Don’t Let Bible Study Options Drive You to “Hermithood”

So what’s so great about Precept’s studies?

I stopped by my local Christian bookstore the other day in search of a gift for a friend. Somehow I ended up in the “Bible Study” aisle and I was immediately swallowed by the countless options available for the searching. If you want to get engaged in Bible Study or help your group of students get grounded in the Word of God, where do you even start?! Should you start with a topical study or a book study? What topics would be relevant to you or your group? What type of study would best connect your group with God? How involved should the homework be? How much time do you have to study and discuss? The questions could be endless and it just might be enough to make you run for the hills with a cardboard box and a cat named Ke$ha. [Please see Urban Dictionary’s definition of “hermithood” and be amused.]

Well, before you write off humanity forever, I’m here to help you. I’m assuming that you’ve read the previous blogs and that you’re growing more convinced in this little miracle called the Inductive Study Method. If you’re still not sure, go back and read the history of our ministry, the testimonies of students involved here, the explanation of what our mission is.

It’s about time to try this for yourself.

I believe in our products

– not because I want you to buy them (which might not be a bad idea…), but because I’ve seen them in action, both personally and within the people I’ve discipled. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 says, “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” The words of men cannot produce godly transformation – only God’s Word starts a work in our hearts and keeps it going. Our materials are the best thing I’ve found to set God’s Word on the center stage with all lights on Him. THAT produces a unstoppable work of grace in your heart.

So, I got distracted. You’ve decided against the cardboard box and you’re looking for a Bible Study . . . an inductive Bible Study. But where do you start?

How much time do you have?

Not because I intend to talk your ear off, but this is a great question to ask yourself as you select a Bible Study either for yourself or your group. Can you or your students take on homework? If so, how much homework? How long do you have to discuss every week? Do you need video resources to accommodate the study? Do you want to be trained as the leader or have your leaders trained? These are great questions to help you discern which Precept Series would be most effective.

Here is a list of our most popular individual and group studies that will help you discover truth for yourself. Take a glance below and see what might work for you: Bible Study Formats

And this may go without saying, but I’m going to throw it out there anyway. Pray. Seriously. There are 66 books of the Bible and countless helpful topics within those books and only God can lead you to the right book for the right time for the right group. And He will. I love hearing how God places specific titles and topics to study on people’s hearts.

So take a look at our eCatalog to see what each series has to offer. Browse the titles and be sure to take a look inside the first lesson on their eStore product pages to see if this is what you’re looking for. And let us know if we can answer any questions – we are here to help and we want to see God’s Word “performing its work in you who believe.”


Kaysie Strickland is a Jesus follower. Her passion is to establish people in God’s Word, beginning with herself. She is married to her best friend and works at the best ministry (in her opinion), Precept Ministries International. You will most likely find her near a cup of tea. She loves simple wonders like handwritten letters, oak trees, and the gospel.

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