Find a Christian friend to partner with.
- If you have little experience leading Bible studies it would be good to partner with a Christian that has some experience who can join you during studies (maybe you alternate who leads each week) or at least someone you can pray with and ask questions before and/or after you lead I-GIG Bible studies.
- If most or all of the people you plan to invite are from the same country or background, it would be good to have a Christian from that culture to join you during the I-GIG discussions.
- If you have quite a bit of Bible study leading experience, consider bringing along a newer Christian to learn about leading I-GIGs so they will feel comfortable leading their next I-GIG group on their own.
Remember it is God who is at work. Prayer is our foundation.
“I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Jesus’s words to Paul in Acts 26:17b, 18 (NIV). “Sanctified” means made clean and holy before God. Note that Jesus does this “by faith in me.”
Some sample prayer requests:
- Ask God to help you see things from your friends’ points of view.
- Ask God to open your friends’ hearts, and to protect them from spiritual conflict. See Luke 8:4-15.
- Ask God for wisdom and understanding as you prepare.
- Talk to God about any personal concerns.
While prayer is mentioned here in Step 2, it is good to pray during every step of preparation and for each Bible study.