Getting a Home Bible Study
There are many different types of Bible Studies to fit the different needs of people and amount of time you have to reach them. Some of the Bible Studies are designed for one hour, two day or ten week studies. The names are Search for Truth, A Place for You, Walking in the Light, The Way More Perfectly, More to Life (Ladies), Understanding the End Time, Rightly Diving the Word, or Exploring God’s Word. All can be found at www.pentecostalpublishing.com .
Getting a Home Bible Study is easy as 1, 2, 3. First you must determine how much time you are willing to give towards winning this person to the Lord. Then you must find out how much time does your prospect have to give. Be flexible and you’ll get good results. Usually, they are checking you out as much as checking out the content of the study. Follow these steps for getting a Home Bible Study:
1. Find out what kind of church experience they’ve had in the past so that it can lead into a conversation about the Bible.
2. Sometimes talking about current events stirs much interest in what the Bible has to say.
3. Ask them if they ever studied the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.
4. Tell them about the beauty and simplicity of the Bible Study you have. Let them know it covers the Bible chronologically pointing out the highlights.
5. The best part, tell them, it’s free and that you’ll go to their home.
6. Get their name and address. Ask when is the best time to call to confirm date.
7. Give them a Bible Study tract or send them a brochure.
Note: If they say “no,” say, “That’s OK, but if you ever change your mind, I’ll be happy to give you one.”
How to Give a Home Bible study
1. Prayer & Fasting
2. Diligently search for a willing prospect-ASK
3. Obtain chart, manual, study sheets, good reference Bible
4. Go into their home
a. They are more comfortable there
b. You can leave at will
5. Be on Time-Always
6. Faithful-Don’t Miss a Lesson
7. Chart & Bible (preferably their Bible)
a. They MUST learn to read along with you
b. Emphasize the Bible (not the chart)
a. Distributed at end of each lesson
9. Dress Nicely (smell good)
10. Very Informal-relax-pray
11. Get into the kitchen (not the Living Room)
13. Plan to make friends with them
14. Ask for a small towel to set the chart on. Set on end of kitchen or dining table.
15. Establish Rule
a. Bible-sole authority-study it independently of all religions
16. Understand your objective-(to bring true salvation to them)
17. Plan to teach the lessons in their given order (as the Bible was written)
18. Keep your studies small (in number)
19. Plan one hour studies-45 minutes teaching (all questions written not asked) 15 minutes question & answer time
20. Complete the Course even if they receive the Holy Ghost.
21. Disciple the student-emphasize the WORD
22. Arrange time for the next lesson
23. Watch God transform their lives through you-entire families-man should get saved first
a. Lesson 5-Matthew Handout “Divisions of New Testament”
b. Lesson 6-Who is Jesus Christ? “Wheel of Prophecy”
c. Lesson 7-Water Baptism according to Bible and History
d. Lesson 8-The First Church (at beginning of lesson) Time Line
26. Getting Started NOW:
a. Direct Mailer
b. New Converts
c. Visitors to the services
d. Radio Spots
Home Bible Study Dos and Don’ts
1. Take a lot of love-Study & Pray
2. A couple should go together to teach a couple
3. A man should teach a man, etc.
4. The most dedicated Christians should be teaching (like begets like)
5. Take a miniature chart (if possible) let them write scriptures and notes on it
6. Always open and close with prayer
7. Be prepared
8. Be POSIITIVE
9. At beginning of each session ask a few questions about last week’s lesson-review
10. Recommend helpful books-creation, church history, biographies of great Christians
11. Try to continue the study until completion even if they disagree
12. Send a “Thank You” note at the end of the completed study
13. Follow Up-Make spot calls-Involve them in social life with you
1. Not more than two studies per week-Don’t neglect the people you teach
2. Don’t try to read all the scriptures in the lesson
3. Don’t take too long (45 min. is good) If not through, quit and take it up next week
4. Don’t make it heavy (in depth) Keep it simple, Use modern day applications. The object is to get them saved.
5. Don’t allow yourself to answer judgment questions
6. Don’t run down their church or organization
7. Don’t run down ANY church
8. Don’t poke fun at churches
9. Don’t push your church doctrine (present Bible truths and allow God to do the rest)
10. Don’t push your church attendance-relate exciting happenings
11. Don’t answer questions that will be answered in subsequent lessons…ruins the punch
12. Don’t argue-absolutely none
13. Don’t allow interruptive questions
14. Don’t be too authoritative (leave that to the ministry)
15. Don’t lose your temper
16. Don’t be sarcastic
17. Don’t teach baptism at the tabernacle study unless you are sure they are ready
18. Don’t be afraid to admit YOU DON’T KNOW-Tell them you will bring the answer back next week
19. Don’t carry the day’s trouble into your lesson
20. Don’t let your faith weaken when it looks like they are not responding
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
bringing his sheaves with him”
This article “Getting a Home Bible Study” by Juli Jasinski was excerpted from: Christian Soldiers Workshop. April 2011. It may be used for study & research purposes only.