If you are trying to find a way to get closer to God, joining a Bible study is one of the best ways to do this. During a Bible study, you will meet weekly with a group of people and you will discuss a book of the Bible, a certain topic, or a book related to the Bible. Attending a Bible study offers many benefits, including these three.
You will learn what the Bible means
The Bible can be one of the most confusing books you will ever read and it can be hard to understand its meaning. When you join a study, you will study a certain book or topic and this will open up your understanding as to what:
- This book or topic really means
- God expects of you
- Changes you need to make in your life to be more Christ-like
You will probably have to read certain passages each week before you meet, and you may also have to answer questions in a book.
You will make new friends
The second benefit of attending a Bible study is that you will make new friends. Bible studies are often for certain groups of people. If you are a woman you could join a women's group, but there are also groups for men, couples, and singles.
You will begin getting to know the people in your group and you may develop some close friendships because of this. Being part of a group can offer you support, love, and encouragement.
You will have people praying for you
The third benefit, and one of the most important ones, is that your group will be praying for you. Most Bible study groups begin or end the meetings with prayer. They will ask if anyone has prayer requests and you are free to share any requests you may have.
The leader may take the time to pray for all the requests that are presented but all of the group members will be encouraged to present these requests to God all week long. If you are a Christian, even if you are new to the faith, you probably already understand how powerful prayer can be. Having people praying for you can give you hope and it may even help you receive answers to your requests.
If you are interested in joining a Bible study class, contact a Baptist church in your area, such as New Gethsemane Baptist Church. They may offer several different options and this will be a great way for you to develop a closer relationship with God.