Posted by: Philip Rushton | January 3, 2012

The Bible Read Through Group Takes On The Old Testament

During the fall Julie and I had the opportunity to participate in a group that committed to reading through the New Testament. This group met Wednesday evenings at the church after our community dinner. For me it was a refreshing experience. There is something very powerful about the word of God. Simply committing to read it brings about profound insights and growth. One of my favorite comments from a member of our group was that as she read through the New Testament she noticed a change in her attitude. There as a new joy she was experiencing that she had not experienced in a long time.

The added benefit of reading through scripture as a group is that it allowed for us to remain accountable, share insights and ask questions about what we were wrestling with.

As we start a new year and a new season of groups at the church, Julie and I have been wanting to continue to read scripture in community. So we’ve decided to continue this group by taking on the Old Testament!

The Old Testament, however, is a bit of a bigger beast to tackle. It is much longer for one thing, and it is organized in a rather disconnected way. The historical narrative, for example, is presented in two forms (1,2 Samuel, 1,2 Kings and 1,2 Chronicles). Also, the prophets, which speak into these historical settings, are separated out as different books at the end of the Old Testament.

As such, I’ve drawn on a reading plan that makes the Old Testament more manageable and more connected. I’ve organized the reading in such a way that we will be reading about 10-12 chapters a week (down from the 28 a week we did in the New Testament group). Hopefully this will allow us to engage the story in a meaningful way. From now until June we will trace the entire storyline of the Old Testament.

If you are looking for an opportunity to immerse yourself in scripture in a new and fresh way this year we’d love to have you join us Wednesdays. Since we are starting at the beginning of the bible it is a great opportunity to join in. We start tomorrow after simple supper at 6:45.

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