Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
A PI Girl recently asked how can she start a Bible study with her friends and asked if she needs an adult or youth pastor present. Click here to read the full post.
First off, that is amazing you want to study God’s Word more! I am so impressed and very proud of you that you want to initiate that with your friends. How precious you are—what a wonderful young lady you are. Also, it is very bold of you to be the leader in your group and to want to organize this.
The truth is, starting a Bible study is simple. God gave His Word for everyone and truthfully there’s no formula. When you seek God, He will be found, and when two or more are gathered, there He is in the midst (Matthew 18:20).
Now, regarding preaching, there is an order to church, and yes, there are instructions in the Bible pertaining to sound doctrine and also leadership coverings, but to seek God out and learn about Him HONORS our King.
…ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
There are some things you need to consider. First, you may want to do a specific Bible study or Bible plan or topic each week. Next, make sure to schedule an appropriate time for the study and stick to it. Ask your friends to bring snacks and juice/water. And make sure you pray and cover your group with opening and closing praise and prayer requests.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20)
So here are the tips for starting a Bible study group with friends:
- Pick a designated time/place: Stick with the weekly time and schedule. Being consistent will increase the chances of people coming regularly. Pick a reasonable time—not too early or too late. Have fun and enjoy the fellowship!
- Pick a Bible study topic: Each week, go through a study, topic and plan for your group. Be organized and prepare your heart weekly before you start the study.
- Speak to your youth leader/mentor and invite them to help lead: You can start a study, but it’s also wise to bring a mentor and/or someone spiritually more mature than you (Proverbs 15:22).
- Bring snacks/appetizers: Food makes get-togethers better, right? Water, juice, hummus, veggies or other healthy snacks can add to your home group study. Everyone can bring a small snack or rotate once a week.
- Cover your study in prayer: Make sure to open the Bible study with prayer, thanksgiving and praise, and at the end, have prayer requests. Also, make sure to pray for protection, as there will be warfare when you want to study God’s Word; there can be some distraction and roadblocks to prevent you all from fellowshipping. When we help one another, we sharpen one another in the spiritual realm, and we need to put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6). Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and to help you (James 1:5).
PI Girls, do you attend a Bible study at church and/or a youth group? Do you want to start your own study at your home or a friend’s home?