On Monday, I talked about Social Media and Our Friendships. I encouraged us all to take our friendships off-line. Starting or joining a women’s fall Bible study is a PERFECT way to do this! Here’s what I’ve learned about women’s studies.
For over 30 years, I’ve watched my mom lead Women’s In-depth Bible Studies. I followed in her footsteps 15 years ago and began leading women’s studies also. The studies I have led have always met on a weekly basis. We usually go for 10 weeks in the fall, 15 weeks in the winter/spring and 8 weeks in the summer.
As a child, I peeked through the railing of our stairs and watched the ladies come in streams through our front door. There was excitement in the air as the women ate snacks and laughed together. Some would come upstairs and visit my sisters and I to give us hugs goodnight – we loved that! Then in my footed pajamas along side my 2 sisters, we would freeze so my mom would not see us peeking, and there’d be a hush as my mom opened in prayer and then taught God’s word. It fascinated me as a child to watch all these women open God’s word. What a joyous night we had in our home once a week!
Since I’ve started blogging, I have not led a study but I have attended and hosted them in my home because I believe they are so vital to my walk with God and Christian friendships. This summer, I have had the joy of welcoming over 20 ladies into my home on Wednesday nights. To be honest, a group of 20 is a bit large. 12 is an ideal number for connecting – but when it comes to studying God’s word – I turn no one away!
Some essential elements to a thriving women’s Bible study group are:
1. A good leader – she must have integrity and be wise with her words. She must love God’s word and all the women and be praying daily for her group.
2. A good Bible study book – there are many good materials out there. My personal favorites are written by Kay Arthur, Beth Moore and Elizabeth George.
3. Consistency – the ladies must be committed to attending.
4. Prayer time together – sometimes ladies can share too much or too long. It’s important to give them time to share prayer requests and connect – but it’s equally important that it does not take so long that there’s no time left for Bible study discussion. It’s the leaders job to manage this time.
5. Confidentiality – the women need to keep in confidence all that is shared during Bible study time. No husband bashing…as I have personally watched a friend not be allowed to attend Bible study because other women were doing this and he feared his wife would do the same. Protect the marriages and ask private matters to be shared one-on-one.
6. Food and laughter – some cookies, coffee and fellowship time for 15 minutes at the beginning and again at the end can do a soul good.
The first time I ever led a women’s Bible study fresh out of college (It was a Beth Moore study), I was a bit nervous. But the joy I have found participating in Women’s Bible Study is uncomparable! I just love learning God’s word with other women!
Are you in a Bible study this fall? Tell me about it! What have you found to be an essential element to a thriving Bible study? And If God is laying on your heart the desire to lead or host a Bible study in your home or church, Go For It! Just watch God knock your socks off!!
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