I feel like a lot of people make Bible study very difficult and the task of a Bible study leader can be daunting. If you’re looking for a simple, reproducible format of engaging in Bible study, here’s a method I’ve used for a variety of people, for a variety of contexts, and for almost every single Bible passage.
I ask 4 simple questions for every single passage:
- Discuss the passage / What does the passage mean?
- What does this passage teach us about God?
- What does this passage teach us about ourselves?
- In light of that, what is God telling us to do about it?
Again you can use this for any passage in the Bible. I mean any.
Here’s why I like it:
It’s obedience centered, where Bible study is not just for knowledge’s sake, but we are expected to have a response from it. If you are planning to use this weekly, all you have to do is add a new first question: “What did God tell you to do last week and how did that go?”
Also, it’s very simple and anyone can do it. The secret is to the success of this method is believing and trusting that the Spirit of God will speak to people. The Bible study leader should have no pressure of producing original content or doing background studies, etc (although they are valuable). But the intention of this is to be simple and reproducible.
I hope this helps someone lead simple but powerful Bible studies with someone.