Simple Keys to Getting More Home Bible Studies
Beginning a relationship with Christ is the most important thing a person can do, and you can help them. But how do you increase your witness for Christ and get more home Bible studies? These are 5 things you can start doing today.
1. Be Filled with the Spirit
It is important to be in a right relationship with God as you talk to others about how they can know God. So that means maintaining short accounts with God and others and confessing sin. Practice bring “prayed up” and prayed through.
2. Pray for Opportunities
While serving as missionaries overseas, two roommates started praying for a man who had attended church, but didn’t truly understand about Jesus. The two men prayed specifically that the Lord would wake this man up in the middle of the night and give him dreams about God.
A few weeks later, the man came to a meeting and said, “I woke up in the middle of the night and I had this picture I couldn’t get out of my mind.”
A staff member asked him, “What was it? Can you draw it for me?”
While the student drew the images, the staff member recognized the drawing and thought: “Did I ever show him the home Bible study booklet?”
But he hadn’t. So he pulled out the HBS booklet and began going through it with him.
A few weeks later, the student became a Christian.
3. Be Authentic
People don’t care about how much you know they want to know that you care for them. Don’t put on a front, but instead maintain a humble attitude. The Apostle Paul writes to the Christians in Philippi and expresses his care and concern for them: “For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:8).
4. Ask Questions
As you talk to others about Jesus, don’t do a stand-up monologue. Engage in a conversation, but at the same time, keep the focus on the message of the gospel. Jesus taught by asking questions. Phillip asked the Ethiopian eunuch if he understood what he was reading. Doug Pollack’s book, God Space offers a list of 99 wondering questions to choose from to help you can connect with others so you can talk to them about God. These conversations often lead to a home Bible study.
5. Ask People for a Response
At the conclusion of any home Bible study, ask them if they would like to be baptized and receive the Spirit.
Acts 2:37-38 says, “Now when the people heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'”
It’s really that simple. Just ask.
The above article, “Simple Keys to Getting More Home Bible Studies” is written by Ron Towermore. The article was used by permission of the author, Ron Towermore, Dallas, Texas. April 2012.
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