NOTES TO THE LEADER.
Before the meeting.
- Study the passage prayerfully until God has spoken to you through it.
- Go through the questions and study to learn what God may be saying to you personally and to the group. Consider which questions are important and which ones are to be left in case time is not enough. Three questions you will always answer in any bible study.
- These are questions of facts from the passage. What does the passage say?
- Interpretation: Questions of meaning and understanding of the facts.
- Questions of meaning or understanding of the facts. What does the passage mean to us today?
- Read the passage until you know it well
- Pray for the study and each individual in your group.
During the meeting.
- Have the members introduce themselves on the first meeting.
- Pray before you start the meeting
- Create free and cheerful environment where each member feels free to share and open up.
- Have the passage read out aloud by one or more members.
- Make a brief introduction to the study
- Be flexible and rephrase the questions if need be for the members but keep the discussion centered on the passage. Stick to your bible as authority.
- Look at the people as they speak
- Do not be too quick to cut some off or to disagree with them
- Be time conscious and ensure that you cover the whole study adequately and have time to pray and share
Note: Remember your attitude as a leader makes a difference; so be enthusiastic, expectant to learn from your members, realistic, honest, patient and loving to the group members.
HOW TO LEAD A BIBLE STUDY
- Know the group members
- If possible each member should have a bible
- Get everybody participating and avoid preaching
- Keep to the passage
- Draw in the shy ones and restrain the domineering politely
- Do not be centered on the paper
- Be courteous, complement truthfully
- Humor is necessary but it should not take people off the topic
- Be firm where necessary