I am often asked by women who email me, “Which study do you recommend for me to begin doing?” or “Which study do you recommend for my group to do?” While I have my favorite studies, it’s not about me, is it? It’s about what the Lord is leading you to do. Right?
So, the questions you need to consider when choosing a Bible study to do for yourself or for your group are these:
Are you new to the Bible? Start with Graceful Beginnings.
Whether or not you have been a Christian for a while, is the whole thought of reading and studying the Bible something new in your life? Start with something designed especially for anyone who is new to the Bible. Basic lessons with simple questions and applications. My Graceful Beginnings Series of Bible study books are designed especially for anyone who is new to the Bible. Let these questions direct you:
√ Are you a new Christian? I recommend that you start with A Fresh Start. This will give you confidence that you are heading in the right direction. The rest of the series can be done in any order.
√ Do you want to get to know Jesus better? Work through Painting the Portrait of Jesus which is based on the book of John.
√ Do you want to know more about the character of God? Work through The God You Can Know and learn to trust God as your loving Father.
√ Do you deal with a lot of fear in your life? Work through The Walk from Fear to Faith to help you learn to trust God with your fears.
√ Do you feel lost understanding how a lot of the New Testament fits together? Grace Overflowing will give you an overview of all of Paul’s letters in the New Testament and how each teaches something special about Jesus.
Are you fairly experienced at doing Bible studies? Look at Joyful Walk Bible Studies.
Ask yourself what would be the best focus for you in your life right now or for your group. Then, consider what you have already studied and what might be the best thing to build onto that. Choose your Bible study based on these. For example:
√ Are you dealing with a lot of fears in your life, or do you need perseverance to face challenges with strong faith? Two Old Testament studies are particularly good for this. Everyday Women, Ever-Faithful God (Old Testament women) and Profiles of Perseverance (Old Testament men).
√ Have you been in church for a while but you still don’t understand all that Jesus did for you? Work through the Graceful Living study to learn the daily benefits of Jesus’ death and resurrection as well as your new identity in Christ, freeing you to live a new life with confidence and joy.
√ Would you like to get a good handle on God as creator and sustainer? I recommend The 7 C’s of a Firm Foundation which will take you through Genesis 1-11 thoroughly and includes competent scientific and historical information that supports what the Bible actually says.
√ Are you needing some joy in your life? Work through Knowing Jesus…Knowing Joy! and study Philippians.
√ Are you looking for adventure with a purpose? Work through Radical Acts (the book of Acts) or Live Out His Love (New Testament women) which will prepare you to share your faith with others around you.
√ Are you surrounded by false teaching and need to hang on firmly to truth? Work through Healthy Living (Colossians and Philemon), Adorn Yourself with Godliness (1 Timothy and Titus), or Perspective (1 & 2 Thessalonians).
√ Are you thinking about growing old and how to stay faithful to Jesus as you do so? To Be Found Faithful would be perfect for you.
If you are looking for studies of specific books of the Bible that my studies don’t cover yet, just ask me if I know of any I can recommend. I have a few sources of really good studies that I can check out and share the links with you.
I hope this has helped you decide which Bible study to do next. Remember that all of the Bible is God’s Word for you and to you so that you can know Him well and follow Him by faith.
Next time, I’ll share with you some suggestions on how to lead one of my Joyful Walk Bible Studies for your group—large or small.
If you’ve just start working through one of my studies, hooray! I hope you enjoy it and fall fresh in love with Jesus. Life cannot be any better than knowing Him! Welcome to the Joyful Walk community.
“Choosing and Leading a Bible Study for a Group” series
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