People are hungry for the word of God! A new wind is blowing – a new eagerness to voyage through the pages of the Bible on a path of discovery.
Recently I went to RAW (Real and Wild), our annual youth event, and led a discussion group on ‘Digging Deep’ – why and how to read the Bible.
After the group, my friend Sam (18) told me he has started co-leading a Bible study in Northampton. Around twenty young Christians from different churches meet in the upstairs of a pub every week to read and study the Bible together. Here in Coventry, we had record numbers at our international Bible study this week – around 20 from Holland, Brazil, Germany, Pakistan and Iran. There are a few grey heads like me but, for the most part, these are young people.
A really good Bible study for me is similar to sharing a good meal. Let’s all dive in folks and share the event together. A communal meal!
People are hungry for the word of God and if hungry, God promises to fill. I shared at RAW that the Bible is never a means in itself – it is a means to knowing God, becoming acquainted with Him and learning what He loves – so we can love it too. What we put into it, we get out of it. Hey, let’s pray this wind continues; let’s set sail. If this happens, we’ll begin really going somewhere in our church and discover again what God wants for us.
The great danger for Bible study is we think we know; we think we know and the voyage of discovery ends. We are still in dock! Let’s start with the premise we do know something but really very little. Let’s look at familiar passages from the Bible with fresh eyes. Maybe we have misunderstood; maybe there is so much more for us to see there. As the psalmist says, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” Psalm 119: 18