Bible Study for Small Group and Drill
The Bible is the Word of God (2 Tim 3:15-17; 2 Pet 1:20f; Jn 5:39)
It can help a person's sanctification (Jn 17:17; Eph 5:26; Jas 1:23; Heb
It provides food for the growth of the spiritual life (1 Pet 2:2;
Jer 15:16; Amos 8:11-13; Jn 6:63; 10:9f);
It is the standard of Christian faith (Isa 8:20; Acts 17:2; Deut
17:18-20; 1 Cor 10:11);
It is the weapon for spiritual warfare (Eph 6:17).
Since the ancient times, saints have used various wisdom to store the
Word of God in their hearts (Col 3:16):
Teaching children while they were still innocent, and asking them to
memorize and recite the Word of God (Deu 6:4-7; 2 Tim 3:15);
Letting the youth listen and ask questions (Lk 2:42, 46);
Till a person reaches adulthood so that the Word of God would never
depart from the mouth and the teachings of the Lord never leave the heart (Josh
1:8; Deu 6:4-7). In addition, he would live a life of hearing, believing,
doing, singing, preaching the Word of God (Ps 1:2; Josh 1:8; Rev 1:3; Jas
1:22f; Ezek 3:1; Tit 1:3).
There are many ways to receive the Word of God. Sometimes we attend
worship services, listening to the holy words (Isa 34:16; Neh 8:1-3; Lk 4:16).
Sometimes we study the Bible alone, receiving the revelation ourselves (Dan
12:14; Josh 1:8; Gal 1:12, 16). Small group Bible study possesses both of the
previous advantages (Lk 2:46). The Jews in Beroea accepted the Lord because of
the small group Bible study under Paul's leadership (Acts 17:10-12).
Small group Bible study is for
everyone to touch and feel the Word of God with their eyes, ears, mouth, hands,
and heart. It allows every participant of the small group to savor the
sweetness and power of God's Word. Through mutual encouragement from the
members of the small group, it can improve individual Bible reading, edify and
assist each other. Through the systematic progression of the small group, it
can help to overcome an individual's tendency of dropping out. When everyone is
participating in the small group Bible study, the members can reap the benefit
of collective thoughts from sharing the teachings each has received. God's
grace will be manifested ever more while everyone offers up "the five
loaves of bread and the two fish." As the group shares with one another,
relationships among the brethren will improve. Concerns toward the spiritual
and physical needs from the perspective of the Truth can be performed
simultaneously. This will allow the believers to grow more in unity and oneness
of hearts, the holy work will become more lively, and God will work with the
small group all the more.
Bible study for small group is
most stable, most lively, and most effective when it is established with Jesus
as the center. Therefore, prayers become the most important factor in forming
small group Bible study. Furthermore, because the leader for the small group
Bible study can determine its success or failure, he or she must rely upon the
guidance and encouragement from the Holy Spirit.
The most appropriate size of the
Bible study group members is around ten. After selecting a group leader, a
series of work will follow. For example: knowing the group members, target
study methods, content, speed, dates, and location according to the needs of
the group members. Every Bible study group has its own distinctive character
based on different members, time, and location.
of leading Bible Study for Small Group
Prayer is the most principle for a
leader. A leader's thorough preparation should come naturally after the prayer.
A reflection and organization of notes after the meeting can bring vitality to
the Bible study for the small group.
Theory is the stepping stone for
actual practice. The purpose of making oneself familiar of the methods is to
effectively carry out what one has learned. The following are some Bible study
methods and choices for the drill:
Study by the book or chapter of the Bible
Study by a topic or theme
Study by a character or an event
of becoming rigid and deteriorating
Every small Bible study group
starts with the determination that can change the world. However, with passing
of time, the study group often dwindles down to nothing. Therefore, a group
leader should be alert at all times, detecting any area that needs improvement.
Please review the following questions as reference:
Did the group leader prepare sufficiently before the Bible study?
Without preparation, a Bible
study can often turn into a meeting of chit-chat, gossips, guessing games, or
simply of boredom.
Is there anyone who especially like to show off?
