Bible Studies for Christian Small Groups
“What’s the key to inspirational bible studies for my group?” Variety – our role is to bring the whole counsel of God. A balanced, well-rounded presentation of truth is the best safeguard against heresy. Heresy is usually truth which becomes overemphasized. There are often strings on our harps we have never touched.
Doctrinal: e.g. Justification, the Person of Christ, the Second Coming of Christ
Book Study: e.g. Genesis, Job, 1 Corinthians, James
Character Study: e.g. the life of David, the Patriarchs, Peter, Paul
Expository Study: e.g. Psalm 139, the Sermon on the Mount, the Epistle to the Galatians
Topical Study: e.g. Forgiveness, bible studies on Marriage, Finances
Devotional: e.g. Worship, Prayer, Relationship with Jesus
Character Development: e.g. The fruit of the Spirit, the Beatitudes, Growing in Christ
Christian Service: e.g. Servanthood, Discovering our Gifts, Evangelism
The Godhead: e.g. the Names of God, the Life of Christ, the Work of the Spirit
Practical Learning: e.g. How to share our faith, How to read the Bible, Dealing with grief
Bible Study Styles
One way to ensure you have inspirational bible studies is to vary the style. Variety is the spice of life. There are some different styles:
The question/answer basis, This is usually suitable for younger Christians, as it saves them from the embarrassment of not knowing much on the subject you are studying.
Another style is to study a passage, then discuss it together, bringing out its applications.
Yet another approach is to do a full bible study for half the allotted time or so, then have four or five discussion-type questions for the remaining half of the time.
Another style is, at some stage in the study, to split the group into cells of three or four people and give each cell a question (preferably not all the same question). Give the cells twenty minutes or so to discuss and jot down a brief summary of their discussion, then re-form the whole group. Each cell shares with the group its question and their findings. Not only does this provide another means of approach, but inevitably shy and withdrawn people will share more openly with three or four than they would with 13 or 14.
Do’s and Don’ts
* Never lecture. Encourage discussion. One of the major characteristics of a Christian small group is that it must do what can’t be done in congregational meetings. With regard to the teaching this includes having the freedom to discuss the bible together in contrast to listening to one person preach from it.
* Be aware of shy people who like to ‘hide’. Draw them in, but don’t embarrass them.
* Don’t allow anyone to dominate the discussion.
* Don’t wander; keep on track. Avoid ‘red-herrings’ (distractions, diversions).
* Don’t let the study go for too long. Let them want to come back for more! If you finish late, people may be polite to you as the leader, but they won’t come back. Many have to get up early the next day for work, etc.
* Never bluff. If you don’t know an answer, say so. Tell the group that you will try to have an answer for the following week.
* Don’t argue. Truth is received by revelation, not argumentation.
* Don’t ride your own hobby horse.
* Never use the study to ‘get’ at someone. The Word is to build people up, not put them down.
* Keep it positive. Communicate hope and inspire faith in God.
* Don’t allow anyone to use the study to contradict the pastor’s teaching, to gossip about others, etc.
155 Bible Studies
GREAT NEWS FOR LEADERS OF CHRISTIAN SMALL GROUPS CONCERNING BIBLE STUDIES!
You won’t have to worry about preparing a bible study ever again! And yet, your people will go home spiritually fed, excited and eager to come back the following week!
Ken & Marianne Legg
Hi. My name is Ken Legg. I have been a pastor for 37 years, so I know all about the pressures of having to prepare bible studies for Christian small groups week after week after week. Many small groups leaders I know also work a full time job; so the hassle of having to find time each week to prepare quality bible studies is a burden they could quite happily do without. And yet they love the ministry of Christian small groups.
Imagine possessing a seemingly endless supply of printable bible studies of excellence which are easy to lead and left your people hungry for more! Well now you can!
When I published my first two books, Bible Studies & Guidelines For Home Groups and 90 More Bible Studies For Home Groups in book format they became bestsellers. Now, we have produced them in a computer printable format entitled, 155 Bible Studies For Small Groups That You Can Copy, making it even easier for pastors and Christian small groups leaders to use.
In fact, it’s as easy as ABC!
