Once you begin to grasp the life-changing power of God’s Word and the immense responsibility placed upon those who answer the call to teach, you will easily understand the need for self-evaluation. This leadership role requires spiritual maturity and wisdom—and enough humility to admit when you don’t have the answers. God has always used imperfect people, but as James says, “we who teach will be judged more strictly” (3:1).
Before you commit to leading a Bible study, consider the following questions.
• Are you deeply committed to Jesus Christ?
• Have you received or are you actively seeking the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
• Do you understand the importance of God’s Word and study it regularly?
• Do you have a working knowledge of Scripture and Bible study tools?
• Are you passionate about serving people and helping them grow spiritually?
• Are you committed to praying and fasting for the group of people entrusted to you?
• Are you willing to commit significant amounts of time preparing for and conducting Bible study meetings?
• Are you willing to submit to the authorities over you (women’s leader, pastor, etc.) when you assume this position?
Many more evaluation tools can be found in your local library or bookstore. Several are listed at the end of this unit under “Leadership Resources.” Spend a few weeks praying, reading, and honestly evaluating yourself before you commit to leading a Bible study.
How might your specific strengths and weaknesses affect your ability to lead others in studying the Bible?
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