The purpose of this guide is to equip you, the leader, with the tools needed to facilitate meaningful discussions and encourage spiritual growth among the participants.
Our Bible studies have the following sections:
- Historical Notes/Introduction
These short snippets of information related to the study help to understand certain cultural or historical aspects of the passage. Familiarize yourself with these, and consider sharing them with the group.
The lessons begin with all the Bible text associated with the discussion questions. After the biblical text, there are 15 questions to go through, each with a verse reference to help participants know where to find the answer. For example, when you see (1:1–2) at the end of a question, the answer is found in chapter one, verses one through two, etc. The last question, labeled “Think About It,” is a salvation-related question with associated Bible verses.
At the end of each lesson is a section we call Refresh — a summary takeaway of the entire lesson.
- Lesson Notes
There is one page for taking notes.
We have over 70 pages of resources included, ranging in topics from “Who Is Jesus Christ” to “How to Share the Gospel” to “Bible Reading Plans,” plus more than 230 definitions of key Christian terminology.
Ideas for Bible study flow:
- Prayer and Preparation
Before each lesson, set aside time to pray for God’s guidance and wisdom in leading the study. Familiarize yourself with the passages and questions, ensure you can respond to each confidently, and prepare any additional resources that may enhance the study experience.
- Opening Prayer
Begin the study with prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to guide the study and to open hearts to receive God’s Word.
- Lesson Questions
As you go through each lesson, encourage each person to share their answers and thoughts, but ensure no one dominates the discussion — including you, the leader. Discuss how the passages can speak to our lives today to help us be more like Jesus, living in obedience to God. Be prepared to gently steer the discussion back to the study questions if participants wander too far off-topic.
Have the Refresh section read aloud at the end of each lesson to serve as a final takeaway summary.
- Closing Prayer
As the leader, end the lesson with a quick closing prayer, thanking God for His Word and asking for continued understanding and growth.
- Final Group Prayer
After the closing prayer, ask for any prayer requests (consider writing them down on the Lesson Notes page), then have each person in the group pray out loud. If you have a large group, break off into smaller groups. A Bible study group is a safe place where everyone should encourage and support one another, cultivating the practice of praying out loud with others. Praying out loud in a group may be uncomfortable for some people at first, but encourage them to say, at the very least, “Thank You, Lord, for today.”
Planning for a Retreat?
- Our 4-lesson studies are perfect for weekend retreats, and if you would like tips, a sample schedule, or have questions about making your retreat as successful as possible — or have any other Bible study-related questions — please feel free to contact Erika McCown.