We started a new bible study at our church this past week. Over the next 14 weeks, we’ll be reading the Gospel of Luke. It’s a method I’ve used elsewhere that I think is one of the best ways to really immerse yourself into the word of God: Reading slowly and carefully through a book of Scripture with a community of fellow readers.
One of the questions I asked the people who came tonight was this: Why did you decide to join this bible study, and what do you hope to get out of it?
Here were some of the answers they gave:
- I want to learn more about God’s word.
- For a closer, more personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- I am interested to learn more about the content of the Bible.
- I like the idea of the benefits of a group Bible study. We can learn more from one another’s perspectives on the biblical material. And we can also benefit spiritually from the relationships that will form in our group.
- To learn the ways of Jesus.
I think these are all wonderful reasons to commit yourself to studying the Bible in a fellowship of fellow Christians. To me, what connects all the responses that I heard was that the folks in our Bible study want to engage the Scriptures as a means of grace. If reading and studying the Bible is a true means of grace, that suggests that we can experience true transformation as we give ourselves over to it—if the Spirit is willing! (I think the next 14 weeks are going to be a lot of fun…)
Do you have any stories or suggestions about Bible studies in your own church context? Feel free to share!