What Makes a Good Bible Study? The Answer May Not Be What You Think

by JoHannah Reardon. Christianity Today International. Accessed April 14, 2017.

“The point of a good Bible study is not just to impart knowledge, but to produce change.” Veteran teacher and writer, Reardon, challenges leaders to look for three primary characteristics when choosing a study resource. First, the resource should increase knowledge. It should be theologically sound but understandable, and feature solid scripture passages rather than proof texts. It will also acknowledge complexity and admit to uncertainty. Second, it will provide an engaging group experience. Participants want to interact with one another and come away with a sense of community. This is one of the best ways to build relationships within a faith community. Finally, the study will explore practical applications. “How does this affect my/our life today?” In this brief essay, Reardon has created a simple and practical guide for the beginning study leader and a helpful refresher for the more experienced.