So, You're Going to Lead a Bible Study, Now What?!

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Let’s face it. As new or seasoned leaders, our faults and insecurities sometimes cast shadows of doubt on our confidence to lead well. We think to ourselves: Who am I to lead a Bible study? This amusing look at characters in the Bible illustrates that a godly leader just needs to start with a willing heart. 

Leading a Bible study is about what God will do through you as the group’s leader. In this first video, Jen Wilkin gives practical tips on preparing a Bible study lesson. 

Jen is a Bible study teacher and an advocate for women to love God with their minds through the faithful study of his Word. She is the author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with both Our Hearts and Our Minds. 

Do you have a Bible Study already scheduled or written? If not, browse the many series in your RightNow Media Bible Study Library.

What other leaders or resources can you go to for help as you prepare your Bible study lessons?
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Whether you write the Bible study lessons yourself or facilitate discussion from a video, Jen reminded us that the job of the teacher is to remain faithful to God's Word. You will lead your group through comprehension, interpretation, and application. And the first student is you! Consider your text. What does it say? What does it mean? What does it teach you about God and how does that change you?
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Being open allows your group to see that you’re all on the journey together. What truths or passages do you struggle with? What is difficult for you to understand?
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What insight from this video will you incorporate into your teaching?
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You've prayed over and prepared your lesson, now Jen will explain how to lead your group into a meaningful Bible study.

Jen explained that it is easy for women to gather and share. But getting your group to connect and on an authentic level has a lot to do with how you choose to open up. If you lead with a heart of authenticity, your group will feel the freedom to do the same. If you pretend like you don’t have struggles or sin issues, your group will never be vulnerable and spiritual growth will remain stagnant.

How will you "break the ice" with authenticity from your own life?
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Who are the women in your group? Who tends to shy away from discussion? Who tends to be an "over-talker"? Who needs attention? How will you meet them where they are?
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How do you tend to teach? 1= totally intellectual study of the Bible or 5=emotive story-telling and analogies? Is there anything that needs to change?

How much time have you allotted for initial gathering and sharing? How much time for prayer? How much time is for teaching and discussion? Is there anything that needs to change?
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Your gifts and strength comes from Christ and what He can do in and through you as you lead your group in faithful study of God's Word. 

If you want to read more about how to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart, you can find Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin here