Leaders

Campus Bible Study Leaders

Welcome to Term 2!

As we come of the back of MYC and jump into term 2, there’s a definite energy and conviction flowing out of the conference, to live for Jesus and grow in our knowledge of him—because we are fully known by God. However, many are also feeling tired, and not everyone was able to join us for the conference.

And as we start Term 2, we have a great privilege and responsibility as Bible Study leaders to care for and guide those in our groups, wherever they might be at. It’s both exciting and challenging. What a reassurance it is to know that the God who is in control of everything has given us His Word to equip us for life and godliness!

Thank you for partnering with us to evangelise, teach, train and send each other as God’s servants into all the world!

Leading a Bible Study

Bible Studies are an excellent context for teaching, training, pastoral care, community, evangelism, modelling, support, outreach, and … You get the idea 🙂 They are a really valuable ministry and we are very thankful for your service in this area!

The general structure will be meeting for an hour each week of Term. In your hour, aim to spend roughly 30–40min understanding and applying God’s word, 15min in prayer, and a bit of relational bump-time, culture setting, announcements, and buffer time around the edges. See what works for your group.

Alongside this, we would love you to model and encourage engaging with The Bible Talks. These will be on Tuesday and Wednesday at CLB 6, 12pm, and Thursday at Colombo Theatre A, 12pm. You might go together as a Bible Study or join with other groups from your faculty—ask the trainees in your faculty about the options. If some can’t make it, encourage them to watch along on youtube.

Especially for first years and those new to growth groups, keep reaching out and connecting personally with those in your group. Keep an eye out for all your members! You don’t have to do this alone! Do organise for others in your group to meet with or follow-up with other group members. 

Let’s keep being prayerful in our leadership, and if we can do anything to support you, just ask!

 

Key Dates

  • June long weekend — public holiday Monday week 3
  • Flex Week — week 6

Teaching Overview

This term we are working through the second half of the book of Genesis, in both Bible Studies and at The Bible Talks! As the two series run together, we hope this is helpful for you and your groups engaging and discussing God’s word together in greater breadth and depth. 

We have selected 8 passages from Genesis that we think will be helpful to cover the main points of the book. In the first week of term, there will be a pre-written study aiming to give an overview of the whole book. Generally, the Bible passage suggested is one of the chapters from the talk in the previous week.

In week 5, there is a week devoted to talking about partnership with your group. We will give more details about this closer to the date.

Bible Studies: Genesis Overview

The Bible Talks: Genesis 12–14

Bible Studies: Genesis 12

The Bible Talks: Genesis 15–17

Bible Studies: Genesis 15

The Bible Talks: Genesis 18–23

Walk-up: Business

Bible Studies: Genesis 22

The Bible Talks: Genesis 24–27

Walk-up: Law

Bible Studies: Partnership

The Bible Talks: Genesis 28–31

Walk-up: Engineering

Bible Studies: Genesis 25:19–26:5

The Bible Talks: Genesis 31–36

Bible Studies: Genesis 35

The Bible Talks: Genesis 37–41

Walk-up: Education

Bible Studies: Genesis 37

The Bible TalksGenesis 42–45

Walk-up: Medicine, FADBEATs (Arts, Design & Architecture)

Bible Studies: Genesis 45

The Bible Talks: Genesis 46–48

Walk-up: Science

Bible Studies: Genesis 49:28–50:26

The Bible Talks: Genesis 49–50

Training

Leader's Training

We will meet for a combined leaders’ training during the CORE Theology hours in week 1 (Tues 4pm and Thur 2pm). If at all possible, it is expected that you will be at one of these hours. Let a trainee in your faculty know if you can’t make it and we will see if we can arrange another catch-up.

During the rest of term, you will receive ongoing support and training in your faculties.

Core

We expect that you will have completed Strand 4 – Serving Growth Groups by the time you are a Campus Growth Group leader, but if not, do it in your first term of leading (hopefully you have chatted with your ministry trainee about this!). 

Jesus still Lives Mission

As launched at MYC, the mission for this year is Jesus Still Lives: Have you met him? We want to share the incredible story of the risen Jesus with our friends and with everyone on campus! And we have the joy of doing that together in so many different ways this year as we bring people to meet the Jesus who still lives and reigns. You can find out more on our mission page here

Officially heightened mission starts in Term 3, with training throughout Term 2, but evangelism is something that we can do with all of our lives as “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20). We are excited to keep growing our culture of evangelism in everything that we do, and Bible studies are key to driving and supporting this!

