In the fall of 2016, I taught a Bible Study Methods course at our church using the book of Hosea as our case study. The goal of the class was primarily to teach the inductive Bible study method (observation, interpretation, application) and secondarily to learn the book of Hosea. Each class was taught in 2 sections: 1. Teaching skills for understanding the Scriptures and 2. Teaching through the section of Hosea assigned. In between these parts we took a break and students completed exercises to practice the skills taught that day. You will find these exercises below. In the audio, you will need to listen for when this break happens and pause it to complete the printable exercise given. Though this was intended to be completed with a group, it can be done individually as well. 

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Enjoy! ~Kelly

 

Week 1 

This is an introduction to the importance of learning to know the Word of God for ourselves. I also address some bad Bible reading habits and give a brief overview of the book of Hosea, which we'll be studying throughout the class.

Class Notes

Hosea Information Sheet

Why Bible Study Doesn't Transform Us by Jen Wilkin


Week 2

By far the most important part of Bible study is observing (or comprehending) the text. We're simply trying to answer the question, what does the text say? This week we practice this by marking up the text.

Class Notes

Visual Aid referenced in teaching

Printed Text for Exercise


Week 3

By far the most important part of Bible study is observing (or comprehending) the text. We're simply trying to answer the question, what does the text say? This week we practice this by writing observations.

Class Notes

Visual Aid Referenced in Teaching

Printed Text for Exercise


week 4

Now that we've studying the details of what the text says, we are ready to ask questions about what it means. This is the process of interpretation. In this first part we'll focus just on asking good questions.

Class Notes

Printed Text for Exercise


WEEK 5

Before we move to learning how to answer the questions we've been asking, we need to understand the importance of context. This is especially important for a prophetic book like Hosea. Written in a specific time in history to a specific group of people, it helps us understand the actions and words of God to know the context of His message through Hosea. For the practice time, you can pick any one of the 4 options below. For extra practice and understanding of Hosea's context, you can do them all.

Class Notes

Printed Text - Option 1

Printed Text - Option 2

Printed Text - Option 3

Printed Text - Option 4


WEEK 6

The last part of interpretation is learning how to answer the questions you have asked of the text. This class focus on a few different ways we can go about answering these questions.

Class Notes

Printed Text for Exercise


WEEK 7

The final process of Bible study is taking what we've learned and applying it to our lives in 3 main ways: prayer, repentance, and worship. Bible reading is not self-help. It is how we know and love God and learn to put our faith in His righteousness, not our abilities to be holy.

Class Notes

Printed Text for Exercise


WEEK 8

An overview of why this matters, the tools we've learned, common obstacles to Bible reading, and how to make a realistic plan. 

Class Notes