Have you ever participated in an inductive Bible study by Precept
Ministries? If you have you know that you will need colored
pencils for this study! This inductive Bible study kit comes
with a CD and a workbook. It focuses on Genesis chapters
11-25, but there are a few other passages to help the students
understand Abraham. There are observation sheets included
in the book, which are the Bible verses from the New American Standard
Bible. Each student should have their own workbook. The
workbook is three-hole punched for easy assembly into a three-ringed
binder. The curriculum comes with a teacher's guide. The
guide provides answer keys, discussion guides, scope and sequence,
tests, and more resources.
It was designed for use in grades 6-12. As the students
encounter common inductive words such as "cross-reference" or "context" there
are little text boxes on the page for the students to be acquainted
with the terms. One of the things that makes this inductive study
more student-friendly is that there are additional graphics on
the lesson page for the students to gather information from the
observation sheet and then rewrite it in the empty graphic. For
example, after reading Genesis 11 and 12 and marking "Lord" and "Abram" on
the observation pages the students then wrote their finding in
empty boxes in the lesson. That allows the students to absorb
the information one more time. The students are told to
look for the answers to the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How
questions. They are taught to look for key words, and mark
them in a distinctive way in the passage. Sometimes the
book will tell them to mark a certain word with a certain color
or symbol. After reading the passage and marking it up then
the students are to answer some comprehension and application questions.
Our family has used the inductive Bible study books Discover 4
Yourself series for children in the past. They had a lot
of interesting dialogue in the book and great inductive technique.
This book is a good step between the children's books and the adult
series. My kids and I appreciated that the Bible is included in
the book so that all we need to gather for Bible time is our own
individual book. My daughter liked being able to remove
the observation pages from the book and put them side by side with
the assignment. My kids love inductive Bible studies because
there is always something to do. They grab their colored
pencils and mark the key words. Then they re-read the passage
and look for the answers to the question words. I like that
they read, and re-read a passage to absorb more of God's Word.
As a mom, I also like that I just have to find one book and not
a Bible study book and a Bible.
This study can be done by the student alone, without a parent.
This was my only "con" as I really enjoy doing inductive studies
with my children. However, as my children grow up into teens
and then adults I do want them to transition from mom-driven study
to independent study. This is a great in-between book. It
is independent, but it is not designed for adults so the workbook
has more guidance than an adult study. The questions have
a little more guidance and not too many life applications. For
my kids this was great because they enjoy studying God's Word and
learning more about it but are still a bit young to look at their
life and see similarities between their life and Abraham's life.
The inductive Bible study curriculum is a great addition to the