This is an announcement for some, a reminder for others, December 4, 2012 we begin John Part 2: The Light of the World.
Are you curious about how the virtual bible study works?
Cool! Today, I'd like to share a little about the virtual bible studies. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments or by message.
How it All Began
I enjoy studying the word. I've shared this often. But what I probably enjoy more is sharing it with others. Not in a teacher student way, per se, but in community. I have grown to love…LUV…Kay Arthur and Precept Ministries. They provide a wonderful basis for studying the word.
Almost two years ago (or so), I had a few friends that were interested in studying the bible. Several of them had never participated in a bible study which required homework (dum…dum…dum….) **Did you the beating of the drums in your head? ;)**
Well they had spent little time reading, and little time studying but were interested in changing both. I was teaching regularly at church however they were unable to attend since most of them leave outside of my area.
After much discussion I started the first study virtually with six (6) students. We studied Genesis and had a great time.
This led to me facilitating virtual bible studies with family, friends and many people that I've met online. I've had students within the same city, same state, out of state, AND internationally.
How Does it Work?
Students register and we "meet" weekly to discussion the weekly lesson. By discuss I mean we actually talk through the materials and the lesson. That makes this virtual bible study much like a bible study you'd participate in person except we get to study in our PJs. 🙂
Once students purchase their materials they submit their contact details to me. I then email the conference call details and weekly reminders throughout the study.
How Much Does it Cost?
Each study is different. Students are required to purchase their materials. To date, I've only facilitated Precept studies. This may change in the future. Regardless, the only fee students incur is for their study materials. During the registration process details are included (i.e.., dates, fee, class time, etc.).
How Much Time is Involved?
While studying Precept Upon Precept lessons it is estimated that we study about five hours per week. I've had students do more and others that do what they can. We also spend one hour weekly in discussion. In all about six (6) hours weekly, which is a rough estimate.
Who Should Consider a Virtual Bible Study?
Anyone. But here's a few questions to ask yourself…
- Are you interested in spending more time in the word?
- Are you interested in studying the word?
- Are you interested in participating in a bible study but your schedule makes it difficult?
- Are you interested in studying a particular book, which is being offered?
- Are you interested in studying the bible inductively?
- Do you enjoy Precept Upon Precept bible studies but one is not offered in your area?
These are just the beginning.