Observation Worksheets

Important Information for First-Timers

Welcome to Precept Upon Precept Inductive Bible studies. We’re excited that you’ll be studying with us! Inductive Bible study draws you into personal interaction with God through His Word so that your beliefs are based on a prayerful observation and understanding of the Scriptures— truth that will transform your life. Studying this way is summed up in the words of the psalmist: “for You Yourself have taught me” (Psalm 119:102). May the Lord bless you richly as you delve into the treasures of His Word.

The following will be helpful to you as you begin your studies:


In the lessons that follow, you’ll be asked to mark key words or phrases on a particular passage using Observation Worksheets.

  •  Key words or phrases unlock your understanding of the text. Marking them distinctively with colors or symbols helps you quickly locate the word or phrase, see how it’s used and how often.

  •  It’s advantageous to keep markings simple; colors and color combinations are easiest and least cluttering.

  •  You’ll find suggestions on the back cover of your Precept book; however, colors and symbols are your choice.

  •  When you have several words or phrases to mark, it’s helpful to read through the chapter more than once, marking a couple of words each time.

  •  It’s also helpful to make a bookmark (e.g., an index card) and list all the key words, marking them the way you want to mark them in the text.

  • Answer the questions Who, What, When, Where, Why and How when you are going through the text.


As you finish observing a chapter, you’ll be asked to record its theme (main subject) on an At a Glance chart specifically designed for the book you’re studying. This chart provides space to list each chapter’s theme and places for recording other pertinent information on the book. When completed, this chart provides a synopsis of the book at a glance.

We have three sources that will show you how to do the above and more (all available at www.precept.org or by calling 800-763-8280):

  • How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur: Chapter 2, “Getting the Big Picture” (p. 27ff.).

  • The New Inductive Study Bible (NISB). See “How to Use the Inductive Study Approach” (NISB-15ff) and “A System for Marking Key Words… Throughout Your Bible” (NISB-26.)

  • Discover the Bible for Yourself by Kay Arthur (new), pages 7-19.

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