Philippine Bible Society

Things to Bring at a Bible Study


Whether we are conscious of it or not, we are learning something new every day. Strangers become acquaintances when they tell us their names. The news we see on TV or through the internet warns us of the places we should avoid. And even a simple update text from a friend can teach us something new about what is going on in his or her life.

Indeed, learning never ends. It is even more enjoyable when it is done as a group activity. Case in point: a Bible study.

How wonderful it is to have the opportunity to come together and study God’s Word in a safe, loving, and trusting environment. And while bringing a Bible is essential to every Bible study, we would like to suggest these other must-haves for your group discussions and study sessions. Take a look at our list below!

what to bring to a bible study

What to bring to a Bible Study:

 1. Notebook – You can store important information such as: key Bible verses discussed, powerful insights from your Bible study groupmates, and personal realizations. We recommend going analog for note-taking, in that way, you will not be regularly distracted by the buzzes and notifications from your laptop or phone.

2. Writing materials: pens and highlighters – We cannot separate pen and paper. But we believe that you can maximize the use of your writing materials if you bring multiple colors. Highlight, color-code, and organize your thoughts on paper in a way that will best help you review your notes later on.

3. Index cards – This is not required but it would be perfect for memory verse challenges. You can make your Bible study time more fun and engaging when you all participate in choosing the verse/s to memorize.

What to prepare:

1. Eyes that connect the dots – How does one Bible verse build upon the others before it? What is the relationship of this chapter and the next? What is the parable saying as a whole?

2. Ears that are willing to listen to others – What can you learn from your groupmates’ personal experiences? Do their opinions differ from yours? How can you benefit from what they shared during the discussion?

3. A mouth that speaks humbly and kindly – Are your insights value-adding to the discussion? Are you speaking from a place of good intentions?

4. A mind that’s eager to learn – Are you excited to dig deeper into God’s Word? Have you prepared questions to ask during your Bible study meeting?

5. A heart that is ready to apply the lessons learned – What lifestyle changes will you be making in response to what you learned? How has your relationship with the Lord improved?

More than the tangible things that you can pack in your bag or carry in your arms for a Bible study, there are more meaningful preparations that need to be made. How is your Mind? Heart? Soul?

Also, you may want to check out this blog post on how to create a healthy Bible routine.

Learning the truths, teachings, and wisdom in God’s Word is truly a lifelong pursuit, but it does not have to be a lonely one. We pray that you will find a Bible study group that will allow you to cultivate a deeper appreciation, reverence, and love for the Lord and His amazing Word–the Bible. 


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