This week I have read some great articles about Bible study such as We Have to do the Work by Kim Shay at Out of the Ordinary and The Precarious World of Women’s Bible Studies by Diane Bucknell from Theology for Girls. As a Bible teacher myself, this led me to consider what makes a good Bible study student. Here is what I like to see in my students:
Keep your commitment.
A woman may think as she takes the latest study book from me that their commitment to study is to me. That is not true. Your commitment is to the Lord. By taking that book you have shown a desire to want to know God’s word and ultimately Him better. The teacher is just one of the means through which that can take place.
Life happens. There will be valid reasons for not being able to attend but don’t let laziness and worldly things be an excuse. Let your teacher know what is going on before they have to come hunt you down. As some of my students know, I believe a faithful Bible teacher should hold them accountable to attending.
Do the work.
Bible study requires time and discipline. Yes, you will still learn something from just attending class but you won’t own it for yourself. God speaks to us through His word. We gain more understanding of His character through the study of His word. Dig and mine the riches of the Bible for yourself so that you are not dependent upon the words of another.
“I rejoice at Your word, like one who finds great spoil.” -Psalm 119:162
Participate in class.
Participation generally means you have done your homework. Blank questions produce blank stares. Don’t be afraid to share what you learned from His word for the week. Answer questions and ask them too.
“Iron sharpens iron, so one man (or woman) sharpens another.” -Proverbs 27:17
Pray for the class.
Teachers need your prayers. They are working hard themselves to accurately handle the word of truth. It is a huge responsibility. Pray also for your fellow class members. Pray they would be faithful to study. Pray for them whatever the context is of the study. Some classes share prayer requests with one another. Remember to pray for those concerns.
I care deeply for the women the Lord has placed in our Wednesday night study. I enjoy seeing them grow in the knowledge of the Lord and trusting Him more for the trials they face. As we study together, we are loving Him and each other more and more. As Paul prayed I too pray:
“…that you (we) will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…” -Colossians 1:10