When you try and read the Bible, but can’t for the life of you remember your access details…
Imagine the situation: You’re hosting your church home group, and the person leading the Bible study doesn’t turn up. What do you do? You could ditch the bible study, have a quick chat and get on with your lives? (But no one ever seems to want to do that)
Or you could lead a bible study anyway? But what is your bible study going to be about? To help get you started here are our Emergency Housegroup Leaders Kit Of Ideas!
- You’re going to need an energy kick to get through this. All the cool kids seem to drink Monster…
- Bibles. Have lots and lots of Bibles! Hand them out. Get people to read a verse or twenty at random. Ask people what they think about said random verses.
- An impressive Bible book. Unlocking The Bible is one…
- Buy and bring a local business a present. Explain that you wanted to bring them a present to encourage them.
- Bible Through Lego! Use Lego characters to tell Biblical truths. Or something…
- Ask everyone to give an encouraging Bible verse to the person on the left. Give them all a chalk pen to take home with them to write the Bible verse on a mirror at home. (You can use the Encouraging Bible Verse Picker for help)
- Ask deep searching questions about these unfortunate Bible verses. (Examples of questions you can ask include “How do these verses speak into your life?”)
- Got some cushions? Get everyone to lay down, and “wait on God” / Pray / meditate / sleep / whatever…
- A video clip of someone talking about God. Saves you from having to do it…
- Just drag everyone down to the pub, and buy them all a pint.
Any other ideas you’d like to add?
Welcome to September! All around the country, Churches have homegroups starting up for a new term. All ready for a new Bible study series. But how can homegroup leaders make the bible studies more interesting?
Here are 10 challenges for Homegroup leaders in your church.
- Spend the entire evening speaking in a bad Russian accent.
- Serve mug loads of espresso, accidentally make people think it’s decaf.
- (If you’re hosting) Don’t tidy up before housegroup. Act like everyone is making a huge mess of your lovely place.
- This requires some planning in advance, but ensure any and all toys are arranged ready for a bible study.
- When planning, crowdsource questions for your bible study.
- Plan the bible study while using the The Message version of the Bible.
- Illustrate every question with a Simpsons video clip.
- Doing a session on Baptism? Throw water balloons at each other.
- Leading a session on Hebrews chapter 4? Lead the Bible Study naked.
- Lead a session on “Waiting on God”. Encourage everyone to lay down on the floor / relax on the sofa, while you play a relaxing CD. DO NOTHING ELSE IN THE EVENING!
Any more ideas?
Well its that time of year where Bible Study groups all around will start new Bible studies. But which Bible Study should be chosen? Ideally, a well organised Homegroup will know what they are doing before it’s too late, but we’re not here for the organised, we’re here for people who need help!
With that in mind, if you’re looking for inspiration about your next Bible Study, give this wheel a spin!
What results have you had?
Sometimes I’m late in finding something awesome on the internet. This list of 14 Ways To Handle A Christian Introvert is one of those times. Some of these are kinda spot on… :
1) In a small group or Bible study or cell meeting, do NOT make us talk.
Introverts are much more methodical and tend to process things. In a group discussion, our silence doesn’t mean we’re not listening. We’re just trying to fit the pieces together in our own head. We aim to be thoughtful and deliberate. Please be sensitive to our secret mind palace. We’ll talk when we dang well feel like it.
2) We just don’t sing like the front row.
It’s great that extroverts can freely express themselves during worship time. But introverts sometimes just read the lyrics, connect inwardly, and keep their hands inside the vehicle. If you see us raising even one hand and singing a few words, we are seriously pushing the gas pedal all the way to the floor.
3) Do not ever rebuke us in public.
Or you and I are done. Forever. You should never do this anyway.
4) Extroverts: be patient in conversation and don’t treat my every word like your personal victory.
Extroverts, it’s okay if you monopolize the conversation. We do like to listen. But please don’t treat us like your personal project with a precious pearl inside. And don’t try to squeeze out my life story as if you’re trying to save us. Earn trust by being a friend first. Unlike extroverts, we’re not good at being best friends on the first day.
5) Fellow introverts: find us quickly.
See me standing awkwardly on the side of the sanctuary watching everyone else have fun? Hurry up and find me so we can make amusing sarcastic comments about life and possibly grow a lifelong spiritual bond that these extroverts can’t understand.
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You know that weird bit in the Bible where Jesus says that thing about stones crying out, if his disciples were to stop worshipping?
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
Ever wondered what stones would sound like if they worshipped Jesus?
Would they sound something like this?