If any of the members of the
small group enjoys making long speeches, especially out of the subject, then
Bible studies can become one's opportunities to show off one's opinions. Or, if
someone in the group prefers to bring up new and strange theories to impress
others, then Bible studies can turn to debate sessions or mind-twister
Is the mood of the Bible study "stiff"?
The group leader should
understand the level of each member, providing opportunities for each person to
speak accordingly. Thus, the small group can ultimately achieve a mutual trust
and encouragement so that everyone is able to share without hesitation.
Avoid formation of sects which can cause much confusion.
Group Bible Study Guidelines
The Importance of the Bible
The Bible is the word of God (II Tim 3:16; II Pet 1:20-21).
The bread of spiritual life (I Pet 2:2; Jer 15:16, Amos 8:11-13; Is
Guides the way to eternal life (Jn 5:39, 46; II Tim 3:15-16; Is 8:20).
Guidelines for our way of life (Ps 119:9, 15; I Cor 10:11; Jam 1:2-3;
The weapons of war (Eph 6:17; Rev 12:11; Rom 15:4; Gal 4:4,7,10).
Procedure of Reading the Bible
To understand the will of God, we
must read the Bible. Reading the Bible is the best way to study the words of
God. Believers should have the habit of reading the Bible daily, to absorb the
spiritual food, and to stimulate spiritual growth.
Set aside time to study the Bible everyday. We can also invite other
brothers and sisters or our family members to study the Bible with us.
Pray to the Lord before proceeding to read the Bible. Ask God for His
guidance and wisdom that we may understand His words. (Jn 16:13; I Cor 2:10).
Beginner of Bible reading can start by reading Matthew in the New
Testament. Start reading the Old Testament after completing the New
Testament. If we read three chapters daily, we can complete reading the Bible
in one year. Select special scriptures for further studies.
While reading the Bible, take note of the repetition of words or
phrases, events concerning God’s deeds, promises, and commands, the cause and
effect of sin, important characters, miracles and the teachings it brings.
Use high-liter to mark down the main points. Keep a journal of daily
reading, writing down a favorite verse or difficulties encountered while
reading. Share your opinion with other brothers and sisters. Inquire pastors
and other holy workers about questions concerning the Bible.
Purpose of Studying the Bible
To understand the words of God.
To understand the theme and views of the Bible.
To keep on the way of the truth.
Formation of Bible Study Groups
One can study the Bible individually, but can be easily distracted. If
we study in groups, we can obtain encouragement from others increasing its
Groups range from five to fifteen members, with ten members being ideal.
Set up time and a place for study for the convenience of the group
Elect a leader for the group to gather members and to appoint other
Content and style of the study may vary for each group, depending on
Guidelines for Group Leaders
Group leaders should arrive at the place of study early to prepare the
place and to pray in preparation.
Control the time accordingly. Studies lasting one hour are ideal.
Set up an agenda for study, an ideal agenda will consist of:
Hymn singing and prayer (approx. 10 min.).
Reading the scripture out loud, the host should state the main points
and explain the meaning (approx. 10 min.).
Discussion (approx. 30 min.).
Conclusion by the host; hymn singing, and prayer.
Before studying the Bible, read the scripture thoroughly and pray. The
host should be fully prepared.
The host should briefly introduce the topic to give sufficient time for
members to discuss the topic.
When the opinions of members are not in accordance with the Bible, it is
improper to rebuke them making the situation awkward. Instead, refer to the
Bible for correction.
The host should make a conclusion according to the opinions expressed in
the discussion, and include a teaching to be learned.
The host should monitor the discussion to make certain that the
discussion is in agreement with the topic.
After the discussion, examine the attendance, and the discussion.
Notice any flaws and make improvement.
Methods of Studying the Bible
Sectional Bible study.
Biblical character study.
Biblical events study.
The place of study should not be over-crowded. Seats should be arranged
for ease of discussion.
Interpret the Bible with the words of the Bible. Do not interpret the
Bible according to one’s own opinion.
Speak with humility and kindness. Do not speak to rebuke others.
Do not argue over the truth with one’s own opinion.
members to participate in the discussion but do not force them.