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One way to put the Great Commission into practice in your women’s ministry is to start a women’s home Bible study. A home setting can bring added warmth and openness to a small study group.The key elements of a successful home Bible study – prayer, teaching, fellowship, and the breaking of bread – are given in Acts 2:42-47. Here are some practical tips to get you started on a home Bible study that models the church in that Scripture passage:
Pray!As God places a burden on your heart for reaching women, pray about the possibility of a home Bible study.· Ask God to draw you to people who have the same desire, a vision to reach women for Christ and disciple them.· Pray for those God desires to be a part of this study although you might not know their names yet, He does (John 10:14).· Pray about all of the details concerning logistics (Philippians 4:6).· Pray that God would bring unity to the group and that they would love each other deeply (Philippians 2:1-2, 1 Peter 1:22).· Pray that each woman who attends would encounter Jesus in a personal way (John 20:18).
Consider asking a group of prayer warriors to pray specifically for this ministry and watch God bring together homes, leaders, and everything you need for starting home Bible studies (Ephesians 3:14-21, Philippians 4:19).
Work through teaching details.· Who will be taught? Determine who you’re trying to reach with a home study – neighbors, non-believers, friends, co-workers, moms and daughters, grandmothers, homebound women? In your women’s ministry, there are gifted persons that have a heart for particular ministries. As you pray, God will direct you to potential leaders (Romans 12:4-8).· What will be taught? Visit a local Christian bookstore to evaluate which Bible studies will best meet the needs of your target groups. Pray, consult other leaders, and choose the one that will best minister to potential participants (Acts 2:42, 1 Timothy 3:16, 4:2). Check out these Bible studies.· When and where will it be taught? Home Bible studies provide flexibility because they don’t have to be planned around a church calendar. Publicize the study to your target group, giving them the day, time, and location of the study. Decide on the best ways to spread the word to others (2 Thessalonians 3:1).
Nail down details of fellowship and the breaking of bread for your group.· Determine to have fun! Women need each other, so fellowship and the breaking of bread are important. Plan to have refreshments weekly or several times throughout the study to provide an opportunity for women to fellowship casually (Acts 2:46-47).· Determine what’s next. At the end of the study, decide if the group should continue. If so, begin another study. Don’t ever become exclusive – beware of becoming a long-term closed group, and be intentional in fostering new relationships (Hebrews 10:24-25).
Home Bible studies provide a wonderful opportunity to expand your women’s ministry. If your church hasn’t tried one, pray about it. If the Lord leads, give it a shot, and watch God do "above and beyond all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20).
Read more from past blogs: 9 Guidelines, Experiential Bible Study to Reach Young Women, & Long Standing Women’s Bible Studies.
I like that woven throughout the suggestions for starting a home Bible study is prayer. I often hear of Bible study groups starting up without this ingredient. Though the study of God’s Word will be a blessing in and of itself, think of the blessings that would come as a result of God’s anointing on the study. Great blog!
Absolutely. No ministry of women will be effective if not bathed in prayer. We work out of our own skills alone when we do. His power is what makes ministry life changing!
I thank lifeway for showing me the way for starting a home bible study. I have much desire for the word of GOD to go forth, for Women that have question about the bible, women that wont go to church bible study, women that need GODs word in their life and need to know how to get it into their hearts THE ONES that dont know the LORD but hunger for Him. As a child of GOD I am out to reach all the women that GOD draws to me and me to them, with much prayer to the Great I AM He will get me started,for what He want me to do in Jesus name.
We are thrilled this post was helpful! Blessings as you use your passion to touch others!
Felt God speak to me about starting a Bible study in my neighborhood and decided to do an online search to see what I could learn. So happy to find this site! I’ve been feeling isolated due to a divorce, church changes, yet I am an older woman who knows the Lord and believe I have a call on my life to reach younger women. I have felt beaten down, defeated, and very old! Pray for me that I will rise above my little earthly trials and step into the role that God has for me. I feel better just writing this!
So glad you found us!! God will use each of your experiences as you pour into other women, no doubt!
Led to start women’s Bible study in my neighborhoo. don’t know my neighbors. Not sure of their spritual maturity. Need help with Bible Study material suggestions for a group like this and ideas for flyer etc? thanks
I’d start with something like life lessons from women in the bible by Rhonda Kelley or frazzled female by cindi wood. Both are subjects most women at any spiritual level can relate to. Blessings as you reach out to your neighbors. Will respond to your email regarding flyers etc.
Thank you for the suggestions!
I will look for these when I go to Lifeway this week!
Thanks for the information.
So glad it was helpful!
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