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The Swedish Bible Study Method

Two years ago a friend and I decided to lead a  and we decided we didn’t want to use any curriculum. Just us and our Bibles.  We chose 1 Peter and wanted something to help guide our discussion and add some consistency to our meetings.  We landed on the Swedish Bible Method, a series of Bible study questions I had learned about years. My co-leaders husband was already using it in his Bible study, and was really enjoying it and learning a lot.

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The Swedish Method is a simple way to focus on Scripture either alone or in a group.  The questions are appropriate for anyone at any stage in their faith.

At each meeting, we spent a few minutes catching up with each other.  Then, after prayer, one of us would read the passage we would be discussing aloud.  After that, we spent about 5-7 minutes in. complete. silence. We used this time to each personally reflect on the questions at hand, and record our answers.  I expected this to be an uncomfortable time, but it ended up being sooo relaxing and life giving.  After a hectic day it was sometimes the sweetest part of the evening, those 5 minutes.

We then began discussing our thoughts on the questions.  There are three main questions, each with a symbol.  Here they are from Matthias Media:

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These questions led to some really interesting conversations.  For more information, and for a template of the questions, head on over to The Swedish Method/Matthias Media

 

A Framework for Choosing Bible Studies for Your Church

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Planning for women in your church can be daunting.  So many people, so many options.  I have found it really helpful to start with a framework and then, after prayer, plug in appropriate studies.

The church I serve at can usually support several studies just for women, on top of our mentoring ministry and the parachurch that meets in our town.  In looking at what those studies we will offer should be, I try to include several types, which create my framework:

 

  • A foundational study.  This one teaches basic truths.  It can be joined anytime during the semester, and has little or no homework.  It is a great study for someone new to our church, or new to the faith.  I always want one study that is easy to jump into mid-stream for those who start attending church in the middle of a semester, and this is it.
  • A deep Bible study.  This is a more challenging class, with homework.  Often it is video based, a la Beth Moore. This class provides daily homework, which many women love. This one isn’t easy to jump into mid-semester. I prefer if this one actually walks through a book of the Bible.
  • A topical class.  This class is focused on a pertinent topic. I choose these based on what I am hearing a lot about from women in our class.  If a teacher mentions to me that several women in her class are struggling with depression, the next semester we may offer a class that focuses on that.  Other issues we have addressed are dealing with anxiety, suffering, self-discipline, discernment – you get the picture.  These are chosen based on what people are telling me they are seeing in our women, or what women are asking to have addressed.

 

What about you? How do you plan the studies you will offer? What are some of your favorite resources?

7 Lessons from Leading Women’s Bible Studies

23 years ago I was asked to lead my first .  Gulp.  I quickly agreed, and then went home and tried not to throw up!  I co-led with the pastor of the church and was at least 10 years younger than everyone else.  I knew I was out of my league but wanted to soak up and learn everything I could that year. And oh, I learned so much!

I came across this article by Elizabeth Spencer this week and can tell you I have experienced each point in it.  If you are looking to lead a Bible study this Fall, or  any type of group, give this a read!

7 Lessons from Leading Women’s Bible Study | The Unabashed Woman