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Leading a Bible Study


As a Bible study leader, you have the opportunity—the calling—to apply Scripture to all kinds of real-life issues. No matter the circumstances or questions facing the believer, a better understanding of the eternal truth found in God’s Word can make all the difference. As you share your insights from Scripture and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, the members of your group won’t be the only ones to benefit. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn along the way, too.

Leading others in studying the Bible can be a bit intimidating for beginners. A Bible study is much more than a book club, because the Bible is much more than a book. Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” No mere book contains that kind of power.

Through your study of the nature of God and His Word, you have nearly unlimited potential to effect real and lasting change in people’s lives. Wise leaders are aware of the great responsibility placed upon them. But with plenty of preparation, planning, and—most importantly—the Holy Spirit’s anointing, you’ll be able to lead with grace and God-confidence.

This unit covers the following aspects of leading a Bible study:

1.   Preparation

·      Recognizing the need for personal Bible study

·      Understanding the responsibility of leading others

·      Evaluating yourself as a potential leader

      2.   Planning

·      Choosing your subject

·      Exploring resources available in your area of study

·      Formulating lesson plans

·      Working out the logistics of your study



Leadership Resources

•    Now That’s a Good Question: How to Lead Quality Bible Discussions, by Terry Powell (Standard)

•    Opening the Door: Tools for Leading an Evangelistic Bible Study, by Ron Bennett and Larry Glabe (NAVPress)

•    The Bible Study Teacher’s Guide, by Beverly Van Kampen (FaithWalk)

•    How to Study the Bible, by Watchman Nee (Living Stream)

•    www.crosswalk.com

•    www.oneplace.com

•    www.biblegateway.com

•    You’ll also need access to a collection of study tools: study Bible, concordance, commentaries, Bible dictionary, and Bible encyclopedia. You can find these resources on the Web, on Bible study software, at a local library, bookstore, or even in your church library or pastor’s office.


Bible Study Resources

•      40 Minute Bible Studies series, by Kay Arthur (WaterBrook Press/Random House)

•      A Woman After God’s Own Heart series, by Elizabeth George (Harvest House Publishers)

•      Bad Girls of the Bible series, by Liz Curtis Higgs (Random House)

•      Designed for Influence series, by Carol Kent and Karen Lee-Thorp (NAV Press)

•      30-Day Journey studies, by Catherine Martin (Harvest House Publishers)

•      Various studies and DVD curriculum by Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Lisa Bevere (LifeWay Publishers)

•      The Power of a Praying Wife and Power of a Praying Woman DVD curricula, by Stormie Omartian (Harvest House Publishers)

•      Various relationship-building books by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott (Zondervan)

•      If you’re looking for curriculum specifically written for Pentecostal women, you can’t go wrong with Trustworthy: A Study of the Life and Character of Daniel by Kay Burnett (My Healthy Church).



ELIZABETH HIGHTOWER lives in Missouri with her husband Eric and teenage daughter Elise. Since earning a Bible and Theology degree from Lee University in 2003, she has served alongside Eric in pastoral ministry and is currently part of the AGWM Editing and Design team.


All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society®.

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