For the purposes of this unit, we’ll assume you’re planning to use a published resource to guide your study. It’s a good idea for beginning Bible study leaders to use proven curriculum. As you become more experienced, you may choose to write your own Bible study—but that’s another topic altogether!
With so many unique Bible studies to choose from, you’re sure to find one that’s right for your group and your selected subject. Your pastor is an invaluable resource and he or she can help you find a quality study for almost any subject you choose. For a place to start, check out our list of “Bible Study Resources” at the end of this unit.
Keep in mind that the best Bible study tool is the Bible itself. The great writer John Bunyan said, “Read the Bible, and read it again, and do not despair of help to understand something of the will and mind of God, though you think they are fast locked up from you. Neither trouble yourself, though you may not have commentaries and expositions; pray and read, and read and pray; for a little from God is better than a great deal from man.”
Formulating Lesson Plans
After you choose a curriculum, study it thoroughly. Work through every question and discussion point. Write down the major themes of the study so you’ll be able to direct each discussion toward learning the key lessons. Research the Scriptures to fully understand their contexts, and take plenty of notes along the way.
For each part of the study, write an outline of the points you want to cover, and come up with questions to inspire discussion. While you can’t anticipate every question group members will ask, try to see the study from their points of view. How might a young mother, or a widow, or a career woman interpret the lesson differently?
Next, decide on the format for your study. What percentage of time will be spent in discussion? Will you rely on a video for the majority of the lesson or will you lecture from the material? Your answers to these questions will depend on your audience, your personality, and your material. Consult with your women’s leader or pastor if you need help making these decisions.
Most importantly, spend time praying and fasting. The inspiration and help of the Holy Spirit will make all the difference in your preparation. He is the one who inspired the Scriptures in the first place and He is the best resource for understanding them.
How would you explain a specific need and propose a corresponding Bible study to your pastor? To your church congregation?
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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