In the midst of all your spiritual preparation, remember to take care of the physical details of your meeting as well. Ask yourself these questions:
- Who will be invited to the Bible study?
- Will it be necessary to promote the Bible study?
- Where and when will we meet, and how long will each meeting last?
- How can we make the meeting place as inviting as possible?
- Will we allow time for refreshments and fellowship?
- Will we provide childcare?
After you’ve completed the necessary preparations, it’s time to have your first Bible study! In Part Two of this unit, you’ll learn how to put your plans into action and successfully conduct Bible study meetings.
What physical details do you think matter most in planning an effective Bible study?
If there’s one key to successfully leading a Bible study, it must be this: the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “When he, the Spirit of Truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13). As vital as it is, no amount of preparation or planning can make up for the absence of the Holy Spirit in your study.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words” (1 Corinthians 2:13). This is the goal of the Bible study leader: to prepare and plan to the best of her ability and then step back and let the Holy Spirit bring the Word to life. God’s Word truly is active and powerful, able to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart and bring about lasting change.
You can’t possibly know the deepest secrets and questions in people’s hearts, but God can use you to minister through the truth of Scripture. As Paul put it, we are “jars of clay” designed to hold the treasure of God’s glorious light (2 Corinthians 4:7). Any illumination that comes from our teaching really comes from Him.
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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