Hosting a bible study in your home or at your church is a great way to get to know others who attend your church while studying a particular theme or book in the bible. If this is something you have wanted to do, go ahead and grab a few friends and plan a home bible study!
If you canít meet in your home, ask if anyone else would like to host your bible study. If this isnít possible, see if thereís a room available at your church building during the time youíd like to meet. After youíve decided on a time and place, ask the participants if anyone would like to volunteer to bring a simple snack each week. Everyone can rotate and have at least one chance to bring some inexpensive and tasty munchies to the meeting!
A bible study can be used to get deeper into Godís word to understand more of what God wants us to learn. You can pick apart a book by studying, researching and considering each word, each sentence and each paragraph. Use tools like bible dictionaries and concordances to find meaning and history behind a particular concept.
Do it by the book: if you want to study a particular book of the bible, begin with a few basic facts. For example, who wrote the book? When was it written? Where was it written? What was taking place when the book was written? With the availability of the internet, you can easily do some research online to discover more about the history that goes with the time of the bible. While you canít rely on every website to provide accurate or correct data, many .edu or .gov sites are great resources for researching the history of a particular country or a major event that took place in ancient times.
Pick a theme: there are many themes that run through the bible from heroism to sacrifice, love and honor, salvation and prophecy. If your group is made up of only women, pick some themes in the bible that are relevant to todayís woman. Study Proverbs 31 and discuss how this applies to women today. Research and study the women mentioned in the bible and the difficulties of the times she lived in. Find the passages that are nearest and dearest to your hearts about Jesusí love for us and how treasured and valued we are. If you have a mixed group of male and female, study forgiveness or prayer or bible history. Pick a topic that is least controversial and do your best to stay on topic so meetings donít run late into the night. Gently redirect your group if you find a rabbit trail has taken you far from your original theme.
A bible study should last 4 6 weeks or longer depending on the subject you are studying. Check with your local Christian bookstore or your pastor for more ideas on topics to study or to find great study guides complete with workbooks for you and your group to work on!