Leaders Are Well Prepared
Welcome to your online Guide for Bible Study Leaders! This is Lesson #1 entitled “Leaders Are Well Prepared.”
Rule #1 – Bible Study Leaders Are Well Prepared
In order to facilitate a Bible Study, you needn’t become a Bible expert. The following is a process you can use to prepare for a Bible study using a few valuable resources.
1) Purchase or check out a one-volume commentary on the whole Bible.
A one-volume commentary provides you with robust introductions and outlines for each book of the Bible. In addition, it provides a tremendous amount of insight into a Bible passage’s meanings and interpretations.
I recommend the following option for a one-volume commentary: New Bible Commentary.
2) Read the introduction to the book you are studying
Reading an introduction will give a feel for the historical context, flow, purpose and main themes that are covered in the book.
This one exercise will give you great insight as you begin studying the different parts of a particular book.
3) Now, sit down and read the book you are studying in its entirety.
Trust me on this. It is a beautifully satisfying exercise. Most of us read the Bible in chunks, a verse here or there. Reading the whole book will give you a very different perspective. (Indeed, it is likely that all of the epistles were read in one sitting at different church gatherings. Check out this quote from Paul’s letter to the Colossians:
“When this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea.” Col 4:16
If you are reading a long book, then read a complete section. For example, if you are reading Genesis and will by studying Abraham’s life, read Gen 12 – 25.
4) Next, read the specific text that you will be talking about for that week several times.
Ask yourself what ideas are being communicated.
5) Read the appropriate section for your passage in your one-volume commentary to get even more insights in the Scripture for that week.
A Word On Preparation
While this process may seem burdensome, don’t approach it that way. View this time as a way to deepen your understanding of God’s word and as a way for God to speak to you about your life situations.
Also, keep in mind that prepared Bible Study leaders make for good Bible study leaders. Spending a few hours each week will pay off handsomely in your confidence, your ability to facilitate a study and in the how deep people are able to go in their understanding of Scripture.
In all, it is a great privilege to be in this position. So spend a little time to make your Bible study the best it can be.