Hosting In-home Bible Study Part 1

Hosting an In-home Bible Study Part 1

I enjoy attending & teaching bible studies at my church. However, I enjoy Bible studies that are hosted in a private home even more. The tradition of sharing the Word of God goes back to the first church in Jerusalem, when Christians met in the homes of members. Meeting in homes allowed the group members to worship in a more intimate & relaxed environment, sharing prayer & fellowship in a place that welcomed everyone.

Today, there are many women seeking to draw closer to God that might never attend a Bible study at a church. There are a variety of reasons for this & I am not going to discuss them right now. 🙂 Let’s just accept the fact that an in-home Bible study might be more inviting to some of your friends, neighbors & family.

I know the thought of hosting an in-home Bible study may seem overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. First, you don’t have to do everything yourself. But, more of that later. for this post, I just want to share the ingredients that go into hosting your Bible study. follow this recipe & you are on your way to having “tasty” event each & every time!

Acts 2:42: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Just like the ingredients in a recipe, it is important to add each of these 5 ingredients to all your Bible studies. Whether it’s your regular study or an open house to introduce potential group members, be sure to add all 5 ingredients to prevent your event from falling flat!

Faith

Your gatherings are faith-based. Begin with prayer, share your lesson, have discussion. Your group lacks strength without faith.

Family

Always remember how important family is to your group members. Show ways the day’s lesson relates to the family.  Renewing women, recharging women, strengthening women helps improve the quality of their family life.

Fellowship

Your gatherings are also a time to share with one another. Discuss events in your lives. Ask about family members. Fellowship allows each of you to draw nearer to one another. Fellowship strengthens faith & make the discussion during Bible study more intimate & powerful.

Food

Everyone relaxes more when they share food. Eating together is another way to become closer as a group. Be sure to have refreshments when you get together.

Fun

What would your group be without fun? Short-lived, I imagine! Faith doesn’t have to be dull. Schedule fun during your gatherings & at other times during the month. Each of you needs to see your gatherings as CELEBRATIONS!

Everything is Service

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I was recently watching a John Wayne movie. We can discuss this another time! Back to the movie! At one point, John Wayne is talking to a young man, asking why he doesn’t ask Wayne’s daughter out. The other man feels unworthy since he works for her father. Wayne quickly points out that everyone works for somebody. He, Wayne, owns a huge ranch and a large herd of cattle & he works for the people that buy his cattle & eat the meat from the cattle. Everybody works for somebody!

The same can be said about service, well, something similar. Everything is service. We all serve somebody! When we talk about service in the church or civic organizations, others often think we mean literally serving others. In the church, women quietly groan, thinking they are being asked to serve coffee after church each Sunday or great guests at the next women’s event. Service does include these very important roles but it goes way beyond that.

Everything we do in the church & organization, even our jobs, serves someone else. Even if you have a job or position in an organization that is low level for lack of a better term, you have an obligation to serve those around you & to do it to the best of your ability. You must never, ever think that your role is unimportant. And, of course, I have a story to share to make my point.

Some people think our little toes are unimportant. Obviously, these people have never broken one of their little toes before. I have broken both of mine TWICE! First, it hurts really bad. It’s hard to think because it hurts so bad. Second, your little toes are important to your balance. When they are broken, your balance is thrown completely off! Every part of your body fulfills an important role. No matter how small that body part, no matter how minor the role is, it’s important! Period!

We all serve someone. We need to accept this fact & then focus on serving one another to the best of our ability & beyond!