How to Start a Bible Study in your neighborhood (it’s easier than you think)

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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.