Several of you have asked us for tips on how to start a Lies Young Women Believe Bible study. We think this is a great idea! In fact, we are praying that God will use you as truth speakers for your generation. We want to help you in any way we can.
First, let me tell you about some resources we are developing for this purpose. In October, we will release the Lies Young Women Believe companion guide. It will include 35 days of personal bible study, action steps for each chapter, scripture memorization and group discussion questions. I highly recommend it for any of you who would like to start a LYWB Bible study or want explore this material further. You can pre-order it now on amazon.com.
We realize that many of you plan to launch your Bible studies well before October (some of you even plan to start later this month!). So, we are working on having some additional resources ready for you ASAP. Within the next couple of weeks we hope to have invitations, posters and evites ready for those of you who need them. Stay tuned to the blog for more information on these resources.
We’ve already created a discussion guide, which includes a series of discussion questions for each of the chapters in Lies Young Women Believe. It is currently available for you to download for free right here on the site. Simply click on “get started” at the top of the liesyoungwomenbelieve.com homepage. On the left side of the screen you will see a list of resources including the discussion guide. You can download it as a PDF and print off as many copies as you need.
In addition to great resources, we want to equip you with as much information as possible to make your Bible study a success. Some of you may be wondering, “where should I have my Bible study,” or “who should I invite” or even “how am I going to teach what I’ve learned to others?” Some of you may feel convicted to start a group, but you don’t even know how to take the first step. Relax! If God has called you to move in this way, he will give you everything you need. We can help too. Here are our tips for how to get off to a great start.
If lives are changed as a result of this study it will be because the of power of God’s Truth and it will happen through the promptings of the Holy Spirit. It is so important that before you take action, you stop and pray. Ask for God’s guidance every step of the way. Specifically pray for wisdom as you lead others through the material found in the book.
Ask others to pray with you. There are likely many women in your church or youth group who would be able to help in this way. Seek to secure as much prayer cover as possible for yourself, other leaders, and the girls who will be attending the study.
2. Get some help.
If you are a young woman desiring to teach this information to your peers, recruit an adult to help. Talk to your youth pastor’s wife, your Sunday school teacher, your mom, or another adult woman you know and trust and ask if they can help in any way. They might be willing to open their home, provide snacks, or even co-teach.
Also, most of the issues presented in this book are very serious. You may uncover areas of sin and hurt in the lives of the girls who are participating that you are unprepared to deal with on your own. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from others. Your pastor and youth pastor are likely great resources. You can also check back here to get advice and support from others.
Note: If you ever sense that someone in your study is in danger of hurting themselves or others, get adult help immediately. Don’t hesitate.
3. Find a great location.
It is easier to open up in an environment that feels warm and inviting. And many times non-christians feel more comfortable in a home or coffee shop than they do in a church. Be intentional about finding the meeting place that is most conducive to conversation.
Consider providing snacks or a meal. Food can go a long way toward creating a homey atmosphere.
4. Send out invitations
Send out paper invitations to the girls you would like to have in attendance. Be sure to include the time, date, and place of the study. You can also send out an event invitation through MySpace or Facebook. Then, consider sending out weekly reminders through email or IM.
Encourage the girls who attend to invite their friends, even those friends aren’t yet Christians. If each girl who you invite, invites just one other person, your group will grow by leaps and bounds! This is a great way to get the word out to girls beyond your sphere of influence.
5. Consider the following outline.
In the companion guide, we divide the book into a 12-week study. We combined the first three chapters, the last three chapters, and added a week to wrap-up the study and consider next steps. We also gave each category of lies (such as lies about God, lies about Satan, lies about guys etc.) a week. If you are wondering how to break up the book in a Bible study format consider adopting this format. You can also go chapter by chapter. Since there are 15 chapters in the book, you would plan to meet for 15 weeks.
It is important that you don’t try to cover too much ground too quickly. Each chapter of this book is jam packed with truth. If you try to race through it, you might miss something important. Make plans to teach the material at a reasonable pace.
6. Feel free to throw out the schedule.
Even though we recommend planning out a schedule in advance, we also want you to have the freedom to abandon it at any point. There may be times when you need to veer from the outline and let the conversation take a different course. There may be occasions where you need to stop everything and simply love on a girl from your group who has opened up about some sin or hurt in her life. The impact of lies can be messy. Don’t feel obligated to keep your time together clean and neat.
7. Get a copy of Lies Young Women Believe for each girl.
Much of the information in this book needs to be processed at an individual level. Girls will need time to think through the information and process it on their own. If each girl has her own book, she can read through it and journal in between the times you meet.
8. Use this website as a resource.
So many of you are planning to launch Lies Young Women Believe Bible studies in your own communities. You will literally be sharing this experience with girls from across the country. What an amazing pool of insight! Tap into it. Hop on this blog any time you have a question or prayer need. Commit to pray for one each other and be a source of encouragement to other leaders and participants.
We can’t wait to hear what the Lord is going to do through you! We are thrilled that you have decided to be a truth speaker to your generation. Check the website frequently. We will be working to get resources available to you as soon as possible. Also, we’d love to hear how the power of Truth is impacting your community. Keep us updated on how your study is going. We’ll be praying for you!