Whether it's the first Bible study time of the group leader or it seems that you've always been a shepherd for a small herd, these basics can help you build community awareness and encourage active participation in the next meeting.
1: Be Automatically
A great way to create a relaxed feeling in your Bible study is to break away from regular schedules. While you should always try to start and complete the Bible study at the time, encourage your group to share their insights and interpretations of the verse being studied and live discussion will follow.
Some Bible Study Groups have found that they have a meeting on weekends rather than before Sunday, creating a looser, more relaxed environment and sense of society. Snacks do not hurt either.
2: Be aware of language restrictions
Words change meaning in a very short time and English is faster than most. Many words in older Bible translations have changed their meaning since they were translated. Some words in the King James Bible now translate the opposite of what they did when their translation was made. For example, the word "let" sometimes means "denying or preventing" in the 1600s.
Add a small group of Bible studies with scripts and dictionaries in Hebrew and Greek that focus on the meaning of original words.
3: Do not Exclude Other Versions of the Bible
There are hundreds of different versions of the Christian Bible published today, from King James and New International Versions to a custom study guide aimed at different groups, from children or adolescents to alcoholics or business people. As a small group of Bible studies, you should be aware of the existence of this difference.
With the help of a small group guide, like Word Among Us Ministries, and studying original Hebrew and Greek meaning and comparing them with modern translations, you can help to get a Bible study to gain a better understanding of scripture.
4: Do not Get Too Far From Word
While study material and lessons can be helpful in understanding the meaning of the words in verse, it is important to use the scriptures to interpret the scripture. If you were to interpret ancient Babylonian text, you would not use the New York Times or Shakespeare as a reference guide.
Context is all. It's important to encourage your Bible study group to read not before, but read the verse in context with all paragraphs, chapters, books, and the Bible.
By following these few tips, you can make the Bible songs fun and informative to everyone.