After leading more than 100 online Bible study groups, we asked our Bible Cafe™ community to share advice for beginners in Bible study. These women and volunteer Bible study leaders looked back at their own Bible study habits and created a list of their most common mistakes.
We discovered these Bible study mistakes happened in both online groups and local church study groups. When you join an online or virtual Bible study with us, our leaders will help you walk beyond the common mistakes and encourage your spiritual growth.
The 22 Common Mistakes
Quitting Before You Begin and Making Excuses Why You Can’t Start Your Study
Not Having a Scheduled Time For Bible Study and Making This a Last Priority
Feeling Inadequate and Assuming Everyone Else in Your Group Is Smarter
Adopting the Superhero Bible Girl Identity and Tempted By Too Many Choices
Boredom From Reading the Bible Daily
Brain Fog and Difficulty Keeping Focused
Expecting Others to Invest in You And Buy Your Study Books
Jesus saw brokenness, had compassion, and then ACTED on it. pic.twitter.com/B4daFvs0IB
— Amy Hale (@amyhale68) March 31, 2019
Showing Off Your Expertise with Unintentional Leadership
Not Inviting the Holy Spirit Into Your Study With Prayer
Being Self Focused Rather Than God-Focused
Spiritual Warfare and CHAOS
Isolating Self From Group Members and Being Disengaged
You were worth the life of Jesus. This is how very valuable you are to Him. Oh, girl, you may not feel that special, but who you are and how you feel are not the same thing. Trust God’s opinion of you. He sees you as incredibly, eternally valuable. pic.twitter.com/SF87EG4rcW
— Jennifer Rothschild (@jennrothschild) April 7, 2019
Not Applying What You Learn, Sharing and Encouraging Others
Having the “Perfect Martha” All or Nothing Approach of Perfectionism
Monopolizing The Bible Study Group Conversation
Losing Your Initial Enthusiasm
Sitting in Legalism About the “Right” Bible Translation Or Study Method
Not Having Conversations About Differences
— Anne Graham Lotz (@AGLotz) July 25, 2018
Exhaustion: Mental and Physical
Thinking We are “Good Girls” Just Because We Are Doing Bible Study
Not Asking For Encouragement And Accountability
Giving Up When We Get Behind
These are very common and my prayer is for you to find perseverance. Don’t allow these 22 things to cause doubt, disappointment, or discouragement. Draw closer to God.
Last month, many people from around the world visited Christine’s websites and social community. She shares exactly how she went from unworthy into a deep relationship with God here. Her calling into Christian ministry was not an easy path. Christine had to comeback from a place of shame and spiritual identity theft. Through personal Bible study God delivered her from the weight of her hardships. She now mentors women through transforming Bible studies. You can send Christine a message here.