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.1