If you have decided to start a bible study group and are not sure what exactly to study, don’t worry. There are plenty of topics, ideas, concepts and stories to learn from, even if they are something you’ve heard before. Here are some ideas to help you determine what you’d like to study when you form a new bible study group.
After you’ve gotten a few folks together who would like to participate in your bible study, ask them if there is anything they would like to learn about or discuss. You may find there is a common theme and find your answer right away. If you are fortunate enough to have a unanimous vote for a bible study topic, you can head out to your local Christian bookstore or check online retailers to find a bible study guide book and perhaps some workbooks or journals. The guide book will help you organize and run the actual study group on the night you meet and will guide you through the process of verses or books to read and ideas to discuss along with questions for group interaction. A workbook or journal is for each participant to take home and work on during the week before the next study meeting. Many include daily prayers and study verses to help make the topic of study more applicable to daily life and routines.
If you can’t think of a topic to study, go ahead and browse through a retail outlet to find some topics that are interesting to you. Make a list and present them to your friends who are participating in the study and let them vote on what they’d like to study. This can help narrow down your choices and you can make the final decision. Consider your budget and everyone else’s budget before purchasing a very expensive study that may include books, workbooks and video tapes.
Men and women may have differing interests on study topics. If you have an all male study group, you can study the characteristics of Christ or the nature of God the Father. An all women study group can discuss the virtues of a Proverbs 31 woman or bible heroines. Mixed gender groups can study any number of topics including bible history or forgiveness.
With the availability of the internet, you have a whole world of knowledge at your fingertips and this can be a helpful tool when planning your bible study. One idea for a study is to reread the foundational stories of the bible like Noah’s Ark, Daniel in the Lion’s Den and the Good Samaritan. While these may be stories reserved for children’s church, taking a fresh look at them as an adult can give you a new perspective of the story. Use the internet to research the historical facts of Biblical times. What did a lion’s den look like? Who came up with this idea? What is gopher wood and how big is a cubit anyway?
Above all, enjoy yourselves and ask God to open your eyes and give you wisdom as you study and research His word!