I just got started in a Bible study this past week. It’s at a house church that meets on Thursday nights. The pastors are good friends of mine, and it was great seeing them again and joining their Bible study for the summer.
There’s two things about a Bible study that you need to know. There are so many out there that you can join if your church doesn’t have any or if you want to look outside your church; but it’s important to know what to look for in a Bible study and realize the importance of being in one. I’m going to address those two points.
Why join a Bible study?
I see two purposes in a Bible study. One is the discipline of taking time each week to study God’s Word, and having the benefit of different people’s study notes, perspectives, and application. A Bible study gives you the opportunity to be with a group of Christians who are passionate about God and His Word, and that passion will then influence your life and where you’re at. It will serve as a challenge to study God’s Word more, and a refreshment to see God’s Word in a different light. In other words, it’s accountability.
I know for me, when I used to go to the Bible study I’m going to now a couple years ago, it didn’t matter where I was spiritually. I could’ve been completely out of the Spirit before going in, but when I left I always was refreshed and encouraged by what I had learned and the wholesome fellowship I had experienced.
What to look for in a Bible study?
Just because there are a group of people who meet every week to go through a passage of Scripture doesn’t mean it qualifies as a Bible study you should join. There are a number of things to look for:
- Who is the leader, what are his qualifications to lead and teach, and does he put time in preparation for the study?
- Are the people in the group meeting to study the Bible or just to hang out with friends?
- Is the content of the study causing you to think and challenging your knowledge base?
- Is the study more of a sermon type led by one man who has to always ask questions or an interactive time where people are naturally giving input and asking their own questions?
- Does the study have a balance of interpreting the passage, finding the implications, cross references, historical background, and application?
- Does the study excite you, challenge you, compel you to study more, and leave you thinking about it during the week?
If you’ve done this check and found the Bible study you’re looking at to meet many or all of these points, you’ve probably found a solid Bible study. The next thing for you to do is join it! I hope this was a help to you, and if you’re not already, I challenge you to find a good Bible study this summer.
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