Ten Tips for Starting an Investigative Study

How to start exploring the Bible with non-believers.
  1. Set a time and place for the meeting. Choose a time that is relatively free from conflicts.
  2. Keep the meetings short, usually no longer than an hour.
  3. Set a definite duration, such as six weeks. People will not respond to something that seems like it might last forever.
  4. Meet in someone else's home or apartment. It's better to be on their "turf." Make sure the place has plenty of room, is comfortable (air-conditioned in summer), and is convenient for participants to get to.
  5. Visit friends and neighbors. Get to know them better and bridge your conversations from small talk to personal conversation to mild discussions about religion or faith. But don't push too fast. When appropriate, invite them to investigate the Bible with you.
  6. Ask them if they'd like to invite other friends and family members.
  7. Begin and end meetings on time.
  8. It's OK for a Christian friend or two to come with an unbelieving friend. But don't have more Christians than non-Christians in the group. The believers who do participate should be careful to not answer all the questions or sound like "experts," which will intimidate the seekers in the group.
  9. Don't be discouraged if only a few people show up some weeks. You're planting seeds. God brings the increase.
  10. Most importantly, keep praying. God changes hearts.

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