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Full-disclosure: There is a plethora of resources for online Bible study that you can find (where else) online. Go ahead: Search on those three words and you will find a virtually unlimited supply of suggestions, tips, DIY steps, even prepackaged programs you can buy. I’m not going to duplicate all those things that Google can get for you.
What I want to do is offer you a question to reflect upon before you start one.
And that question is “WHY?”
Almost every online article I’ve read that outlines the steps to follow in preparing for and hosting an online Bible study starts in the wrong place. Step one is either “Choose a book” or “Choose a platform.” The former starts with “WHAT” and the latter starts with “HOW.” Yet, in any spiritual endeavor (or any endeavor, for that matter) the question we really need to start with is “WHY?”
Why ask “Why?” Because if you start without being clear about your motivation or with mistaken assumptions about what your audience, odds are your online Bible study will likely be a lot less fruitful. So consider these “WHY” questions:[Read more…]