One foundational evangelistic goal is that, compelled by the love of Christ, we desire every student at Campus Bible Study to pray weekly for five unbelieving friends! Can you join us in this – both praying and encouraging this culture on your groups?

Alongside our prayers, there are some great opportunities to be trained and to share the story of Jesus

  • training in seminars on sharing the story fo Jesus in flex week 6
  • walk-up in faculty Bible studies
    • Week 3 – Business, Week 4 – Education, Week 5 – Engineering, Week 7 – Law, Week 8 – Medicine, FADBEATs, Week 9 – Science
  • an evangelistic course – introducing Jesus – starting in week 3
  • and every week, the opportunity to invite a friend to Bible Study, The Bible Talks, to read the Bible with you, or join a Bible Triplet!

In general, there are lots of ways that your bible study can promote and model evangelism. Some of these include

  • thinking evangelistically and inviting friends to Bible Study
  • praying for non-Christian family and friends (using language and a manner that expects you may have unbelievers in your group already – if we don’t talk like this, then our groups won’t feel comfortable inviting their friends
  • meeting up 1-1 with group members (in person or on the phone)
  • modelling, organising and encouraging evangelistic bible triplets
  • doing walk-up one week each term in bible study (if we can!)
  • running explicitly evangelistic bible studies
  • praying for missionaries in your group
  • … be creative!

Campus Staff

Just if you aren’t exactly sure who the staff are…

1 Timothy 4:15-16

Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

English Standard Version

Expectations

Hopefully you all went through this with a trainee before you committed to leading, but if not, these are our broad expectations of Bible study leaders.

“Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Tim 4:15-16

Practice these things (What is your role as a leader?)

  • Pray for your group (pray for the individuals, for your time together, for growth and evangelism – if you desire your group to be or achieve something, pray for it)
  • Attend a leaders’ team and work with your co-leader to faithfully prepare for the study
  • Work out how to care for your group (this doesn’t mean doing everything yourself!) – aim for everyone in your group to be met up with 1-1 at least once in the Term (which may be you and your co-leader diving up the group for one-off catch-ups, or dividing up the group to meet in a number of 1-1s…or even Bible Triplets!)
  • Follow up group members, particularly unbelievers and those not coming regularly
  • Seek to train up other leaders in the group (start by giving them responsibilities in small ways, but it could also mean asking them to lead a study)
  • In a mixed group, the expectation is that the male will lead the studies, rather than the female. Yet they are both in a leadership position, and so are to prepare together and to look after the group together (1 Tim 2:8-15, 1 Cor 11).
  • Engage in personal evangelism – model, pray for and encourage evangelism in your group
  • Be an active and regular member of your local church

Keep a close watch on yourself (What areas of godliness have you been growing in? What are you struggling with?)

  • See 1 Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9 for expectations of leaders regarding godliness (self-controlled; humble; growing in maturity; not a recent convert; not addicted to alcohol; not greedy; sexual purity). In summary, people who are growing in maturity.
  • Show progress in godliness (1 Tim 4:15-16) – this is to be an encouragement and example to your group
    Be above reproach in your godliness (is there anything that you don’t want exposed?)
  • Don’t date an unbeliever

And on the teaching– these are taken from AFES doctrinal statement (What do you disagree with? What don’t you understand?)

  • The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
  • The universal sinfulness and guilt of humanity since the fall, rendering men and women subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
  • The conception of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit and his birth by the virgin Mary.
  • Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death, as our representative and substitute, of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
  • The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
  • The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective in the individual sinner, granting him or her repentance towards God, and faith in Jesus Christ.
  • The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
  • The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Persist in these things (How are you growing yourself and your group?)

  • Commitment to regular personal Bible reading and prayer
  • Commitment to personal evangelism
  • TBT
  • MYC
  • Core theology
  • Core training (if you haven’t done Growth Groups, it’d be great to do that as you lead a Bible study)
  • Faculty leaders’ team where possible, and combined leaders’ training in Wk 1 of each Term (during the Core Theology hours)

CORE
TRAINING

Because the Christian life is about service, CORE Training is a series of practical small group training courses. They will equip you to know and share what you believe, to read the Bible on your own and with others, to lead a Bible Study group, and help you transition from Uni to the rest of your life!

Make the most of your university years to be equipped to serve now and well into the future!

CORE
THEOLOGY

If God has made the world and the Bible tells us how we are to live in the world, theology is all about knowing God truly and learning to view the world with His eyes.

CORE Theology is a fun and engaging weekly seminar that won’t let you sit back with indifference. Wherever you are, we want to stretch your thinking and firm-up your foundation to live rightly in service of God and others!