There is much emphasis on learning about biblical truths through preaching. However, there is also great value in studying the Bible in small groups. God does not need experts to help us make sense of the Bible. When people discover truth and new meaning from studying the Bible together, they are more likely to take action as a result.
Groups of 6–12 people who regularly meet together for Bible study and discussion develop as disciples. As people build relationships, they can pray together, discuss personal concerns and gain advice, fellowship and friendship. People with potential leadership skills may be identified through such small groups.
Each person needs to know they are valued and their gifts and skills appreciated. Membership of small groups can help people feel part of the church family, particularly in large churches where it can be hard to get to know others well. People outside the church may find such groups helpful in learning about the Christian faith.
Good Bible study notes that encourage discussion through questions can be of great value. Where possible, church leaders should provide or develop such materials.