My interest in Bible study began in college, when I was part of a women’s Bible study. Talking about Scripture with friends was so enjoyable; we grew in our understanding of the faith together and had fun times of fellowship as well.
Now, I am part of a monthly Bible study. We college friends—some married, some single—gather together for fellowship (lots of fun catching up), treats (usually muffins of one sort or another) and discussion of the faith amongst us girls.
Starting a Bible study is a great idea for any Catholic group, especially during Lent. Here are some tips for a good study:
1. Gather: Plan time to chat with your friends, and welcome kids into the study. We find little ones are a cute addition, even if they sometimes stop the conversation momentarily. No worries: You will always take something away from the study sessions.
2. Eat: A simple snack is always appreciated. Good food will draw a crowd!
3. Be simple: Don’t plan too much to get through. The Holy Spirit will take the time where it should be focused.
4. Find resources: Reading Scripture is important, but don’t limit yourself to the Bible alone. Commentaries like The Better Part are thought-provoking and simple ways to prompt discussion. We have also used Matthew Kelly’s The One Thing, biographies of St. Gianna (her quotes allowed good discussion) and A Jane Austen Devotional (which pairs novel excerpts with Scripture).
5. Have fun! Faith and fellowship is the perfect combination.
A Bible study is a also a simple way to incorporate the Year of Faith into your Catholic life.
Happy Bible studying!
Amy Smith is the associate editor for the National Catholic Register.