December 10, 2009
Is it better to study the Bible, or to read it?
I am currently working on a SmallGroups.com training download called "How to Prepare a Bible Study," and one of the things I am trying to cover in that resource is how to best approach the Bible when your goal is teaching others.
So when I saw a video on YouTube titled "Eugene Peterson explains the difference between 'studying' and 'reading' the Bible," I thought, Aha! Exactly what I've been looking for. I figured the video would highlight that most people just read the Bible, like any other book, but don't really know how to study it.
Let's see if I was right...
Nope! As in many things, I was completely backwards. Peterson's idea is that people usually approach the Bible as a tool of study—a book they are trying to get something useful out of. He feels that people don't know how to really read the Bible. That we don't know how to get caught up in the story and allow it to work on us from the inside out.
And by golly, I think he's right.
So what does that mean for us? For our small groups?
posted by Sam O'Neal on December 10, 2009 9:39 AM