Today's activity – Practice the Bible study method below.
In a recent survey of almost 1,000 Oklahoma church attenders, almost 35% of churchgoing adults believe that the Bible is too complicated to be understood without the help of a trained teacher. 35%!! Over one-third of the people in your adult Bible study believe they can not really understand what God is teaching them through His word without the expertise of a trained teacher!
This statistic indicates that we have presented the Bible and Bible teaching as so complex that it is too difficult for the average person. The consequences of this belief are enormous, and indicate why it is so difficult in many places to enlist new teachers. The research also indicates why so few people read their Bible with any regularity.
The next Sunday you teach your class, take a few minutes and teach them this simple way to study their Bible. It works for personal study and devotions, as well as in a small group or class.
How much to read for a study? The span of one hand! Spread your hand on the page you are about to read. Read from your thumb to the tip of your small finger. In other words, probably 3/4 to 1 full page. If your Bible is divided into columns (most are), then it only includes one column.
As you read, answer these questions:
- What did you like about what you just read?
- What did you not like?
- Was there anything that you did not understand?
- What did you learn about God?
- If you were to apply what you just learned into your life this week, what would it look like?
That's it. Write this simple Bible study tool in your journal, or even in the back of your Bible. Practice using it as you prepare for this week's study (Take the focal passage from your curriculum and practice).
But just as importantly, share it. Teach this plan to your class. People like John Wycliffe went through tremendous personal strife to translate the Bible so that the average guy can read it and understand for his or her self.