46 Reasons to Join Online Bible Study

We asked our community “Why did you join online Bible study?’ This is the HEART of who we are as we study, connect, and grow together. We’ve celebrated births and Heaven bound lives. We’ve cried over hardships and rejoiced over blessings. We are the Bible Cafe™ come grab a seat and join us for online virtual Bible study groups.

Here are the reasons why women joined online studies at the Womens Bible Cafe™ and what keeps them coming back for each new study. We’ve been leading online studies for more than 10 years and completed at least 100 online Bible studies together.

“Time commitment works with my crazy work schedule. Good fellowship and encouragement.”

“I joined because I wanted more ways to study the Bible apart from just Sunday mornings. I stayed because of the interaction and friendships with other ladies.”

“Encouragement and a flexible study schedule.”

“To  be  in  community  with  other  believers.  To  learn about  the  Bible and strengthen my  relationship  with Jesus.”

“It’s like another family all over the world . Teaching you and encouraging you. Bible study becomes more then the study.”

“Interaction with like-minded believers and to grow in my relationship with my savior.”

“The truth! Whatever your reasonings are…tell them. Never know, it may encourage your friend to join one.”

“To learn about the Bible and grow and strengthen my relationship with Jesus. To be in community with other believers.”

“Because my church doesn’t have one.”

“Stay connected.”

“To deepen my faith in my Lord. To fellowship with other believers.”

“I joined because the online Bible study fits my schedule and has awesome leaders, fabulous discussions & fantastic new friends. And, it keeps me accountable on a daily study.”


“Because of the time convenience!  It works to have several days and times available to meet!  Additionally, there is still accountability with women from around the world!”

“Health issues were keeping me at home a lot and I wanted to be involved with a group that really wanted to dig deep into the Bible.  This has been an answer to pray and I have meet some really awesome women and leaders.”

“To fellowship with other ladies while I’m unable to get in a crowd because of autoimmune disease. Convenience of going any day of the week, though I did prefer my regular slot.”

“Because at the time I was unable to go to church physically and I was craving Bible Study and fellowship with Godly women.”

“I love digging in the word. I like the schedules and being able to study with other godly women.”

“To study the Bible, make new friends and grow in my relationship with Jesus.”

“Because I travel a lot, because there are so many options and times, because I don’t like leaving the house much for evening meetings because I’m a very early riser, because there seems to be more distribution of who participates, because it’s an hour. With travel most studies for me would be at least 90 min to 2 hours.”

“I wanted to get deeper in the Word. Online Bible studies provide me with focus on topics or specific  books of the Bible. I  also wanted accountability, which it is giving me. Little did I know that I would  also find awesome fellowship.”

“I love the interpretations of scripture by each member of the group.  It broadens my understanding of Gods word by sharing our views.”

“I am an introvert.”

“So I could learn more about the Bible with like minded sisters. In the comfort of my home due to being disabled it’s hard to get out of the house to go to any other type of study. And time values at times I can pick the day and time for my studies.”

“I joined to learn more of the Bible, become closer to my Lord and because in my rural community there are only bible studies while I am at work.”


“I’m  reading, learning, doing something I really enjoy in the Bible and it gives me a chance to do all that with others seeking the same things.”

“Its a great way of learning from the comfort of home and still have some interaction with others in the group.”

“It is not easy for me to go to a ladies Bible study. I have some health issues. Online Bible studies work for me and my situation. Flexibility is key.”

“I have definitely grown spiritually. I have met some wonderful Christian women. They have become my heart sisters! I thank God for this ministry and online Bible studies!”

“A community to study with, pray with, have community with, and you can do it at your leisure, especially when you’re traveling from home, can’t drive in the dark, health problems, it’s a great place to study with others.”

“Great way to  share and pray with others who love Christ. To share learn & reflect in the comfort of my home. It’s a blessing.”

“I want to draw closer to Christ. I want to learn all I can about my Father. The women are not afraid to speak their thoughts because of the distance. Great sisterhood and prayer warriors.”

“To become closer to Christ. And learn to spread the word of His teachings.”

“Because I can go in my pajamas! Seriously, because it meets at convenient times for me, I have grown in the Lord, and meet like minded people who encourage one another.”

“I joined because it was hard to attend to Bible study at church. Working contract jobs with different schedule. Then, often we get off the subject and I forget what was the discussion about and loose focus. I wanted to learn how to talk to God with the good and the bad. Learn how to listen for God’s voice to speak to me. I am here to learn. I have been in church all my life and growing up I missed how to pay attention and staying focused so I can learn in my own timing with the convenience at home. Everyone teaches differently. I had to find how I can understand without using words that I had to lookup in the dictionary because of the pronunciation. I am glad to be a part of this Bible study.”

“Because I was in a rural community and my church did not offer Bible studies. I found the Womens Bible Cafe and have been in continuous bible study for at least 6-7 years.”

“At the time I was very ill with a fibro flare and rarely left the house. I was drawn to a study I could do in my pj’s and stayed for study after study because I found a loving community of women who were committed to learning God’s Word and supporting each other in the journey.”


“I joined to be with a community of women looking and longing to grow with Jesus.  I love the accountability and the views from Scripture.  To support others in prayer brings joy to my heart.  This community is exactly where God wanted me when he wanted me there!”

