This course is made up of a series of 17 individual sections with self-assessments to assist you in achieving the course learning objectives/outcomes.

Each section you will watch and listen to the course video and examine summaries in the Course Reading section and Bible texts in the Scripture Window of the web page. An important part of this course is applying what you have learned to real examples. Several times throughout the course you will be asked to practice a skill being taught and you will need to use web page tools to type notes, lists and outlines or to mark Scriptures with colored symbols.

At the end of the course there will be several self-assessment questions for you to answer. These questions are self-guided, with answers given and intended for your own knowledge and understanding of the material. There are no recorded scores or pass/fail requirements in this course.

At the end of the course there will be an opportunity for you to navigate to a page where you may print all of the course readings, notes and marked Scriptures in a single PDF document. A course certificate of completion will be available to print as well.


This course will mainly center on a Bible passage in the Old Testament:

  • Joshua 1:1-9

Downloadable texts and materials include

  • Observation Worksheets
  • Inductive Study Notes
  • Example Markings
  • Example Lists
  • Example Key Phrases
  • Links to Popular Studies
  • Self-Test
  • Course Syllabus


Section 1 – Welcome

Section 2 – Definition and Parts of Inductive Bible Study
   • Definition of Inductive Bible Study
   • Three Parts of Inductive Bible Study

Section 3 – 5Ws and an H
   • The Meaning of Observation

Section 4 – 5Ws and an H, Part 2
   • Slowing down to read & concentrate

Section 5 – Marking Main Characters - Joshua
   • How to mark the text
   • Marking exercise

Section 6 – Marking Main Characters, Part 2

Section 7 – Marking the People of Israel
   • How to mark / Marking exercise


Section 8 – Marking the People of Israel, Part 2

Section 9 – Marking the Lord
   • How to mark
   • Marking exercise

Section 10 – Marking the Lord, Part 2

Section 11 - Marking Time References
   • Identifying a time reference
   • Marking exercise

Section 12 – Marking Time References, Part 2

Section 13 – Marking Time References, Part 3

Section 14 – Marking Locations

   • Identifying geographical locations
   • Marking exerciseSection 15 – Marking Locations, Part 2

Section 16 – Quick summary

Section 17 – Making lists
   • How to make lists
   • Listing exerciseSection 18 – Making Lists, Part 2

Section 19 – Significance of lists
   • Application to consider

Section 20 – Key repeated words and phrases
   • Identify repeated key words and phrases

Section 21 – Key Repeated Words & Phrases, Part 2

Section 22 - Key Repeated Words & Phrases, Part 3

Section 23 - Key Repeated Words & Phrases, Summary

Section 24 – Identifying themes
   • Definition of theme
   • Interpretation principles

Section 25 – Application

Section 26 – Continue your study
   • Recommendations

Section 27 – Self test questions

Section 28 – Self test answers