"Inductive" Bible study is where you look carefully at all the individual bits of Scripture -- the individual word-meanings, the grammar, the lesser and greater context of a verse, the over-all theme of the whole book, and the history and culture of the Bible writers' times -- and from all those bits you build conclusions. It's a different approach from the horrible medieval method of Bible reading, which assigned every verse three or four different levels of meaning (literal, symbolic, doctrinal, inspirational). The medieval method turned the Bible into a big blob of Silly Putty that you could twist and mold into almost any shape.
Jack is the teaching elder of Ironworks Pike Community Church. He is a graduate of Columbia Biblical Seminary http://www.ciu.edu.