Early on in my
ministry as a missionary in Peru, I became an
enthusiastic advocate of small group Bible study.
Whether in a home, on a college campus or in a church
building, the location is incidental to the unique
learning construct this type of study provides.
For example, the interactive nature of group study, encourages communication among
participants. This, in turn, provides encouragement, support and
the edification of one another through the exercise of
spiritual gifts. It emphasizes the practical
application of spiritual truths in a nurturing setting
and, in the process, promotes growth both in grace and
in knowledge of Christ.
purpose, intellectual understanding and practical
application, should be emphasized throughout the series
as a reminder that God's Will for us is not only
salvation, but continued growth toward spiritual maturity.
format of these studies is entirely up to the group,
these pages may be printed out and used as worksheets.
student is then expected to read the lesson carefully at
home, look up all references and answer all the
questions in preparation for the actual meeting.
When the group meets every week, the leader should go
over the material under study
and then resolve any unanswered questions. During
the discussion, all participants should be encouraged
to take part, engaging in the process as both learner and teacher.
method is based on
Ephesians 4:15-16 and will, hopefully, be retained as
the tacit premise of every gathering. Everyone in
the group is expected to contribute in some way, whether
it be through insightful comments about the lesson, by
extending support and encouragement to another member or
by sharing an example in which the truths learned in the
study were actually applied in a recent experience.
Always keep this dual purpose in mind: 1) these studies
are not just a means to factual information about the
Bible but are also 2) an
avenue through which all participants can exercise their
faith and knowledge by applying the truths learned in
By this time,
you may have noticed a fair amount of redundancy also
built into the narrative, done purposely to help the
newer students grasp concepts quicker when seen from
several perspectives. Here are the topoics we'll
be studying in this series: "Facts of Life."
1. Planned Parenthood
2. Wills and Won'ts
5. A Better
Pauper to Prince
Pediatrics; Plain and Simple
8. Growing Pains
9. Body Building
11. Sticking Together
12. Marks of Maturity
richly bless you as the Holy Spirit continues to teach
and mature us into the likeness of Christ, through
the study of His Word. If you
have any questions or comments about the study, feel
free to send them to:
This first series, "The Facts
of Life", reviews the factual events that take place in
the life of a new believer from the experience of being
"born again" through the early stages of spiritual
growth. Use the link below to begin......