What is Precept Ministry?
What could be more important than knowing God and His will and living in relationship with Him? Precept Ministries International is dedicated to equipping people everywhere with the tools to discover Truth for themselves by studying God's Word inductively. We are convinced that studying the Bible inductively is the most powerful and rewarding method to personal discovery and longer retention. Believers all over the world tell us these tools have made the most significant difference in their walk with God.
What Is Inductive Bible Study?
Observation, Interpretation, Application. Precept's method uses an investigative approach that takes each person to the text directly. If you can read a newspaper, you can study the Bible.
Inductive Bible Study shows you how to discover God's Truth for yourself. The concept behind the inductive study method is to get students personally, intimately involved with the subject, observing carefully for themselves. For example, if we were studying frogs using the method, we would begin by taking students to the pond to touch and observe real frogs before taking them to the library to study books about frogs.
At Precept, we use a straightforward investigative approach to open the Bible and build the context for each statement it contains. That's where we find God's precepts—or principles—for life. Inductive study is the tool our students use to collect those precepts to build a God-glorifying, Bible-centered worldview with clear applications to live the abundant, victorious life in Christ.
There are three steps to Inductive Bible Study:
Specially designed skills for busy lives in an age of speed, noise and endless distractions, the inductive study method will help you slow down to focus on God's Word, and see what it really says.
Careful observation enables students to discover what the text means in its context. Since the Bible is its own best interpreter, the more accurate your observation, the greater will be your understanding of God's Word.
The Creator and Author of life has shown us how to live a satisfying, eternally significant life. Intentional, disciplined observation and interpretation lead you to the profoundly applicable Truth of the Bible.
Without application Bible study can become "knowledge that puffs up" or doctrinally shallow anecdotes. Our goal is changing lives by connecting people with Christ.
If you have determined that inductive study will get you into the Word for yourself, then you're ready.