A few guidelines to help bible study leaders have an effective small group discussion.
A big part of the message was inspired from “THE BIBLE STUDY WING: Orientation Guide (NUPS-G KNUST)” with a few revision.
What you do outside the Bible study time affects your Bible study discussion ; and what you do during the Bible study time will affect your time outside the Bible study https://bible.org/article/bible-study-small-group-guidelines-and-priorities
PREPARING FOR A BIBLE STUDY DISCUSSION
- Go through the study for your own edification (CRUCIAL!!!!)
This is highly important.
The whole process starts with you. Spend time with your Bible and the Holy Spirit and discover for yourself the lessons God wants to teach you in particular.
You can only be an appropriate vessel to bring transformation to your group members if you have been first transformed by the study.
Your understanding and commitment in preparation leads to a great study which then goes a long way to inspire your group members to do same.
Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest.
The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God! — harvests a crop of weeds.
All he show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. (Gal 6:7-8 MSG)
- Go through the study with your group members(flock) in mind
This is where you consider the group you will be leading.
This step comes with considering the lessons you ought to share with them [not all that you discover during step 1 is for the edification of your group], some illustrations, examples, the list continues.
As you embark on this step, you ask and wait for the Holy Spirit to relay these examples to your heart.
Remember it is not about you and all the knowledge you possess but it is about God; and what he wants to relate to His children through you. It is about fellowship.
We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up but LOVE EDIFIES (1 Cor. 8:1)
Pray for yourself and the Group
These prayer topics can be considered:
- Understanding into the word of God-Ephesians 1:17-18
- Handling the Word-2 Timothy 2:15
- Utterance and boldness to speak the truth-Ephesians 6:19,Col 4:3
- Insight into the coordination of the group.
(Allow God to transform you through to this prayers)
Establish a cordial relationship with your group. There are many ways this can be achieved, by introducing yourself and asking how they are faring.
Build a gradual friendship by asking for names when one submits or asks a question.
Humbly admit you are also learning from them. This can be achieved by showing interest and listening when one is talking.
IT IS A DISCUSSION SO INVOLVE MEMBERS AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN!!!!
- Taking the introduction to the study
Give the general overview of the study.
Clearly outline the aim of the study.
Where the study has a linkage with a previous study, try to recap what the previous study covered and indicate the linkage.
Emphasize on the key points in the study.
If possible identify a verse or part of a verse that clearly brings out a major teaching in the passage for memorization by members.
Please note that these are just guidelines and not to be followed religiously but get the concept and let the Holy Spirit guide accordingly.
ABOVE ALL TRUST GOD!!!!