3 Practical Tips for Leading a Great Bible Study
Maybe you have been thrown into the position of leadership, or perhaps your dream of starting a Bible study has come true. Today I want to break down some helpful tips on how to lead a great Bible study. These are purely based on my experiences of either things that others did that I loved, or things that I chose to do when facilitating that worked well. We are always growing and learning, so feel free to share your idea and thoughts on what has gone well for you.
People need to hear what that Word of God says. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” This verse does not say some of Scripture, it says all of Scripture. We need to uphold and recognize that the Bible it perfect and from God Himself. Even if we cannot comprehend one of His teachings, we need to surrender our pride and actively study what He means. We need to be authentic in our Bible study groups to seek out the truth of Scripture together, and learn with one another.
Leading a Bible study is a great privilege and honor. When we invite others to join in learning and growing in the truth of the love of Christ, we bring them on the journey of increasing in the knowledge of God and becoming more confident in our personal relationships with Him. Whether you are new to leadership or facilitating, never be afraid to ask for help or seek out resources. There is so much access that we have today that the disciples of Jesus did not have back in their time. If you are feeling inadequate, I encourage you to look at all of the different unexpected people in the Bible whom the Lord used to fulfill His purposes. When you say yes to God, He will do the rest. All you need to do is pray, seek His Word, and show up.
Remember as a teacher, you are called to a higher standard. James 3:1 says, "Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” It is significant that we take these callings seriously and we ask God for strength against the attacks from the enemy. As leaders, we are the examples to those who learn under us and with us. May we remember to be humble servants and glorifiers of Jesus alone.
As you look towards creative ways to study Scripture and meet as groups, look to God for help. Try out encouraging prayer partners in your lessons, know your audience as you make plans, and share the truth of the Bible in love. A good leader is a good follower. May we follow Jesus whole-heartedly and point others to Him.
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Emma Danzey’s mission in life stems from Ephesians 3:20-21, inspiring young women to embrace the extraordinary. One of her greatest joys is to journey with the Lord in His Scriptures. She is wife to Drew for over two years and mom to baby Graham. Drew and Emma serve with Upstate CRU college ministry in South Carolina. Emma is an avid writer for Salem Web Network and provides articles on the Bible, life questions, and on the Christian lifestyle. Her article on Interracial Marriage was the number 1 viewed article on Crosswalk for the year 2021. All the glory to the Lord! She had the joy of hosting Her Many Hats podcast where she explored the many roles that women play while serving One God. Most recently, Emma has released her first Bible Study Book, Wildflower: Blooming Through Singleness.
Emma enjoys singing/songwriting, fitness classes, trying new recipes, home makeover shows, and drinking tea! During her ministry career, Emma recorded two worship EP albums, founded and led Polished Conference Ministries, ran the Refined Magazine, and served in music education for early childhood. Emma also had the privilege of having been a national spokesperson for Mukti Mission based out of India. Mukti has been working to restore shattered lives in India for over 120 years. You can view her articles through her blog at emmadanzey.wordpress.com