Have you ever been in a small group meeting in which no one really talks? Or maybe just one person does all the talking?
Ever felt more like you were doing dull and monotonous schoolwork rather than invigorating engagement with the life-changing Word of God?
Ever felt disappointed by shallow and tepid discussion when you really wanted to go deep and get real?
Ever wished your so-so Bible study experiences could be more meaningful, more engaging, and more connected with your real life?
Ever felt—let's be honest here—just plain … bored?
I confess: At times, I've been absolutely bored out of my mind during Bible study.
But I've also been part of Bible studies that were really amazing—life changing!
So what makes the difference between a dynamic Bible study experience … and one that bores people to death? What is it, exactly, that distinguishes an engaging small group meeting from one that leaves participants secretly waiting to escape the room?
Bored with Bible Study?
"The Word of God is alive and powerful" (Hebrews 4:12)! It's "inspired by God" and shows us the truth (2 Timothy 3:16)! It is the lamp to guide our feet and the light for our path (Psalm 119:105)! The Bible itself is never boring—it's the remedy our sin-sick souls desperately need. It's the refreshment we thirst for. It's the insight we long for. When Bible studies are boring, dull, flat, or lifeless, the problem is not with the Word of God—instead we need to evaluate how we're approaching it.
Can we open up Scripture with questions that truly invite meaningful discussion? Can we move our own agenda out of the way and better rely on the present Holy Spirit? Can we intentionally deepen relationships in our Bible study group so participants can be more authentic and real?
Yes, yes, and yes! Consider these principles to take your Bible study to the next level.
Embrace a Facilitator Mindset
If you're a Bible study leader, start by revamping your mindset: View your role as a facilitator rather than as a teacher. God is the teacher! God is the one speaking to, guiding, changing, and convicting participants—not you. Your job as a leader is merely to facilitate participants' learning from God.
Should you still share your thoughts and insights? Yes! But always do so with the goal of facilitating participants' connection with God through his Word. Before each meeting, pray something like this: God, this is your Word, your Truth. Help me to lead in a way that connects readers to you. Help me get out of the way.
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For Further StudyDownloadable resources to go deeper
- Carolyn Custis James: What It Means to Be a Woman in MinistryeBook Format Available! Author and speaker Carolyn Custis James offers leadership insights for women.