Hey, I’m Tim. For several years I’ve been writing small group Bible studies for my friends and my church. Drew Dabbs and Jeff Lowery are two coworkers who have invested their time, wisdom, and creativity into these Bible studies as well.
I get so excited when I see people studying the Bible together and enjoying it. I’m amazed at how deep people can go when they feel ownership in the Bible study.
I serve as Minister to Adults at Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, Mississippi. My undergraduate degree was Christian Studies at Philosophy at Mississippi College. My Masters of Divinity was at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I’m currently working on a Ph.D. at Dallas Baptist University.
I hope the Bible studies I write are a blessing to you!
At Study the Word Together, we believe in:
1. Focusing on the Bible.
We believe the Bible is the infallible and inerrant authority for the Church. That’s why we always make the main point of the passage the main focus of the conversation. Our discussion questions will never include “What do you think this passage means?” We study hard so we can tell your group what the passage means. That happens during the “Introduce the Passage” section of the lesson. Once your group hears the main point of the passage, they’ll comb through the Bible text looking for supporting details.
2. Listening to your group.
We believe in including every person in the conversation. Even first time visitors enjoy contributing to the discussion. That’s why each study starts off with a question designed to make everyone smile. By the time your group gets to the weightier questions, each person will feel comfortable talking and know that the leader values their participation. That’s when people learn and grow.
3. Empowering the church.
We believe people with diverse gifts can make great small group leaders. That’s why we write small group Bible studies that don’t depend on the leader having the gift of teaching. Teaching ability is valuable for a leader, but we believe that sometimes the best small group leaders are people with gifts of hospitality, encouragement, leadership, administration, service and more.
4. Collaborating to learn.
Adults learn best in a collaborative learning environment. What we love is to see people smiling, frowning, biting their lip or nodding their head as they comb through a passage in the Bible discovering answers to important questions. When you start off your group time with a period of light-hearted self-disclosure, you’re doing more than making people smile. You’re opening people up to considering new perspectives and setting new goals. You’re creating the opportunity for genuine life change.
5. Applying God’s word.
A good small group Bible study should result in specific changes to the participants’ lives. The last two questions of every lesson encourage participants to consider how their life might change if they lived the principles they discovered in the Bible text they just studied. We always wrap up the conversation by inviting the group members to share a change they choose to make as a result of the passage they studied. Then we pray for God’s grace to live out the principles we just learned.