Planning an evangelistic Bible study

BibleEvangelistic Bible studies come in all shapes and sizes. I’ve done them from one on one all the way to a group of three believers and twenty-four lost persons. Smaller studies are probably with friends who already know you. But if you involve many folks, some of whom don’t know one another or the believers involved, here are some suggestions:

  • Pray, asking God for specific people to invite
    • Make a list of names
    • Pray consistently for the people on your list
    • Expect results
    • Pray over your team
  • Set a specific date and location
    • Give at least four weeks lead time
    • Avoid holidays
  • Send or speak effective invitations
    • Maybe have a coffee, potluck dinner, or lunch for people to meet
    • Invite your friends in writing to that event
    • At the event, let your friends know a future Bible study is the main intention.
    • For coffee, lunch or dinner, invite two times the number you can handle.
    • Follow up with a phone call two to three days before the meeting. You have not because you phone not.
    • Never worry about the number who come – Jesus speaks to all size groups
    • Expect cancellations from one half to two hours before the meeting — don’t be disappointed by these.
  • Tell them that for the first study you would like to do an overview of the Bible and how it fits together – just to give everyone greater comfort. Ask if that would satisfy them. If acceptable, plan to do so.
  • With group input, establish the date, time and place. With group input, determine what to do about children.
  • Send a written invitation before the study. Follow it up with a phone call two –to three days prior to the study.
  • The study should meet every week for at least 4 weeks, but let your context determine this. Take breaks for certain times of the year: Christmas and New Year, Spring break, summer vacation, etc.
Written by Rick Oglesby
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