Reading the Bible Together groups

Reading the Bible Together groups
A new way of getting people to get to grips with Scripture
Author: Steve Levy
Publisher: Evangelicals Now (March 2010)

“There used to be just three people in our church reading through the Bible — now there are 150. One older lady, a believer since her 20s, had attempted to read the Bible through for years and every time had given up. ‘Now, together with everyone else, I think I’m going to do it’, she said.”

Steve Levy describes how his church has divided everybody up into small groups – Read the Bible Together groups – which meet together once a month. Before coming to the group, people are asked to read or listen to a book of the Bible. They then come together to share what God has been teaching them: “We need to help each other. The Bible is written to be talked about. It grows. It is not bound.”

He shares some encouraging testimonies:

“In one group on Leviticus, one of the group leaders shared that everybody turned up with pretty much blank answer sheets. Feeling this was going to be a bit of a disaster, they started. ‘It was one of the most encouraging meetings of all. As one person shared a little of what they had learnt, it was as if the lights came on. Everybody started to realise and then to share what God had been revealing to them in his word. It was the most wonderful in-depth study of all that Christ did for us on the cross. We probably would never have attempted Leviticus on our own — but look what we would have missed’.”

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