During a previous post – allowing God to speak – the issue of the value of Bible study guides was raised. It seems to me that study guides are only as good as the leader who uses it. I have been in groups where the leader has turned the study guide into a comprehension exercise and alternatively been in groups where the leader has used the guide very effectively. Bit like a hammer, in the hand of a good craftsman even a bad hammer will be effective.

Nevertheless the beauty of having a Bible study without a study guide is it simpler, cheaper and gives God time and space to speak to people rather than just the leader. Also it doesn’t need people to be in the same room at the same time. So yes, it can even be done on-line on a blog site.