As a pastor, coming up with Bible study topics comes as second nature to me. I have been doing it for years. I forget sometimes that just because I know how to do it, and because it comes as second nature to me, does not mean that everyone knows how to do it, or even knows which tools to use in order to make their own topical Bible study outlines.
So I decided to write an article teaching you how to come up with Bible study topics, rather than to keep doing it for you.
In this article I hope to show you how to make Bible discussion lessons for.....
I believe that every Christian is capable of making a topical Bible study and if they do so, God will give them the opportunity to use it in their church, Sunday school class, small group or home Bible study. Where God guides, He provides.
Before you rush out and decide what Bible study theme you need to research and do a Bible study about, it might be a good idea to get God's thoughts on it.
Many times what we think our group, or family needs is not what God thinks.
Start the process by opening up your heart and letting Him lead you by His Spirit. Whether or not you are doing the topical Bible study lesson for yourself, or if you are preparing one to present to a group, without prayer, and the guidance of the Lord all you will accomplish is head knowledge and not heart knowledge.
In our world of microwave dinners and instant access to information, we have both the temptation and culture that would cause you to think just finding a someone else's Bible study and parroting what they say is acceptable.
Honestly, it is not. This short circuits a very important process in doing a good topical Bible study.
The principle is this. "You cannot give out what you have not received in".
The work involved in putting together your own Bible study has the fruit of God revealing personally to you things that you are supposed to share, not someone else's experience.
When you do the work yourself, insight and knowledge is imparted to you.
Until you have these things given to you, you are doing nothing more than teaching head knowledge and it does not produce life.
Many people are not aware that there are some great tools out there to help them in choosing and researching their Bible study topics. That they do not have to rely on their memory or just the concordance in the back of their Bible.
I am going to give you some ideas on what tools to use. I have used all of these tools at one point or another in my life, and some will fit your personality and others won't.
That is okay.
I started out with the hard print tools that you can actually put on your bookshelves and they are great tools, but over the years I have progressed and became comfortable with all the modern tools as well that use your computer.
Don't just whip out your Bible study right away. Let it brew for a bit.
What I mean about that is let a day or 2 go by for you to think about it and for God to speak to you about the things you learned before you print it out or share it. Give it time to germinate and grow into a beautiful plant.
I have found that many times God will have me experience things or think of things that correlate with what I have been studying. So give it a couple of days before you put it all down on paper.
I always know 1 week in advance what I am going to speak on the following Sunday if not farther in advance. It gives me time to put together a really good topical Bible study rather than a Saturday night special.
Remember, God has to work His truth in you before He can use you to work it in others.
I hope this article has helped you to learn how to make you own Bible study and find interesting Bible study topics. I think you will find that you will love making your own topical Bible study outlines.
Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.
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