There are many reasons that a non-believe may want to attend a bible study. Perhaps a friend or significant other invited you to go. Maybe you are studying religion in school and want to get a real-world taste of modern belief systems. Maybe you are simply curious about what a certain religion has to offer. Whatever your reason, you should know that most bible studies are welcoming to newcomers, whether they are Christians or not. However, there are some things you may want to keep in mind while attending a bible study as a non-believer.
Be Open About Who You Are
If you are attending a small bible study, you will likely be given the opportunity to introduce yourself and share why you are interested in the bible study. You should be open about who you are and what you do or do not believe. Lying about what you believe can cause animosity or distrust when others discover your deception. Also, if you are attending with a friend, it may put them in an awkward position if they know you are a non-believer but you profess to be a Christian.
If you do not feel comfortable stating that you are a non-believer, you may want to look for a different bible study group that you feel more comfortable with.
Respect The Space Created By Others
Just as others at the bible study will accept you as a non-believer, it is important that you accept others for who they are and what they believe. This includes not trying to get others to change their beliefs or aggressively attacking people's contributions to the bible study. It is important to attend with an open mind as opposed to attending with the purpose of finding fault in the lecture or conversation.
Ask Questions Without Derailing The Conversation
Just because you should respect the beliefs of those around you does not mean that you should not ask questions or participate in the conversation. Bible study is a time for people to explore and solidify their beliefs. Participants should be happy to explain what they believe and why. However, you should refrain from engaging in a circular debate with someone or purposefully derailing the conversation with controversial questions. If a moderator asks you to stay on topic, or encourages the group to move on, you can write down further questions and approach someone from the group with them at a later time.
Attending a bible study as a non-believer may feel intimidating at first. However, it can be a good way to challenge your own beliefs and helpful to you and other participants. Contact local churches, like New Gethsemane Baptist Church, for more information.Share
7 December 2015
After my mother died, I realized that I wasn't living the type of life that she would want me to live. I had gotten into drugs and alcohol, which had led me down a predictable, boring path. Fortunately, a friend of mine talked me into going to church one day, which completely changed my outlook. I found a sense of purpose and hope that was missing from my life, and it was amazing to see the light. I want other people to see the benefits of participating in a religion, which is one of the many reasons I started this blog.