All too often, our church members don't feel comfortable asking someone if they would like to have a Bible study. One of the main reasons for this, is because they are afraid they won't have all of the answers to all of the questions that the person may ask about the Bible. Many people today want to teach Bible studies to their friends and families, but oftentimes, don't know how to teach a Bible study,what teaching materials to use or lack the experience to feel confident enough to teach one.
One idea to overcome this, is to use the mid-week service to teach your church how to teach a Bible study. In most cases, the people that show up for the mid-week service are the core of the church. They are usually the more "spiritually mature" of your saints. Also, when teaching on how to teach a Bible study, let them know which Bible studies you recommend for them to teach. This will give them confidence to teach a Bible study and when they find one that they feel comfortable sharing with someone, they will be more apt and better prepared to teach.
You can use this outline to teach them how to teach a Bible study:
Psalm 119:89 "Forever O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven."
Psalm 119:161:162 "..but my heart standeth in awe of thy word….as one that findeth great spoil (treasure)"
Psalm 119:11 "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee."
· Establish at the beginning of the study the importance of the "whole" Bible.
1) 1 Tim. 3:16 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God…
2) The Word of God is true! From cover to cover!
A few things to remember when preparing for your study:
· Always bring two Bibles; one for you and one for your student. (Remember, this is a Bible study!)
· Be on time!
· Breath mints are good!
· Choose a Bible Study that teaches on one of these topics:
3) Church History
· After these studies, you should teach a longer Bible Study. (10 or 12 week course)
Here are a few examples of longer Bible Studies:
1) Search For Truth 2
2) The Way, the Truth, The Life
3) Exploring God's Word
Don't be intimidated by questions that you don't have an answer for.
Use these questions as a way to set up your next Bible Study. (Ex. I don't know the answer to that question, but tell you what, I'll do some research, maybe talk to Pastor, and when we meet for our next Bible study, I'll have the answer for you.)
· Pray before you start the study.
· If you can avoid it, try not to teach the opposite sex alone.
· Don't get caught up in debates.
You will hardly ever win anyone to Christ while debating. When I go fishing, if I "de-bait," I will never catch any fish! We are to be fishers of men!
· Teach with a loving and understanding heart.
· Frequently ask your student if they are ready to be baptized.
The whole goal for teaching Bible studies is to draw them closer to a relationship with Jesus!
· Know the basics of your Bible!
1) How many books (66)
2) Where certain books are found in the Bible.
3) Where frequently quoted scriptures are found. (Ex. John 3:16)
· Take turns reading during the Bible study.
This will get the student more involved in the Bible study and also get them acquainted with their Bible.
Be yourself and let God use you!