People learn by doing, by participating in the task. But that’s hard to do, sometimes, with Bible reading.
We hear all the time in church that we should read the Bible. We read all the time on Facebook that Bible reading is at an all time low. And so we say, “read”.
But most of my friends have a hard time simply reading.
It’s not that they don’t know how to read. My friends are pretty literate. Many are writers themselves.
But they have a hard time knowing how they should read the Bible. And all the explanations of the different kinds of Bible literature (poetry, history, etc) and backgrounds and contexts don’t seem to help. They still come back to me and ask me questions about what this means and what that means. Where to start and how to proceed and what counts as study. And what happens when you ask uninformed questions in a group.
And so I started to think, “What if we wrote a group Bible study.” Not a set of questions. I mean what if I wrote the actual studying, the conversations and observations about the text. What if we asked each other questions and wrote that all out.
So I decided to write a Bible study. Or to start writing one.
I’ve been part of groups reading and studying the Bible for most of my life. I’ve been teaching those groups for almost forty years. From sixth graders to senior citizens, two people to five hundred, one session to a year-long study. I’ve heard lots of questions from lots of people and asked a lot myself.
I’m not going to do the whole study here. It’s not written yet. But I’m going to give us all a taste and see where we end up.