As introduction or, for many of you, a reminder, of stable approach to reading the Bible, please watch a short, six-minute, You Tube video on inductive Bible Study.
This short video introduces the three steps of Observation, Interpretation (or Meaning), and Application. These three steps are what I use as my basic method each time I approach the Bible, whether in sermon preparation each week, or in my devotional readings each morning at prayer.
Following the Bible Overview by Matthias Media, I tend to summarize the steps as: Context, Observation, Meaning, Application.
Context: What in the Bible am I reading: a psalm, a story (narrative), a letter (epistle)?
Observation: Focus on the words on the page asking: Who, What, Where, When, How and Why?
Meaning (or interpretation): What do these words in their context communicate? What does this mean?
Application: In light of what the Bible says, what do I do?
This method can be a little cumbersome to learn. But I've found that once it becomes a habit of your basic approach to Bible study, then Bible study becomes much more enjoyable and practical.
The Sunday readings are:
Ecclesiastes 1:12-14; 2:1-7, 11, 18-23
This Wednesday our Bible study following the 6pm Mass will cover the NT book of Philemon (a short, one-page letter from St. Paul). We will use this short letter to discuss and practice the Bible study method discussed above.