Now that you have offered to have a Bible study in your home, let’s consider why people have indicated an interest:
This is not a project! This is a new beginning in your neighborhood or workplace. These are new relationships, and your aim in having this study is to share the person of Christ in order to cause others to seriously consider the need to receive Him. For those who are already Christians, your aim will be to help establish them in their relationship with Christ.
Begin with prayer! Pray about when to start. Set a date! If you would like, let those who responded to coming to the Bible study have input in the decision. Your Bible study should begin with a short commitment of four to six weeks.
Invite all who were originally invited to your Gathering. Personally call to invite everyone so that you can answer their questions. You may wish to include a Christian friend who can be a back-up person to help lead the study.
Use one home for all six weeks. It doesn’t have to be your home. Be prompt in beginning and ending your Bible study. The minimum time for the study itself should be 45-60 minutes. Allow additional time for fellowship. (1 1/2 hours works well).
If you want food and beverages, keep it very simple.
1. Use name tags.
2. Give an opportunity for introductions.
3. Explain the purpose of the Bible study: “We want to learn together how God and the Bible are relevant to our lives.”
4. Share guidelines for the study to set participants’ mind at ease and provide a “safe” environment for learning.
For example, participants should be aware that they:
- Will not be quizzed on their knowledge of the Bible or Christianity.
- Will no be “called on” for answers, but hope all will want to take part.
- Will always be free to ask questions, looking for answers together.
It is essential that the Bible remain the centerpiece of conversation, not our diverse denominational or religious backgrounds and traditions.
5. Have an extra Bible available in case someone doesn’t have one.
6. Tell them about the study you have picked for the next five weeks and distribute study books.
During your remaining meetings, you might pray a simple prayer to open the Bible study. Take time to go through the guidelines again if new people come.
If you sense the group (or someone in the group) would like to continue, be prepared to talk about when and what you will study.
1. Keep a page in a notebook with notes about each person (family, insights, prayer requests). Use this page for your personal prayer time for them.
2. Keep a record of what you did each week and who came.
3. If appropriate, meet with each participant individually and ask what was helpful to them during the Bible study. This may give you an opportunity to help them take spiritual steps.
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