A. Select your study from a wide-range of 155 printable bible studies
B. Print off the number of studies needed for your group members
C. Spend 30-45 minutes prior to the meeting familiarizing yourself with the contents and making it your own
That’s it! It’s that simple!
This means that you don’t have to spend many hours developing a bible study for your group each week.
But it also means that, even though your input is only 30-45 minutes, you will be teaching a bible study of excellence.
There are 155 printable bible studies to choose from.
In each study you have sufficient material for a bible study, lasting approximately 45 minutes.
There are a variety of different styles, all with discussion-type questions.
Also, you have 16 different series of studies, ranging from 5 studies to 20 studies per series.
Here’s a brief description of just some of the studies:
Building Kingdom Relationships. There are 12 different studies in this series, which look at the importance of relationships in the body of Christ and in the family. Your group will examine the biblical way of relating, including our need for one another, how to maintain unity, the difference between diversity and division, learning to honor one another, how to walk in forgiveness, how to build each other with words, how to relate as husbands, wives, parents, children, etc.
Topical Studies. Here is a variety of studies, including learning how to handle the precious commodities of time and finances, how to live on top of the world, understanding death and growing towards Christian maturity, etc.
Overcoming Problems. Here your people will learn God’s wisdom in dealing with common, everyday problems such as offenses, discouragement, temptation, poor self-image, rejection and fear.
The Letter to the Hebrews. Take your group through this thirteen-part study of one of the richest and most exciting books in the New Testament “Hebrews – The Letter of the Better!”
Seven Pillars of the Faith. An eleven part series in which you can establish your people in seven major doctrines of the Christian faith – the Authority of the Scriptures, the Person of Christ, the Holy Trinity, Sin and Repentance, Salvation by Grace, The Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the Eternal State.
Spiritual Warfare. Every Christian is in a spiritual battle. It’s important to know your enemy – but more important to know your God so that you can be strong in Him. Your group will learn about the armour of God, intercession, prayer and praise.
Preparation for Evangelism. This is a six-part series which will inspire your people to reach out with the gospel. Included in this series is: the passion, pattern, practicalities, privilege and procedure of evangelism.
Sermon on the Mount. A twenty-part series based on the vital teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ found in Matthew 5-7, covering the beatitudes and life in the kingdom of God.
Minor Prophets, Major Prophets! Here is an opportunity for those in your group to be introduced to a lesser known part of the Bible – the prophets. Each study introduces one of the writing prophets, gives some background to their times and introduces their message.
And much, much more!
These are just some of the studies you’ll receive in 155 Bible Studies for Small Groups That You Can Copy!
To our knowledge, never before has such a varied and extensive range of printable bible studies been made available in easy format as this!
Thousands of churches and Christian small groups throughout Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and other countries have used these studies. Here’s what some of them had to say:
“As a Pastor I have enjoyed the Bible based studies and the feedback from home group participants has been very enthusiastic.” Pastor Red Butcher, Milwaukie, Oregon, United States
“We found the studies to be relevant & easy to teach & apply to our cell groups. Everything was set out well and therefore I just needed to quickly peruse it and then pray over it…” Pastor Henry
“I highly recommend Ken Legg’s bible studies as they are bible-based, very balanced, user friendly and take the user in a definite direction of Spirit-filled growth. They have been and will be a continual blessing to us.” Pastor Wayne Lyons. High Street Christian Centre, Queanbean, New South Wales, Australia.
“Our church has been using these resources for some time now and we have found them to be beneficial and a blessing both for new converts as well as for established Christians in our church. The material is biblical, practical, and easy to follow. I highly recommend it.” Pastor Rocky Giovinazzo, Senior Minister, Park Street Christian Church, Melbourne, Australia.
“We are really grateful and blessed from your book titled Bible Studies and Guidelines For Home Groups. We pray that more people will be able to benefit from this blessing as well. Thank you for this privilege.” Pastor Tony Ienco.
“The ‘90 More Bible Study Series’ has been a tremendous tool in growing and developing the people in our home groups. They have been easily understood by our new Christians and have helped our more mature Christians in a greater comprehension of God’s Word. Thank you Pastor Ken for an excellent series.” Pastor Peter Wynne, Port Douglas Christian Church, Queensland, Australia.
