If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17
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These pages are designed to aid study or investigation for Christian discipleship through individual Bible study, Cell groups, Home groups, or meeting one to one. The questions could be used alone allowing each person to use their own Bible.
Occasionally there is a need to write one’s own material. Any material that is used should set out to serve a number of different needs. For instance it is good if the material will help people to engage with God. It is good if the material considers the spiritual maturity and knowledge of the users. Finally it is good to have some experience with those using the material in order to know what their strengths and weaknesses are in preparing.
The heart of creating your own study is that you are serving the group who will use it. The temptation is to show off your amazing insights into the Bible. The following questions are aimed at helping you to engage with God and the users of the material such that you are helped to serve.
These questions are to look at the audience. It is best to have a group member in mind while answering these questions.
Any study of the Bible can become academic. The key need we have in preparing a study is prayer to meet with God and to be vulnerable to Him. It is in this vulnerability that God is able to breath in life.
Groups have a particular ethos. In our age, most are concerned more with the mind than with the heart. It is good to occasionally shake things up and address the heart issues.
This is the sequence I would go through in developing a study.
Here is an example sequence to prepare a study for Psalm 1. It would be worth doing it, even if you will never use the study.
WRITING STUDY GUIDES