how to write a bible study lesson 5 easy steps

How To Write A Bible Study Lesson

Want To Learn How To Write Your Own Bible Study Lesson?

Great! Because I am here to show you how to outline and write a bible study lesson in just 5 easy steps!

I started writing bible study lessons in 2003 for our own daughters and then began using them to reach kids in our neighborhood. If I can learn how to write bible study lessons and reach others with God’s word, then you can too!

One day while I was writing a bible study lesson, I found myself digging into my bible, looking up verses like buried treasure, and I suddenly realized that I struck gold – heavenly gold! I was the one getting the lesson by learning more about a topic that I otherwise wouldn’t know!

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21

When you create a bible study lesson to teach others, you will be encouraging them to read, study, and apply the Bible into their own lives. Now that is doing God’s work!

What Does The Bible Say?

The bible tells us that we are to use the Scriptures to teach others how to live a righteous life.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” – 2 Timothy 3:16

Paul, the author, lists 4 areas in this verse.

  1. Scripture is for teaching. It is to be used to instruct people to know God better.
  2. Scripture is for reproof or rebuke, the idea of exposing or pointing out sin.
  3. Scripture is for correction. Scripture both points out sin and offers a solution to it.
  4. Scripture is for training in righteousness. From Scripture, we learn what is true, what is wrong, how to correct wrong, and how to apply truth. Source:

Ready To Write A Bible Study Lesson?

These 5 easy steps will explain how to write your very first bible study lesson outline. Take one step at a time and plan to spend weeks researching your topic and putting it all together. Take a break if you get stuck completing the lesson (pray and sleep on it). I always keep a pen and paper next to my bed for when I wake up with an idea.

Step 1 – Download FREE Sample Lesson

The first step is to download and print my free Fruit of the Spirit Bible study lesson so that you can see an example of the format. It is designed to be very easy-to-read and understand. You can use this format to plan your lesson or create your own unique outline.

Step 2 – Theme

Grab a notebook, pick out a theme (bible character, topic, verse, or chapter), and write it down. Not sure where to start? Do you have a favorite bible story? Start with that and move on to step 2.

  • Biblical Character
  • Topic (Beatitudes)
  • Verse or Chapter

Step 3 – Relevant Scripture

This is where you will be digging into your bible, looking up verses like buried treasure! I like to use different bible versions and commentaries (Charles Stanley is a favorite) to help me understand the verses better. I also have a large concordance that helps me cross-reference words with relevant scriptures.

There are many resources to help you plan a bible study lesson. Try locating different bible versions, commentaries, a concordance, a bible dictionary at your local library, church library, thrift store, online store, family member, or friend.

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  • Bible Dictionary – will help you define and analyze Scripture, discover the meaning of words, and study them in context to a specific verse.
  • Commentary – will help you study verses by providing explanations and interpretations by the author.
  • Concordance – an alphabetical listing of words and phrases found in the bible. It cross-references verses and helps to understand the meaning of terms and the context in which those words are used.
  • Study Bible – will give you a deeper understanding of verses with tools for life applications like commentary, maps, charts, concordance, and study notes.
  • Different Bible Translations (KJV, NIV, etc.)

EXAMPLE: You will see on the Fruit of the Spirit lesson (see Step 1 for free download) that Galatians 5:22-23 is the main verse. Most of my lessons will start with the main verse, a word to look up in a dictionary, and a very short outline of the lesson.

Step 4 – Questions & Answers

Make a shortlist of questions and answers about the topic.

  • Who are the main characters?
  • Who wrote it? What is the author’s message?
  • Does anyone disagree/agree with what we just read?
  • Does anyone feel that these verses are talking to them?
  • What can we learn from this?
  • What is the verse trying to tell us?
  • Where does it take place? Has the name been changed? Can you find it on the map or bible dictionary?
  • How can we apply the lesson to our own lives?
  • Is there a commandment to obey? What will happen if we ignore it? Is there a promise from God to claim if we obey?

EXAMPLE: The Fruit of the Spirit lesson (see step 1 for free download) divides the 9 fruits and asks the teens to look up a bible verse that relates to that particular “fruit” with discussion questions.

Step 5 – Supplements

Search online or create your own supplements for your theme.

  • Crossword puzzle
  • Craft
  • Handout of relevant verses to study at home
  • Short story or illustration to make the lesson more interesting (Christ taught using parables).
  • Word search puzzle

EXAMPLE: Page 4, from the Fruit of the Spirit lesson (see step 1 for free download), has a simple fill in the blank puzzle that gets teens back into reading the verse and writing it down. Page 5 is a fun word search, and page 6 is a bible story (one of Christ’s parables) that asks discussion questions at the end. I also made a “Verses to Read and Study” worksheet for them to take home.

Helpful Tips:

  • Take a break if you get stuck completing the lesson (pray and sleep on it).
  • Outline your lesson for the appropriate age group (kids, teens, or adults).
  • Plan a simple bible study lesson that will keep their interest.
  • Divide the theme into separate lessons if too long.
  • Ask someone to look over your lesson and give their feedback.
  • Learn how to start your own bible study group!

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When you are teaching the bible using your own lesson, and see the “I get it” look on their faces, you will know that your effort was worth it!

Your Next Step Is To Start Your Outline!

Congratulations! Now that you have learned the steps to write your own bible study lesson, you will want to grab a notebook or download this handy bible lesson planning worksheet and start outlining your 1st lesson!

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