to be established in God’s Word.
At the age of 29, a divorced mother of two working as a nurse, Kay called in sick to the hospital where she was working because she was sick at heart, sick over the life of sin she had been living. She had a religion but did not possess a relationship with God. On the morning of July 16, 1963, she fell on her knees as a sinner and rose as pure and whole in the Lord’s sight. “For ‘Whoever will call upon the name of the LORD will be saved’” Romans 10:13, (NASB). “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB). She hungered and thirsted for the Word of truth and began studying the Bible. Her relationship with the Lord and scriptural findings turned her sorrows into joy and her mourning into laughter.
God’s love poured down upon her in 1965 when she married a missionary with the Pocket Testament League named Jack Arthur. Together they served as missionaries in Mexico for three and a half years until health issues led them back to the States. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jack began managing a Christian radio station, and Kay began a teen Bible study. Though the study started as a small gathering in the living room of the couple’s home, it soon grew from teens to college students to adults. From the beginning of the gatherings Kay’s and Jack’s deepest desire was to establish people in God’s Word. The ministry they founded in 1970 became Precept Ministries International where they served together as CO-CEOs until February 2012 when they stepped down and their son David assumed the role of CEO. Both Kay and Jack are still actively working at the Ministry.
As one of the principal Bible teachers at Precept Ministries, Kay speaks extensively domestically and internationally teaching the Word of God and the Inductive Bible Study Method. She has taught in many countries including Israel, India, Romania, Russia, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Taiwan, England, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Scotland, Ukraine, Germany, Guatemala, Poland, and South Africa.
Kay is the teacher and host of Precepts for Life™, a daily television, radio, and online program which takes the student through the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse using the Inductive Bible Study Method. Precepts for Life has an audience reach of over 75 million households and broadcasts into over 30 countries.
Kay currently resides in Tennessee.