The greatest times of spiritual growth in my life have been as a result of being vulnerable with a small group of believers who regularly got into the God's Word and took steps of faith together. And leading Bible studies causes me to desperately depend on the Lord and gives me an opportunity to see Him come through for me and bear eternal fruit in others peoples lives. On every level, small group Bible studies are just plain awesome. There are many good Bible studies out there but with so many Beth Moore studies (which are good!), many other good ones get overlooked. So here are eleven Bible Studies you should also know about.
11 Bible Studies you Should Know About
1. Bible Study Journals
After 20 years of leading Bible studies, this is my very very favorite way to go through Scripture with a group of people. You pick a book of the Bible (there are many journals to choose from here) you read a chapter out loud together each person reading a few verses and then spend the next 30 minutes or so answering the questions in the journal individually and silently. Then you come back together and go through the questions and give opportunity for everyone to share their answers to the questions. It is inspiring to see how the Lord spoke to everyone so differently from the same chapter!
2. Beholding Him Becoming Missional
If you'd like to go through a book of the Old Testament full of stories that relate to today with one eye on the text and God's character and another on how to apply it to our every day life this is a great choice for you. This is an intense, in-depth, Beth Moore type study. To lighten the workload you could do one day a week or a couple days per week. It is a 12 week study.
3. Discover God's Calling for Your Life
This is a study that will help you not only know God's purpose and calling for your life but also how to take the next steps toward living it out.
4. Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival
This is a study by Nancy Leigh DeMoss that will help you grow in your love for the Lord. It is a 12-week interactive study on personal revival. Get ready to experience the freedom and joy of an honest and humble heart, true repentance, God's amazing grace, genuine holiness, a clear conscience, radical forgiveness, sexual purity, and walking in the Spirit.Each week includes five days of individual study, questions for group discussion and interaction, testimonies of changed lives, and 'Making it Personal' questions and exercises.
5. A Devotional Journey through Judges
Judges is full of people with struggles and insecurities just like you and I. But not only can we relate to the people's stories in Judges but we can draw insightful and helpful principles that relate to us today and give us incredible glimpses of God's heart and character. It has been compared to a Old Testament mirror of the church today. We can learn a lot from seeing how the the Lord interacted and dealt with His people in a society much like ours. But not only is Judges a relate-able book for today, it's full of stories making it incredibly engaging.
This is a practical, insightful and relatable 250 page in depth devotional study with great personal stories. Each day is short enough to be able to read and have time to process the personal application questions. It can be used in conjunction with the discussion guide (at www.TheBookofJudges.com) or as a stand alone devotional.
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6. Who Is This Jesus?
If you have a new believer who doesn't know much about Jesus or someone seeking to learn more about Jesus, this is the perfect study!! It focuses on Jesus and how we can know He is the Son of God.
7. Sweeter Than Honey
How does God’s Word taste to you? Bitter, bland, or sweeter than honey? Our attitude and appetite for the Scriptures determines the degree to which we love Christ and look like him. "Sweeter Than Honey: Cultivating an Appetite for the Word of God" is a five-week discipleship guide offering first-time Bible students and their teachers a hands-on cooking lesson for feasting on the Scriptures. Each chapter offers women practical steps for self-feeding on God’s Word despite busy schedules or the lack of a biblical background. This book will encourage and equip you to nourish yourself on God’s Word each day and invite others to his lavish table. Read more about it and see her other great studies here.
8. Jonah; Navigating a Life Interrupted
This is a 7 session study by Priscilla Shirer that redefines interruption and helps you see that interruption is actually God's invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.
9. Discover Gods Character
This study by Bill Bright that pulls your gaze toward the Lord and helps you see Him as He truly is. He takes you attribute by attribute through many of God's characteristics as well as gives you ways to act on what you learn. Knowing God is and making Him known is really what all of life is about so this is a must do.
10. Chase; Chasing After the Heart of God
We’re all chasing after something, something that we think will make us happy—comfort, success, a bigger house, or someone’s approval. But if we are all honest, it feels like trying to catch the wind.A man after God’s own heart… As David’s life weaves throughout the pages of Scripture, we see he was a man who spent his life chasing after God. Chase explores the events that defined David’s life and the Psalms that flowed out of those experiences. Through David’s example we’ll discover what God really wants from us.
The lessons in this study guide are simple yet deep and very interactive, offering Bible study, stories, and projects to dig into Scripture and deeply engage the mind and heart. God has carved out a space in each of us that only He can fill. So whether you are running from God or working your tail off to please Him, David’s journey will challenge your view of God. God is invisible, and yet He is the only thing we can chase that won’t leave us feeling more empty. Designed for use with the Chase DVD-based study.
11. Focused 15
Hungry for more Bible study but not sure how to make it fit into the fast pace of life? Katie believes even the busiest of women can train her eye to discover the life-changing truths held in scripture, in only 15 minutes a day. Do you desire to learn how to study the Bible on your own, but are unsure of where to start? By taking manageable portions of Scripture over a week’s time, this simple yet effective Bible study method can teach you how to go as deep as you want into the Bible. Do you long for more than a devotional but don’t have the time for a long workbook study? FOCUSed15 Bible studies provide a proven balance of structure, self-guided study, and solid commentary. Currently there are three studies; Faith, Hope and Love and Peace will be released September 1st!
So now that you have eleven great studies to choose from, will you pray about starting a Bible study? You many feel inadequate but He is not. He is totally capable of equipping you with everything you need. Here is a little book that will help you along the way. And here is a great tool to add to the study of Scripture you choose to help you get to know the other people well and have an element of prayer and training. And feel free to email me with any questions you have. And perhaps there is a friend you can ask to lead it with you?
Are you afraid you can't do it? I totally think you can! If you are a believer, you have the very spirit of God in you, who created the universe and raised Jesus from the dead. Surely He can help you start and lead a Bible study. Will you pray about it? Why not take some time right now and ask God if He wants you to lead a study this fall.
The Lord is with you and will totally come through and do what He is so good at doing in changing hearts and lives through His Spirit and His Word. So let the pressure off yourself, all you need to do is take initiative in the power of the Holy Spirit and leave the results up to Him.
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Laura, the founder of Missional Women is married and has six kids, two of whom are adopted. Laura and her husband have been missionaries to college students for 14 years serving with Master Plan Ministries where she is the Women's Development Coordinator. Laura has authored 5 books, including an award winning 12 week Bible Study on First Samuel, Beholding Him, Becoming Missional, Reach; How to Use Your Social Media Influence for the Glory of God, A Devotional Journey through Judges, and Discover God's Calling for Your Life. Most recently her resource for Bible studies, The Connect Cards was released by Cru Press. You can find her on facebook, twitter, pinterest, youtube, instagram, periscope, blab and her author site.
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