3 Bible Study Options to Breakout of the Same Routine
If you’ve been leading a Bible study for a while, you may have discovered that using the same format can be challenging after a while. Over the past few blogs, I’ve shared various ways my team and I study the Word in the hopes of jump-starting your creativity with some tried-and-true methods. While there is no “right” or “wrong” way to lead a Bible study, the following options are great for switching things up or bringing a bit more structure to your team study:
Option one: A weekly verse-by-verse teaching on a book of the Bible
This is one of my personal favorites. I love seeing the Word transform people’s minds and hearts. I’ve gone through some Psalms, Zechariah, the Sermon on the Mount, and portions of Romans over the years, literally studying verse-by-verse. All have yielded amazing fruit as we’ve studied specific books together.
➖ Keeps your team focused on the same book of the Bible for a long season.
➖ You set the pace, even staying on one verse for the whole study.
➖ There is always freedom to deviate to other topics as the Lord leads.
➖ This approach applies a positive pressure to come prepared.
➖ Without a book, commentary, or another framework, it can be difficult to know how to get started.
Option two: Bible games
This might sound a bit strange, or reminiscent of Sunday school, but I promise, your team will love it if you come to the study with a fun game. I have asked a couple of people on my team over the years to prepare a game and it has been so fun. One guy made a whole Jeopardy game based on the topic we were studying.
➖ Breaking the group into teams gets a natural camaraderie and healthy competition going.
➖ Who doesn’t like a good game!?
➖ It takes a lot of time to prepare – but it’s worth it.
Option three: Take a Bible class together
This one is fun and can really bring unity if there is a high participation level. If your church has Bible studies or classes, invite your team to one with you for a season. Or find a class online or on DVD to watch together as a team. The challenge is that most teachings are 45-60 minutes, which doesn’t leave much time for discussion. However, there are specific small-group curriculums with shorter lecture time (10-15 minutes) and they often provide discussion questions.
➖ Attending a class or study in a new setting for a season forms a time of community that your team will rally around.
➖ You get to hear from a seasoned expert or someone with an outside perspective on a specific topic.
➖ Sometimes it is not possible for everyone to attend the same class due to schedule conflicts.
➖ Those who aren’t able to attend may feel left out during discussion time. This can turn into a “pro” if you ask different team members to fill them in on what was shared at class that week.
➖ Some types of classes have a fee, which can be an obstacle for some.
No matter what your chosen Bible study approach may be, it is a good rule of thumb to make note of meaningful conversations that come up in your studies and team interactions. Pay attention to what you hear and maybe take a Bible study time to talk about it. Examples include blessing those in authority (political or church authority), the struggle with envy, and how to steward disappointment. These types of topics come up fairly regularly, so be watching for them and make plans to discuss them more thoroughly during your next Bible study time. Having the flexibility to address topics that naturally arise among you will produce abundant life in the hearts of your team members.
Studying the Word together as a team is not only a great way to grow together as a group of worshippers, but it also will bring another level of richness to the times you worship together.
With so many ways to approach a Bible study, it’s all about what works for you and your team. Don’t be afraid to try different things and if something isn’t working, switch it up. I look to my team for feedback and take to heart their needs in each season.
I would love to hear different ways you have studied the Bible with your worship team. What has worked and what hasn’t? Share your thoughts below.
Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo of the Truman Reservoir. Check out more of his work here.