How to Lead a “Graceful Beginnings” study

Melanie Newton

How to lead a "Graceful Beginnings" study. Check it out at melanienewton.com.

Okay, so you’ve decided that you are going to use a Graceful Beginnings book with one other person or with a group. You are all excited about it. You have either downloaded the study from my website, had it printed and bound, or you have ordered the printed copies (for about the same cost as doing it yourself). You’ve arranged a date to start meeting together. Then you think, “How do I lead the discussion when we get together?”

I can help you with that. ♥

Decide if you will work through the lessons together or on your own

The Graceful Beginnings lessons are designed for anyone new to the Bible. This means that you will probably want to work through the first book together with the other person or small group as an example of how to do a Bible study. If you are discipling a new Christian, start with A Fresh Start. The other books can be done in any order.

Here’s the plan for working through the lessons together.

Do each lesson together when you meet. Allow at least an hour.

√  Ask Jesus to teach you through this lesson.

√  Look up and read each Bible verse. That way you can make sure she knows how to find Bible verses to read and how to answer the question asked about that verse.

√  After every few questions, read the summary paragraph and discuss anything confusing or interesting.

√  Then, let her do the extra Bible reading and reflecting on her own before the next time you meet.

√  Talk about what she learned in her reading/reflecting before you work through the next lesson.

Here’s the plan for working through the lessons alone then meeting together to discuss:

Do each lesson on your own then meet together to discuss. The lessons should take an hour or less to cover. Graceful Beginnings studies are great options for a workplace lunchtime Bible study.

√  Look up and read each Bible verse. Read the question and let her answer it.

√  After every few questions, read the summary paragraph and discuss anything confusing or interesting.

√  For those books with associated videos, watch the video together (or read the teaching section) and discuss the “Reflect” question at the end.

There you go. Enjoy the blessings of discovering God’s Word together with someone who is new to the Bible and watching her experience a joyful walk with Jesus.

Next time, I’ll share with you reasons not to depend upon video-driven Bible studies.

“Choosing and Leading a Bible Study for a Group” series

1. How to choose a Bible study for yourself or for a group

2. How to lead a “Joyful Walk Bible Study”

3. How to lead a “Graceful Beginnings” study

4. Reasons Not to Depend upon Video-Driven Studies



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.

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