“We have used the material for bible studies and our care groups with great blessing. The topics have proven to be extremely relevant to our church. The spread of topics enables selection to augment preaching topics from the pulpit.” Pastor Charles Manley-Breen. Shepparton, Australia.
“These studies are clear and easy to grasp, and will bring real insight and fresh understanding of the Word of God to both reader and teacher.” Peter Morrow, New Life Center, Christchurch, New Zealand.
“Only about one fifth of the writings of the apostles are devoted to the plan of salvation. All the rest are instructions for man’s conduct of life – how he shall live. A conscientious home fellowship leader will be anxious to bring the whole counsel of God to bear upon the lives of people and, consequently, will be looking for good material. There never seems to be enough material which has been systematically and specifically designed for use by home fellowships and includes a question and discussion format. This manual helps to meet that need. I warmly recommend it.” Pastor Len Magee, Grace Christian Church, Gold Coast, Australia.
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The difference between congregation and cell – and how to benefit from both
The number 1 key to understanding small groups – miss this and you’ll miss the meaning and purpose of small groups.
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Why the terms “Christian” and “disciple” are not necessarily synonymous
What is a “personal contact limit” and what should we do when we reach it?
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It was while Martin Luther was doing some studies in Romans that he became enlightened concerning the true nature of salvation. This revelation led, eventually, to the Great Reformation and was to impact the Church forever.
The epistle to the Romans has been used more than any other book in the bible to give both a clear and comprehensive understanding of the doctrine of salvation. Martin Luther said, “This book is the chief book of the New Testament. It is the purest gospel. The more one spends in it, the more precious it becomes.”
Romans has profoundly impacted many others. For example:
*John Wesley’s view of salvation was distorted until he listened to someone reading the preface to Luther’s commentary on Romans. He said, “I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ and Christ alone.”
*Augustine, also, was converted by reading a few verses from this great epistle.
*John Bunyan, too, received much of his inspiration for Pilgrims Progress while reading the book of Romans in jail in Bedford, England.
*John Calvin said of this book, “Every Christian should feed upon it as the daily bread of his soul.”
Countless numbers of Christians can testify to the fact that their entire Christian experience has been transformed through this epistle.
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God’s Stewards consists of 10 bible studies on Christian stewardship. It first examines the nature of Christian Stewardship and then goes on to look at what the New Testament teaches about various aspects of our stewardship, such as:
*Responsible use of our finances
*Management of our time
*Use of our gifts
*Sharing the gospel
*Recognition of our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit
*Learning to live as a servant
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The Road Ahead
Imagine over the next four weeks you suddenly have a group of new Christians on your hands! They want to know:
*“What has happened to me?”
*“How can I grow in my relationship with God?”
*“How can I share what I have experienced with others?” etc.
Are you equipped to meet a situation like this?
When it comes to foundational studies for new believers The Road Ahead is increasingly becoming the choice for evangelical churches throughout Australia. More than 200 churches are now using this book with 20,000 copies currently in print.
Pastors are constantly informing us of the impact these studies are making on their new Christians. Some pastors are even taking their entire church through the course. For example:
“Just wanted to thank you for the The Road Ahead course. We were struggling to get 25% of our adult congregation to a mid-week home group. This term we launched off with The Road Ahead and asked everyone to commit just 10 weeks to a mid-week small group to complete The Road Ahead course. It has been an amazing success. We purchased 300 The Road Ahead books and gave one to everyone who attended the course. We now have 85% of our adults in a small group doing the course. Our number of small groups has risen from 12 to 45. And because of the increase we are raising up some great new leaders. Everyone is “raving” about how much they are enjoying the course. Obviously its great for new Christians, but the course is so well written, older Christians are also getting a lot out of it. Thanks again Ken. And I’m recommending The Road Ahead course, and the format we’re using to all my Pastor friends!!!” (Pastor Shaun Foster – Christian City Church, Coffs Harbour)
“We have found The Road Ahead to be extremely helpful for new believers and/or those who have questions regarding the basic tenents of Christianity. We highly recommend this study.” (Linda Johnson, Christian Life Ministries, Rapid City, South Dakota, United States)
The Road Ahead covers:
*Being Sure You Are Saved
*Who Am I?
*Made New On The Inside
*Sharing Your Faith
*The Holy Spirit
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