STEP VII: APPLICATION!
The Seventh Step of
Inductive Bible Study is Asking
the Big Question,
Let us be Doers of His Mighty Word!
Remember the Word of God's purpose is to transform us into His image and character!
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” (Rom. 12:1-3)
Study with the willingness to give an eager response. As Christ called us to "Walk in the Light" (Matt. 7:22-29; Mark 4:1-29; Luke 11:28; John 8:12; 1 John 1:5-7).
Ask the Question: “How does this apply to me?
Ask: “What will I do about it?” and WHEN?
These are the questions that we ask to see how the truth of what we are reading applies to our lives.
We are called to be the person who gets in His Word, who sees, knows, and applies it, will be growing and useful for Christ. He or she will be exhibiting good character and godliness as he or she moves into actually applying Christianity, to being “doers of the Word” (Prov. 28:13-14; Mark 3:7-8; John 8:47; Rom. 12:15; Col. 3:12; James 1:2-27; 1 John 1:8-9).
This is the step where the rubber of the tires meets the road. All the previous five steps lead up to this. This is the main point of why we study the Bible, to do something with it. Of course we all do something with it, either we ignore it or we are transformed by it.
Application comes out of a Changed life. And leads to a life transformed!
Ask the Question: “What can I model and teach?”
Ask the Question: “What does God want me to share with someone?”
Do Not Forget Bible Verse Memorization!
ASK YOURSELF THESE FIVE QUESTIONS:
SOMETHING TO CONSIDER:
This area of putting feet to God’s Word is the most neglected aspect of our Christian life! But it is at this part where our lives change and God uses us to change others. (1 Tim. 1:6; 2 Tim. 1:10-14)
If no application comes to your mind, pray, and pray again. Let God show you His way, not our way.
You can stand in an ice-cream shop all day long and stare at all of the flavors, but no enjoyment or satisfaction will come until you bite into a scoop for yourself!
Remember the Word of God’s purpose is to transform us into the image of God, to model His character!
Condensed from the book, "Into Thy Word"