“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

5.9 Finding Your First Bible Study

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15

I recommend enrolling in the next bible study class that starts at your church (assuming you have found one), regardless of what book they are currently studying. Take the very next one that is starting which fits your schedule. If you are at a smaller church and only one is offered, or there is only one available which fits your schedule, just take it – don’t worry about its book/topic/subject. Trust in the Lord to guide you to the right one. If one isn’t starting for a long time, it’s fine to join one that is already in progress. Just realize you won’t know very much at first, but that is perfectly fine and normal. Just getting started is the most important consideration!

If you can choose from among several different classes, I’d just pick the one that you think sounds the most interesting to you. The goal here is simply to get you into any bible study, so you are starting to learn and study God’s Word. Besides, you should have already started on your own bible reading plan at home, right? If women or men only classes are available, and the topic suits you, those are fine also. Single or mixed gender doesn’t really matter that much – what matters the most is that you just get started.

RELATED SCRIPTURE:

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” – Matthew 10:16

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers. – Psalm 1:1-3

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4

Where there is no guidance the people fall,
But in abundance of counselors there is victory. – Proverbs 11:14

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling [rightly dividing, interpreting] the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15

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