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Abide Together: How to Lead a Bible Study

Abide Together: How to Lead a Bible Study

Leading a Bible study can sound intimidating, nerve-wracking and maybe even a little awkward. But it doesn't have to be! Here's the deal: Just because you're leading, doesn't mean you need to have all the answers, sound holy, or speak in big words – if you can pray, stay somewhat organized, and ask questions, you can lead a Bible study. A Bible study is about studying scripture and learning more about God, it's not about making the leader look good (or awkward). 

By stepping out in faith to coordinate a study, you'll bless many women as you grow together in your knowledge and love of God. In our final post of the #abidetogether series on the #risenmotherhoodblog, we'll walk you through a few simple ways to lead your Bible study like keeping an eye on the time, understanding the personalities in your group, and constantly pointing one another to the gospel.


 

Abide Together: How To Navigate Small Group Discussions

Abide Together: How To Navigate Small Group Discussions

The best conversations with a friend leave you feeling encouraged, refreshed, and maybe with an empty coffee cup or two. While it may take a bit of effort, your Bible study discussions can feel like one of your memorable conversations with a close friend. By focusing on God's word through authenticity and humble sharing, we can be challenged, spurred on, and find fellowship with other women.

So how do you navigate good discussion in your Bible study? In today's installment of the Abide Together series on the Risen Motherhood Blog, we'll walk you through how to love your group members well and maximize your discussion.⠀

 

Abide Together : How to Gather A Group for Bible Study

Abide Together : How to Gather A Group for Bible Study

Today’s post is part of a six week series on how to start and facilitate a women’s Bible study group. We’ll cover the basics like what and why, as well as the more difficult parts, like who and how. Our hope is to encourage you to study God’s word with fellow believers, equipping you with practical how-tos for starting a study in your local church or community. If you’re just joining us, you can start at the beginning of the series here

Abide Together: How Do I Choose a Study?

Abide Together: How Do I Choose a Study?

One of the first questions women have when starting a Bible study is, "What should we study?" And with so many different types and style of studies in the market today, it can be difficult to choose. While it can be easy to want to find something that sounds easy or keeps everyone comfortable, the best studies balance the gospel message with challenges at many levels of biblical knowledge, without being bland or discouragingly difficult.

So how do you find this kind of study?

That's what we're sharing today on the blog, we'll walk you through how to find theologically-sound resources, meet the needs of your various group members, find the right format, and ultimately discern the best materials for your specific Bible study. 

Abide Together: What Exactly is a Bible Study?

Abide Together: What Exactly is a Bible Study?

We’ve never had more resources available to us than we do right now. There are books, online articles, printed magazines, podcasts, videos, and music coming at us from every direction. As a woman eager to learn more about God’s word, it can be exhilarating to have easy access to so many teachers and influencers.

 

These resources can be extremely helpful and can encourage a busy mom when her hands are full of little children and dirty dishes. It’s a joy to turn on a favorite podcast, or sneak in a quick devotional reading in the school pick-up line. Our modern age of information provides lots of great opportunities for spiritual growth and reflection. But however nice and helpful the resources may be, they aren’t the same as studying the Bible itself. We still need first-hand knowledge of the eternal word of God so we can know him more fully and be sustained as we serve him in this world. Without even realizing it, we often just “take people’s word for it” when it comes to understanding God's nature, character and plans. But if we don't know what he actually says, how can we be sure that the podcasts, online sermons, devotional books, and Christian books we consume are actually giving us truth?

These questions and concerns are why we need to prioritize Bible study and learn God’s word for ourselves...

Moms, We are Not Alone

Moms, We are Not Alone

“Is your husband out of town this week?” she asked.

“Yes. All week. Is yours?” I responded. She nodded.

“Want to come over for dinner?” I asked.

Motherhood is hard enough on a good day. What with the constant multi-tasking, unexpected illnesses, endless pile of laundry, the refereeing of squabbles, teaching the same lessons over and over again, all while trying to keep up with the daily responsibilities and duties of life.

It’s even harder when you feel all alone.

When my kids were young, I had a couple of friends whose husbands also traveled for work or often worked late at night. Having these friends was a lifesaver, literally, because at the time, I was in the midst of post-partum depression aftershocks. We took turns making dinner for ourselves and all our kids. Sometimes we met at a park and then took the kids to their favorite taco place. And when the weeks were especially long, we got together multiple times.

Not only did we keep each other company during those years, but we also encouraged one another in the gospel. We reminded each other of what was true. We prayed with and for each other. We walked with one another through life’s trials and challenges.

How To Find A Mentor In Motherhood

How To Find A Mentor In Motherhood

So many of us entered motherhood feeling totally unequipped for the task, both emotionally and practically. Whether it was questions about how to soothe a gassy infant or questions about how to keep going on days with 3 hours of sleep, the need for helpers arrives swiftly at the doorstep. With all of these insecurities, and a real need for guidance, we quickly can find ourselves needing a mentor.

While that sounds good in theory, is it realistic to find a mentor in motherhood? And even if you find someone, how do you approach them and what should your expectations be? Here are 3 quick thoughts I have on engaging a mentor: