I regularly try to clarify that what makes our Bible study useful is using not OIA terminology but OIA principles. So when I claim that OIA is the best Bible study method, I’m not saying that “OIA” is the secret pass code that unlocks all the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I’m merely saying that we have to pay attention to what’s said, understand what it means, and connect it to our lives.
Case in point: Marshall Segal writes a great post about “Six Questions to Ask When Studying the Bible in a Group.” And his six questions are really helpful not only for small groups but also for personal study. And someone might work through the steps Segal presents and wonder, “Why are there so many methods out there, and how do I make sure I’m following the right one?”
But please consider. Notice that Segal’s “Swedish Method” is the same as the OIA process, just with different labels.
- Light bulb = Observation
- Question mark = Interpretive questions and answers
- Cross = Seeing Jesus on every page of Scripture
- Arrow = Inward application
- Talking bubble = Outward application
- Why? = Main Point
Of course, we might explain each step with slight differences, but the substance remains the same. By all means, if you find “the Swedish Method” helpful, then please use it. It’s far more important to use the method than to label everything the same way I would.
I recommend Segal’s helpful article to you. Check it out!