What an amazing privilege it is to start a Bible study and lead others in seeing and opening the truths of God’s word. If God is calling you to lead a Bible study, you will definitely need a lot of prayer and planning. You want to be as effective as you can at leading others into the Word of God. Bible study is a great way to not only grow in your knowledge of scripture but also to grow in Godly community and relationship with others.
You want to be committed to growing and helping others to grow spiritually. A great way to start is gathering a group of people who are passionate about the Word of God. When you have a passionate group, it will set the stage for great results. The following are great steps for preparing:
1. Personal Holiness.
The first and most important step in leading a Bible is personal holiness. This does not mean that you are “perfect”. It means that The Word of God is the guiding force in your life! A Godly leader is marked by Godly character. It’s important to be in consistent personal Bible study. We should desire holiness, not only for God’s glory and our good but for those we are leading. (2 Corinthians 7:1)
2. Seeking God’s Wisdom.
You want to know that it is the Spirit of God that is leading in your Bible study. Opening your meetings in prayer is a must. It’s important to be aware and attune to the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that will convict, direct, and touch the hearts of your group. You must be willing to always let His voice speak louder than yours. (Proverbs 16:1)
Planning is crucial. Spending time preparing will help you to be organized and effective at creating a healthy flowing environment. It’s good to have an outline of the way you want to conduct your time together. Plan out the times your group will meet and make sure it is consistent. Consistency also allows your members to also plan accordingly.
4. Establish Expectations.
It’s essential to make expectations clear in the beginning with your group. Share the goals of the study with your group and ask them to share their goals and expectations. This makes it easier for everyone in the group to understand the main desires of the collective group. Also, be sure to ask others what they would like to study. This will set the study on the right track!
5. Lead with Intention.
Although fellowship and conversation are important, an effective Bible study leader will make efforts to guard time to focus on the Word. People appreciate a Bible study that actually focuses on the Bible. Making sure that the study is always centered around Scripture fulfills the main purpose of helping others know and understand the Word of God better. Also, it’s essential to know your group and what specifically they are struggling with. The more aware you are, the more effective you will be able to lead with intention.
Goal: Make Disciples – Strive to raise up new Bible Study Leaders!
God has given me the privilege of starting my own Bible study with an amazing group of women. It has been challenging at times but so exciting to see others grow in the process. After wanting to lead a Bible study for so long, God opened the door when the time was right! I have watched God do amazing things through the study, and He continues to guide me in leading others into His Word. Now, most of the group are leading as well!