The Method Of Study

Why we do Observation/Interpretation/Observation (OIA)

OIA is a recognized and trustworthy Bible study method taught by many authors and scholars today. Using this method has many advantages. However, one rises above them all: OIA changes our pace and slows us down. We have a tendency to read a passage quickly without investigating the details of what we read. OIA slows us down such that we notice details, ask questions, and determine original meaning. This is the treasure of Bible study.

It should come as no surprise to us to learn that the Bible is a rather old book. It was written thousands of years ago in a place, time, and culture with which most readers are unfamiliar. Gaps in our understanding of language, culture, geography and history must be overcome. 

While we readily admit OIA is not the only way to study the Bible, we chose OIA for ladies' Bible studies at The Creek for its simplicity and easy ability to transfer to others.  This is why we ask you to use OIA as your method of study while you attend the Bible study class. 

This method will be thoroughly explained and modeled by your teacher throughout the semester. Our hope is that as you leave this class you are equipped to study God's Word independently and perhaps even teach it to someone else. 

On our 1 John schedule page there is an OIA document that walks you through each step of the method. Please take a look and begin using this method to explore God's Word. New concepts and processes can be hard to adopt at first. Begin on a small scale by learning the observation part of OIA. Try it out. Next, begin to work on interpretation. We think before long you'll have a very effective means by which to study God's Word. Studying the Bible is vital in a Christian's life. We must explore God's Word and allow God's Word to change us. It is our lifeline to Him.

If you have questions or need further direction, email
Stef or Faith.  


Check out these articles on OIA:

Five Common Mistakes to Avoid When Studying the Bible.

Howard Henricks' 4 Bible Study Steps

8 Questions to Help You Understand and Apply the Bible