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Bible Study Summit: Cyndee Ownbey - Getting Started in Bible Study, Even When You Feel Unqualified

Uncategorized Jul 24, 2020

Cyndee Ownbey is an incredible Bible teacher and equipper of Bible teachers. Here’s the thing: she never went to seminary. She is not professionally trained in this gig. But she’s one of the best I know. So what gives? Don’t you have to be a certified scholar to qualify to teach and study the Bible?

Absolutely not.

In her interview, Cyndee and I chatted about what motivated her to dig deeper into the word and the encouragement she would offer to women who feel unqualified (much like she did!) I walked away so encouraged… and I think you will too!

Ultimately, Cyndee noticed that her Ladies’ Bible Study group spent more time studying books about the Bible or the Christian life than they spent actually studying the Bible for themselves. This led to very little growth, and a lot of fluffy conversation (you know the kind).

So what changed?

She was so convicted about her need for God’s Word above all else, that she completely reoriented the way her group did Bible Study, and she didn’t have to go to seminary or learn Greek to do it. All she needed was a hunger for God’s Word and a willingness to learn. So she did. She and her group start going through books of the Bible at a time, taking them a chapter a week.


Did you get that? They only studied one chapter of a book of the Bible a week. They spent time digging deep into just one chapter, marinating in it and letting it change them as they understood it more deeply than before. They used outside tools like commentaries, they read in multiple translations and they spent their time together answering questions about the reading (Who wrote this? Who did they write it to? Why?) Now their conversations led them to a deeper understanding of and love for the scriptures, rather than just fluff. Now, the group valued God’s Word before the words of men.


I asked Cyndee, “Do you have any encouragement for someone that wants to start a group Bible study but feels nervous about it because they don’t feel qualified?” and her answer is so encouraging:

  1. Acts 4:13 says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” These men had no degree, they were not professionals or scholars, but they had been with him. The relationship was enough.
  2. We have what we need in God’s Word. Extra tools are a blessing, a benefit, and a help - but they’re not absolutely necessary, focus on God’s Word and you’ll go far.


So what about you? What’s keeping you from diving deep and getting started? You have everything you need. Tune in to the rest of our conversation here!


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