Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Head, Heart, Hands Method

Inductive Bible Study is an important part of what I do for discipleship and long-term evangelism. It is vitally important that every believer learns a simple method of understanding and applying the Scripture to their own lives. When working with new believers I try to teach as little as possible and let inductive Bible study do the work. I've used several methods, and in the past I wrote about Discovery Bible Study and the Three Column Method. While creating new short-term discipleship materials my friend and I discovered the Head, Heart, Hands method. We originally learned this method from Chuck Wood who discovered it from the first commandment that we should love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. He decided that we should use that as a model for understanding the Bible. My friend and I tweaked it a little and it is quickly becoming my favorite corporate
Bible Study method.

Head: Understanding

When is it?
Where is it?
Who is it?
What happened?
Say it in your own words.

Heart: Emotions & Promise

How does this make you feel?
Quote every time: “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
How does this make you free?

Hands: Obedience

Quote every time: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Is there a command to obey?
Sin to avoid?
Example to follow?
What will you do? (A practically obeyable goal)


  1. I like this outline very much

    1. Thanks Anthea!

      I've been using it consistently and it's my favorite. We've actually added to it a little since I posted it. Under heart we also ask, "Who do you identify with?" if applicable.

  2. Yes, Jonathan, that's a very good outline and is pretty easy to remember.

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