Being part of an online Bible study has been effective in keeping me in the Word as I make every effort to complete the assignments each week. God has blessed me & taught me on this journey.”

Because there was not one in my church.”

“I need to be in the Word. Also the community of believers is a great support, whether I personally know you or not. Thanks for all you do.”

“For me it was because I didn’t belong to a church at the time but wanted the community and accountability for staying in the Word.  I am saddened that so many say their church does not have Bible studies!  I wonder if God might want those to step up and be willing to lead one?  It takes commitment and time to prepare for each lesson, but it would be worth it I think.”

“Because I love the fellowship and inspiration we get from each other.”

“To grow in faith with other women.”

“It allows me to grow deeper in my faith even though my schedule doesn’t work for an in person bible study.”

“Because of health issues and love to stay in the Word.”

“I needed a group of ladies to engage in the Bible with!  I found acceptance and growth in God!!”

Author Dr Saundra Dalton Smith Joins Womens Bible Cafe Online Community

 

 

 

My First Bible Study Group At Church

My first Bible study was called “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things” by Beth Moore, not exactly the most appealing title! However, it was the only study offered at my church and I wanted to grow in faith, so I enrolled in the study. And then I walked out.

Hesitant and turned off by the title, I arrived on the first day of the study, grabbed my workbook from the stack of books, and then turned around and headed out the door. I was too uncomfortable and felt out of place. Actually, I was insecure about my identity on Christ.

As I was leaving the church, my friend Lisa friend saw me and questioned me. When I told her about my lack of commitment and uncertainty about the book subject, she grabbed both my eyes with hers and gave me “the talk.”

The talk my friend gave me changed my life and placed me directly before God and my Bible. She has no idea…God simply used her through our relationship and the glory goes to Him, not to the friend. She was a distant friend- an acquaintance- which God used in a mighty way!

John C Maxwell once said “You never know when God will use you to be a miracle in someone else’s life.”

As I was pulling away from Bible study and away from God, my friend interrupted my path. She explained to me how Satan, the father of all lies, would do everything in his power to keep me from Bible study. She revealed to me that Satan did not want me to know Scripture, and more importantly, he did not want me to have an intimate relationship with God.

If I listen to the small voice in my head, making so many excuses for not going to the Bible study, then I was following Satan and not God. She encouraged me to listen to my heart.

With my heart I knew I wanted to be closer to God, know more of His word and study the Bible. So I made a U-turn in life, redirected my path, and walked into my first Bible study.

When I arrived to the classroom, a welcome group of women invited me in and started what appeared to be a routine Bible study session. Begin with prayer, open your Bibles… I was in DESPERATE trouble!

I did NOT have a Bible. I was at my first Bible study and did not think to bring a Bible. Actually, I did not own a Bible.


Lowering my head in shame, a kind woman noticed my discomfort and offered me the standard church Bible from a stack in the back of the room.

The church Bible had such tiny print, in red letters, I could hardly focus my eyes. I felt so lost…yet so loved…all at the same time. At the completion of my “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things” by Beth Moore Bible study, I learned two things:

  1. The Bible is not just a book with prayers and commandments to memorize, it’s a LIVING love letter from God.
  2. I could not learn this on my own and needed a Bible teacher- the Holy Spirit- to illuminate the Scriptures

Soon I was participating in more small group studies and found myself exploring workbooks by other authors such as Max Lucado, Jennifer Rothschild, Priscilla Shirer, Anne Graham Lotz, Kay Arthur, Nancy Lee DeMoss, Henry Blackaby and more.


I realize that although I enjoyed Beth Moore studies, I needed to explore other authors as well, or I could easily turn Beth Moore into an idol. Beth didn’t want me to read the Bible to draw closer to Beth; she wanted me to read the Bible for the Lord and to discover God in the pages of Scripture.

So I made a wise decision to balance my study books with various authors and formats. In my personal Bible study plan, I now alternate a short 6-week study with a long 10-week study and I find balance.

 

Making Your Small Group Work by Henry Cloud, John Townsend and Bill Donahue

22 Most Common Mistakes in Bible Study

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


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


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


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.

7 Easy Steps For Getting Started In Bible Study

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Get a book. We use study workbooks from numerous Bible teachers. Most books are available at Amazon, Lifeway and Christian books. Sometimes the book is available in Kindle format.

Select a small group. Our small groups meet seven days a week, morning and evening. Look for a small group that fits your schedule. Attend the same time each week if you want to fellowship and create friendships with Christian women online.

Read daily. We use study workbooks with daily reading assignments. Make God a priority and schedule time to meet with Him each day for study. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read the lessons. Finish your reading assignment before your small group meets, so that you are prepared to answer questions from the book.

Use a Bible. There are more than 150 Bible translations and it can be confusing to decide which one to use for your study. Select the translation you understand best, or use the same translation as your local church. Free sites such as BibleGateway.com and BlueLetterBible.org have excellent resources for study

Pray constantly. Pray for clarity and understanding as you study. Pray for your small group leaders and the women participating in your group each week. Praying keeps you accountable to your community and keeps you from being isolated.

Show up. Be a voice in the discussion groups and allow the Holy Spirit to move through your stories. Everyone adds value- from the new Believer to the longest.