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Setting Up a Bible Study Blog

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I posted previously on some of my experiences with blogging a Bible Study and all the good reasons for doing so.

image imageActually, I believe that anyone teaching a Bible study should seriously consider posting the notes or lessons on the Internet. Here are a few good reasons:

1. Access to the notes for everyone in the Bible study.

Those who miss a lesson or two can catch up. Those who where there but lost the outlines or notes can always download new ones. There will always be a permanent record of the study for as long as the site is maintained.

2. Expanding your Bible study to include a world wide audience really takes very little additional efforts.

For the same effort it takes to prepare for teaching a Bible study at church or in a home fellowship group, you can actually end up ministering to people in countries all around the world. People from Over 138 countries have visited my Bible Study blog and it really is no big deal or exceptional in any way.

Not only that, but the lesson you did last week will continue to be read by folks this week and in the weeks to come. The effort you put into one lesson for one week can continue to minister to people for 52 weeks a year. Also, for 24/7, 365 days, and 52 weeks the next year and the year after for as long as the site is up.

Best of all, a Bible Study blog can be started for no cost at all and with zero website experience. A beginner can set up an attractive fully functioning new blog at Blogger.com or at WordPress.com in less than an hour.

Here’s some links to earlier posts I’ve written evaluating Blogger and WordPress:

-Getting Started With Blogger: An Evaluation

-Getting Started With WordPress.com: An Evaluation

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  1. sista cala May 14, 2008 12:28 am

    A Bible study blog was what I had in mind when I began blogging about a year ago. I wasn’t actually teaching every week, but I had mountains of material from the years previous. My intent was to fill my blog with outlines, notes, and complete lessons.
    I am not a great typist and was very new at the ins and outs of linking and such. Posting was extremely time consuming, yet I found great satisfaction in it.
    As time went on, I got involved in the social aspects of the blogging community and joined a couple of webrings. Seems that it was easier many times to follow the given theme or meme rather than do some serious posting.
    My question is this: is it detrimental to a biblical studies blog to be punctuated with memes and such? If so, would I be better off to start another blog solely dedicated to biblical studies, even if it meant only one or two posts per month?

  2. Dr.D May 14, 2008 12:29 am

    Sista,
    I have seen a number of blogs which combine different media and topics successfully including Bible Study.
    Also I have looked at a number of blogs that just do Bible study lessons on a periodic basis. Some once a week and others once a month or so.
    Actually, I have personally tried each one of those options. All have been somewhat successful. It really is a matter of preference and the goals you have for your blogging experience and ministry.
    For the first year or so I posted a Bible lesson on Mark at least once a month at my main blog- ‘Answers For The Faith’. I ended up creating a separate blog–’BIBLE Study’ to store the lessons in and make it easier to access.
    Also, originally I also offered Bible ‘questions and answers’ on my main site. Soon it became obvious that it was better to put the ‘Q’s and ‘A’s all together so I started a separate blog– BIBLE Q & A.
    Both Bible study sites are still connected to my main blog and accessible by a link in the right column. See: http://answersforthefaith.com