Bible Study Notes March 25th – Inductive Study


Which  name of God are you clinging to right now?


What did you like/dislike about inductive study?

Why did it feel so uncomfortable?

What did you learn from this week?

In my opinion, this passage was a semi-difficult to passage to use as an intro to inductive study.


Who here has done inductive study?

Why is it important?

  • Looks at all the “facts” before coming to a conclusion {DRAW PICTURE}
  • Instead of asking, “What does this mean to me?” I am asking, “What is God saying in this passage?”
  • Keeps us from developing skewed theology.

What have I learned about it?

  • I have done inductive study since I was 17.  It is has completely shaped how I read and teach Scripture.
  • Often when people talk about Scripture, they want to twist it to fit their life experience
  • Inductive study eliminates the subjective side of reading Scripture, and makes it much more objective.

What does it alleviate?

  • It alleviates a lot of bad theology, taking verses out of context, etc.
  • It does not alleviate every disagreement over the intention of God’s Word, theologians will still disagree over different things.

Today we are going to spend the majority of our time looking at Matthew 6:1-18.

To get a frame of reference with chapter 16, we need to understand that Jesus is preaching the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7) all in one sitting.  It isn’t broken up into 3 part sermon series.  He packs a lot into one sermon.  In chapter five  he says:

20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

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And He ends chapter 5 with this directive:

48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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With this is in mind, He begins the next segment in His sermon which is the passage we will look at today:

Matthew 6:1-18 {New American Standard Bible}

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

“So when you [a]give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But when you [b]give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your [c]giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners [d]so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

“Pray, then, in this way:

‘Our Father who is in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

10 ‘Your kingdom come.

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

11 ‘Give us this day [e]our daily bread.

12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from [f]evil. [g][For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

14 For if you forgive [h]others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive [i]others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

16 “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they [j]neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who seeswhat is done in secret will reward you.


  1. Matthew 6:2 Or give alms
  2. Matthew 6:3 Or give alms
  3. Matthew 6:4 Or alms
  4. Matthew 6:5 Lit to be apparent to men
  5. Matthew 6:11 Or our bread for tomorrow
  6. Matthew 6:13 Or the evil one
  7. Matthew 6:13 This clause not found in early mss
  8. Matthew 6:14 Gr anthropoi
  9. Matthew 6:15 Gr anthropoi
  10. Matthew 6:16 Lit distort their faces, i.e. discolor their faces with makeup

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In class today we broke this down and looked at this passage inductively.

Here is how you can do it:

Read through the passage one time.

What are some of the repeated words that you notice?

We came up with 6:

Give, pray, fast, reward, secret and forgiveness.

Then we made a list for each word (I will post our lists tomorrow, but for the sake of you doing it on your own, I’ll save that for later) 🙂  But I will get you started.

Read verses 2-4 (v2-4) and write down what the text says about giving. Don’t try to draw conclusions at this point we are just writing down facts.



V2 – do give

– don’t sound a trumpet when you give to be honored by men

V3 – do give to the poor

– don’t let right hand know what the left hand is doing

V4 – give in secret

Next read v5-13 and make a list of what the text says about prayer.

Next read v16-18 and make a list of what the text says about fasting.

Read the entire passage two more times.  The first time write down what the text says about the word “secret” and lastly what the text says about “reward.”

Finally read v14-15 and write down what the text says about forgiveness.

After you have all of your lists make a note of the repeated phrases.

We will discuss this more in tomorrow’s blog after you have your lists, but as we close today, I want you to think about what other situations Jesus would add to this list in 2015.  What would He say we should do in secret rather than posting on facebook? Why?

I've been a follower of Jesus for over 30 years, and have been teaching God's Word to students and women for nearly 20 years! God has brought me through some difficult chapters in my own life, and now my passion is equipping women like you with tools to embrace your own unexpected chapters in life with grace and truth.

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