How to Start a Bible Study in your neighborhood (it’s easier than you think)
How to Start a Bible Study
in your neighborhood
(it’s easier than you think)
Of course, a pastor’s wife would say it’s easy to start a Bible study in your neighborhood. You probably think I have done this all of my life -- Right? WRONG! Until a few years ago I had never considered starting a Bible study. So, when God stirred my spirit to start one with my neighbors, I tried to shake it saying, “God, if you want me to do this, show me clearly.”
A few months later, Randy and I hosted a potluck dinner for the neighborhood. Enter, Sandra, whom I had never met, but she knew who Randy and I were. The first words out of her mouth were, “Hi, Rozanne, it’s nice to meet you; I called your church to see if there were any Bible studies this summer, but they told me there weren’t.” Knowing that couldn’t be right, I suggested I check into it for her. Instead of simply leaving it at that, I hesitantly asked, “What would you think about starting a Bible study right here in our neighborhood?” Her eyes lit up and she said, “Oh, I have always dreamed of simply walking to a Bible study after I came home from a long day at work. I just hate getting back into the car and driving somewhere when I have been gone all day!” I smiled, and we agreed to chat the next day. I silently giggled to myself “Ok, God, that was clear enough!”
What if no one comes? Worse yet, what if they DO come?
After Sandra and I blanketed our 100-house neighborhood with invitations, fear began to grip me. “What if no one comes? Worse yet, what if they DO come? They know I’m a pastor’s wife -- will they expect me to have all the answers. I don’t!!!” But I pressed on with prayer, prayer and more prayer, never letting Sandra know how absolutely freaked out I was.
In the next few blogs, I would love to continue to share my story into Neighborhood Bible Study with you. I know that I am not the only one who is hesitant to lead something like this. If you are as well, please stay tuned and I will share how easy it can be, and how you too can start, lead, and enjoy one yourself.