Bible study groups can take on many angles, as there are many ways to interpret the Bible’s text, especially in a group setting. Before you dive into the deep end, make sure you have a plan in place that will help further the study. Once you have a focal point, you will be able to use these tips for creating your own Bible study group that helps you approach the text more mindfully.
Consider the Need for Clarity
There are several verses and stories within the Bible that may mystify readers and leave them guessing. If you are part of a Bible study group, it can be helpful to work together as a group to uncover exactly what is being said in these passages. Then, you can notate those points in your Bible and discuss them in depth with one another to determine the deeper meaning behind the words.
Apply the Readings to Your Life
Part of partaking in Bible study is understanding the outcome of what is going on in the text. Sometimes, the larger picture is easier to see than you might think, but this is not always the case. The Bible is a timeless book whose stories can be applied to people’s lives no matter who they are, where they’re from, or what period they live in. The book speaks to anyone who will take the time to read its passages, as everyone can relate to this text. It’s more than just a collection of scriptures. It’s the story of humanity unfolding.
Select Appropriate Areas of Study
You might have a specific chapter, verse, or even entire book in mind that you would like to review with your Bible study group. This is perfectly acceptable and is indeed the goal of most Bible studies. Your group can work together to study the specifics of the text so that everything doesn’t bleed together. Understanding the lessons and context of each passage is key to proper Biblical interpretation. You might even reference the verse-mapping method of Bible study when it comes to this style of the selected study.
Take Your Time With Difficult Passages
If you find yourself in the middle of difficult passages, don’t stress. It’s all a part of the process. Take a step back before becoming completely consumed by the text and think about all the context provided to the reader. Think about the time and place in which the passage is set and consider what people were facing at that time. This will give you a better perspective on what might have been the intended understanding of that particular Bible passage.
These are just a few methods and tips for creating your own Bible study group. Use them well, your study group will find the text to be even more beneficial.