Dave Black muses on his blog today:
11:20 AM With some embarrassment and hesitation, let me share with you a crazy thought that occurred to me while writing today:
We spend a lot of time, as writers and teachers, studying the Bible so that others can keep abreast of what thoughts and ideas it contains. Wouldn’t it be better, in terms of both efficiency and satisfaction, if they could do it for themselves?
Now, with a bit of irony, it’s back to writing….
Yes, my friend, and it is called Inductive Bible Study – something every pastor should be encouraging folks in their communities of faith to be learning – be careful though, it’s dangerous and could cause you to be knocked down a pedestal or two! Wouldn’t that be a shame if you were no longer the smartest person on the Bible in the congregation anymore? Really now! 🙂
To be able to effective study the Bible on your own (or even with others) you do not need a Bible college degree or a masters or a PhD degree – you don’t need any degree. You just need to be able to think! If you can think you can do inductive Bible study!
Please know I simply linked an example – it is the method that is important not the ministry that promotes it – though I happen to think Precept is as good a ministry as any in promoting inductive Bible study for Christians worldwide!
Pastors and church leaders, if you are not promoting Inductive Bible Study in your congregations (either leading the studies yourself or empowering and encouraging others to do so), you are only hurting your people – not helping them. That’s how I see it.