Not every church member should attempt an outreach Bible study. A wise pastor will not try to get "the whole church" into this approach to evangelism. Some Christians tend to tell others too much too soon. The discussion approach requires patience and a willingness to let the non-Christian build a framework of Bible knowledge and discover Christ's claims for himself.
But once this has happened, the person is much more likely to hear and believe a gospel presentation from the pulpit or a Christian friend.
Used with permission. This article first appeared in the April 1, 1984 issue of Leadership Journal.
Excerpted from Leading Bible Study Well, a new downloadable resource from Gifted for Leadership.