These are suggested guidelines for maintaining a Present Truth Bible Study Group.
The study group should:
- be a small group composed of twelve members or less who are willing to engage in serious Bible study.
- be members of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination to ensure a basic agreement in the fundamental beliefs and a general understanding of the Three Angels Message.
- seek the guidance of God and the Holy Spirit to bless the efforts of our study.
- focus on the 21st century issues of Present Truth in the ongoing development of God's people "Preparing for the End of Time".
- attempt to make all decisions and changes in the operation of the study group by nearly unanimous agreement.
- select a permanent or temporary leader for directing the flow of the study. The leader will keep the study on topic and moderate digression as appropriate.
- meet in volunteer host homes or other neutral location to avoid conflict with the denomination.
- meet for one hour, or as agreed, with no variation out of consideration for the host family. Study group members should arrive and leave promptly at the designated time. Meetings in a neutral location may allow for more flexibility in time and duration.
- avoid any loss of focus for the group by the serving of any food or beverages other than water. Ideally, members would bring their own provisions for drinking water.
- follow a predetermined study plan similarly to the Sabbath School. Unlike SS, there is no requirement to move to a new topic for any time consideration. As in SS there is occasional digression from the explicit topic. Topics may be revisited or addressed without regard for the defined order of presentation.
- treat all members with kindness, understanding, consideration and without judgment of motives.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
- deny participation in the group to those engaging in the open practice of Biblical sin or appearance of evil. Also deny participation to those who persist in argument instead of discussion, criticism rather than understanding, and judgment rather than tolerating a different understanding. This Bible study time is not the place to deal with this person and this problem.
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
I Corinthians 5:11