Practical Pointers for Bible Discussion Groups

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Practical Pointers for Bible Discussion Groups

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A Bible discussion group is another key that can help us unlock the treasures of God’s word. Participating in a discussion or study group—whether through a parish, a prayer group, or a neighborhood—offers us the opportunity to grow not only in our love for God’s word but also in our love for one another. We don’t have to be trained Scripture scholars to benefit from discussing and studying the Bible together. Bible study groups provide environments in which we can worship and pray together and strengthen our relationships with other Christians. The following guidelines can help a group get started and run smoothly.

Getting Started

• Decide on a regular time and place to meet. Meeting on a regular basis allows the group to maintain continuity without losing momentum from the previous discussion.

• Set a time limit for each session. An hour and a half is a reasonable length of time in which to have a rewarding discussion on the material contained in each of the sessions in this guide. However, the group may find that a longer time is even more advantageous. If it is necessary to limit the meeting to an hour, select sections of the material that are of greatest interest to the group.

• Designate a moderator or facilitator to lead the discussions and keep the meetings on schedule. This person’s role is to help preserve good group dynamics by keeping the discussion on track. He or she…

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