It’s there isn’t it?  The dream that just won’t go away.  The one that is tucked away in your heart.  The one that is exciting and scary all at the same time.  The dream to lead.  The dream to bring others closer to Jesus.

Sweet friend, I see you. You feel called to lead. But scared of the unknown.  You’re scared that maybe you’ve heard God wrong or you’re not qualified enough to do what He’s asked you to do.  I see your desire to point others to The Word and the Truth.  It’s strong, but fear has you chained and hesitant.  I know you probably have a million thoughts running through your head right now and the enemy is so very crafty with his lies.  (John 10:10)

Do any of these sound familiar?

I’m not good enough.  I don’t have enough knowledge. I’m not comfortable speaking in front of others.  What if I invite people and they don’t come?

I know the lies and the questions because I’ve heard the same ones.  I dreamed of having a small group of women come together for one common purpose: for women to discover a deeper relationship with God through His word.

So maybe you’re reading this today and you’ve felt those tugs on your heart from The Lord to begin a Bible study.  Or maybe you are already a part of one, but you sense God is asking you to step up and lead.  Let me encourage you, don’t be afraid to step out in faith and try.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the years in leading Bible study, people truly need a place to bring their mess, their questions and also, their deepest places of hurt or uncertainty; and Bible study provides a great outlet for that.  It’s meeting people where they are at.  Its relationships.  Additionally, It’s opening up the floor to study and fall in love with God.

Bible study is such a wonderful ministry, especially for women because we often like to hide our struggles.  We always want to appear like we have it all together.  So, we show up on Sunday’s and smile at people and say we are fine and everyone is doing well, but that’s not reality for most of us.

There is community in sharing our struggles with one another. 

Friendship  sometimes flourishes in the deep dark places where no one goes.  Jesus shared between women who just let their guards down in front of each other.

It is beautiful watching women come together in The Word.  There is such beauty in the sisterhood of Christ. 

 

“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

Matthew 18:20 (NLT)

 

If you’re worried about getting a large group together, let me ease your mind.  You don’t have to get a large crowd together to have Bible study.  Actually, I’ve found that having a smaller group creates more of an intimate atmosphere.  An environment in which women tend open up more and share and ask questions.

You can get people together in a home, a church, a coffee shop, a kids play group, wherever you have a captive audience.  I’ve led Bible studies in our church fellowship hall, in homes, online, and even in a restaurant. That is the beautiful thing about God. He is in the midst of us wherever we gather if our goal is to worship Him and glorify Him.

I know that stepping out in faith and leading might be scary for you.  Friend, don’t be afraid to step into leadership.  But don’t be afraid to lead others. 

Leadership comes with its set of challenges, but often the reward far outweighs the cost. It involves you stepping outside of your comfort zone, and doing something you never thought you could do.

You must let your desire and passion for pointing others to God’s word overtake the lies from the enemy that you aren’t qualified.  

This is one of his greatest defenses to us.  God puts a calling on our lives and the enemy swoops in to tell you just how unqualified you are to do it. Don’t believe his lies.  Focus on the task God has assigned you.

If you don’t know where to start, begin by observing a need within your church or community.  Because my church didn’t have an official “women’s Bible study” I wanted to create a place where women could come with their questions and dreams and ideas and fall in love with Jesus.  We focused on areas of interest for women such as marriage, motherhood, faith, calling, self-worth, etc.

If you feel unsure about leading on your own, join one. There are a lot of great studies curriculum based available as assistance as you facilitate and lead discussion.  But first, do the research and verify your study bases itself on the Word of God. And also verify the Bible isn’t used a “supplemental resource”.  God’s word should always be our first resource!

I’ve used many “book studies” and they are great, but as I have become more comfortable as a leader, I’ve used less Bible study books and I’ve created my own Bible study outline. Recently, with the teen girls group I lead, I asked them to write out their biggest God questions and we’ve been working through those using scripture and stories from the Bible.

It’s like that age old saying, you will never know until you try.  Go on and invite your neighbors or your friends or your mom’s group over for a Bible study.  Or step out in faith and volunteer to lead the next women’s Bible study in your church.  Having the opportunity to facilitate spiritual growth among women is a great privilege and if you’re feeling called to lead, don’t hesitate anymore.  If God is calling you to lead in this way, He will equip you, friend.

If I can be of any help in encouraging you further, please reach out to me or to another team member at Daughters of the Deep.  We want to inspire you to reach women where you are and encourage them to dive deeper with God.

So go on friend, what are you waiting for?

 

 

 

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

Mrs. Amanda Martinsen

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28).