How To Start A LYWB Bible Study At Your Schoolwhat worries you about this school year. More than 100 of you responded with legitimate concerns about what you're facing in private schools, public school, and home schools. You told us you were anxious about things like:
"I think for me personally, it is just doing what I know is right and not being afraid of what people think—staying in strong in my convictions and not backing down." —Gabby
"With any debate we sometimes have to discuss the ‘big' things: gay rights, abortion, the death penalty, the right to die. How do we handle topics like this without seeming ‘holier-than-thou' and without just being silent?" —Heather S.
"I am in band, and I really stress out because of it. I love it, so I want to be good at it. When I don't do well, however, I really get mad at myself. I stress out so much about it that I live in stress for most of the year. I have let band become an idol. I love it way too much." —Meghan
These concerns (and the others you told us about) might not seem to have a lot in common at first. But they all have the same solution—God's truth! Knowing and applying God's Word can help you tackle whatever challenges you face this year. No matter where you go to school or what challenges come your way, you need to be grounded in God's Word and you need to be sharing God's truth with other young women just like you.
That's why we want to encourage you to start a Lies Young Women Believe Bible study with some girls from your school. Grab some friends and maybe even some girls you'd like to get to know better, and dig into God's Word together. Identify lies. Replace them with truth. And encourage each other to tackle challenges head on with the Bible as your guide.
Don't know how to get started? Here are some tips. (Oh, and here's a hint. We saved the best part for the end!)
If lives are changed as a result of this study, it will be because of the power of God's truth and it will happen through the promptings of the Holy Spirit. It is so important that before you take action, you stop and pray. Ask for God's guidance every step of the way. Specifically pray for wisdom as you lead others through the material found in the book.
Ask others to pray with you. There are likely many women in your church or youth group who would be able to help in this way. Seek to secure as much prayer cover as possible for yourself, other leaders, and the girls who will be attending the study.
Get some help.
If you are a young woman desiring to teach this information to your peers, recruit an adult to help. Talk to your youth pastor's wife, your Sunday school teacher, your mom, or a Christian teacher you know and trust and ask if they can help in any way. They might be willing to open their home, provide snacks, or even co-teach.
Also, most of the issues presented in this book are very serious. You may uncover areas of sin and hurt in the lives of the girls who are participating that you are unprepared to deal with on your own. Don't hesitate to ask for help from others. Your pastor and youth pastor are likely great resources. You can also check back here to get advice and support from others.
Note: If you ever sense that someone in your study is in danger of hurting themselves or others, get adult help immediately. Don't hesitate.
Find a great location.
It is easier to open up in an environment that feels warm and inviting. And many times non-Christians feel more comfortable in a home or coffee shop than they do in a church. Be intentional about finding the meeting place that is most conducive to conversation. Consider providing snacks or a meal. Food can go a long way toward creating a homey atmosphere.
Or consider having your LYWB Bible study on your campus. Approach a teacher or principle to ask for permission and find out the protocol for launching a student-led group. Once you have all of your ducks in a row, find a place to meet and start spreading the word.
Send out invitations.
Send out paper invitations to the girls you would like to have in attendance. Be sure to include the time, date, and place of the study. You can also send out an event invitation through Facebook or Twitter. You can even download some cool badges for use in your invites here.
Then consider sending out weekly reminders through email, IM, or social networking. Encourage the girls who attend to invite their friends, even if those friends aren't Christians yet. If each girl that you invite invites just one other person, your group will grow by leaps and bounds! This is a great way to get the word out to girls beyond your sphere of influence.
I hope that's enough to get the wheels turning in your head about launching your own LYWB Bible study. But, wait! Didn't I promise I was saving the best part for last? Here it is...We are going to give away five copies of LYWB and five copies of the LYWB Companion Guide to one of you who leaves us comment saying that you will start a LYWB Bible study with girls from your school. That's $145 worth of free books shipped right to your door and ready for you to share with young women who need a heavy dose of God's truth!
And be sure to hop back on the blog tomorrow for more ideas on how to launch a LYWB Bible study. (We may even have a boatload of more books to giveaway!)