Hey y’all! Ginger here with a new Blooming in Christ post.
Today we are talking about blooming in Christ through studying with others.
There is really no better way to bloom in Christ than through studying his word, and it is amazing what you will learn when you study with others.
There are a few ways to study with other people.
Studying with others who have the same beliefs as you.
Studying with people who believe a different belief than you.
Studying with people who have no knowledge of God or the Bible.
As I began to write this I was going to split each category up, but then I realized they all 3 have so many similarities it would be hard to do that.
Whenever we sit down to have a bible study with someone, something wonderful happens. We open our bibles to discuss God and his love with someone. What better thing to discuss with someone is there than that?
Normally, if we are having a bible study there is a topic that has been pre-determined before hand and we have been studying that topic to be prepared to have a discussion.
There are so many great things that are taking place in this process. We are studying our bibles more and studying other resources, so we’re are learning new things that we may have never known, or reading verses that suddenly have a whole new meaning because of our studying and we may see something and understand something that we didn’t before.
I haven’t had many studies or talks with people who believed something different than me, but the occasions that I have…..that is when I learned the most. It was a challenge to have to be prepared to share with them why I believed what I believed, and not to just say”this is what I believe”, but to be able to back that up with scripture. It really helped ground me in my beliefs because I so thoroughly studied and discussed a certain topic.
When we study with others we learn so much about them and ourselves. We learn what their bible knowledge is, we learn about things that have happened to them in life that affect what they believe, we learn that sometimes we are not going to agree, we learn what we are good at discussing, we learn where we need to improve in our knowledge, we learn that sometimes we have too explain to someone that they need to forget everything they have been previously taught and just read what the bible says, we learn that sometimes we need to forget what we have been taught and read what the Bible says, and I think most importantly it helps us learn how to talk to people about the bible with love and caring.
So the challenge is to improve our blooming through studying Gods word with others.
You can start slow. Have a few friends over for a bible study. You can either pick the topic yourself or have one of the others pick the topic, then give yourselves plenty of time to research and study on that. Make notes and have everything ready to talk about. So here are somethings to prepare for:
·Who can you invite over for a bible study?
·What would you like to talk about?
·How often do you want too meet?
·Be sure to schedule your next meeting and to pick a new topic if you need to.
If you are going to be studying with a friend who doesn’t have the same beliefs as you: make sure that you have found all the verses on that topic, be prepared for the other person to not agree with you, make sure you speak to them calmly and with love, be prepared to stop and continue at another time if things seem to be turning into a debate instead of a discussion, make sure that you are not letting personal bias or opinion cloud your discussion, and be prepared to accept the fact that you may be the one who is wrong or needs to change your stance…..it’s not always the other person who is wrong. So how to prepare for the study:
° Think of someone to study with, one on one or as a group.
° Pick a topic.
° Research the topic, gather all the verses you can find on the topic, make sure your verses are in context….don’t just grab verses.
° Know where the other person stands on the topic.
° Be prepared to defend your stance, but make sure that your stance is backed by the Bible, not by opinion.
° Make sure that you listen to what the other person has to say, understand why they believe what they believe.
°Be prepared for the other person to not immediately change their view, it may take sometime for them to work through new information, it may take time for them to accept that the Bible says something other than what they have been raised our taught for so long.
° Do not let the discussion turn into a bash fest of the other person, do not let any frustrations you have of why they don’t see what you see push the person away.
° Remember what is really important.
-If you are studying things that are essential to their salvation, you do not want to argue with them and lose your chance to reach a soul for God.
-If you are studying something that is not essential to their salvation, you do not want to push them away. You just want to have a discussion with an open Bible, in which you and them can grow.
-You want to have more studies, don’t let things get heated and turn into an argument….that is not the goal.
° Remember how Jesus and His taught others.
If you are studying with someone who had little to no Bible knowledge you will need to have a different approach. We have to remember who we are studying with and what we are trying to teach them. To do this you will need to have a plan.
° Set up your study.
° Figure out how you want to do the study.
-Do you want to use a prepared study?
-If you are going to use a study that requires homework for the other person make sure you prepare them for that. Be sure to give them the “homework” with plenty of time for them to study and complete it.
° Start slow with them, this could be all new information to them.
° Be sure to teach the fundamentals of Jesus, I would approach it the way they did in the first century.
-Jesus is the son of God.
-He died for everyone, so they can have a home in heaven.
-The Bible tells us exactly what we need to do to have salvation.
°Show them in the Bible what they must do to be saved.
°Understand it may take a lot of studying and discussion, be patient.
° Remember that the gospel is for everyone, no matter how many bad mistakes they may have made…..you may need to help them to understand that to.
So here is my challenge that I hope you will join me in:
How can I start to study with others and bloom for Christ?
I guess there is nothing to do now, but to find someone to study with.
I hope this will help you to bloom in Christ!
Don’t forget to do something to make someone smile today, like share God with them!
Until next time,