Today’s #deeperBibleStudy tip and assignment is short and simple: Find a reading buddy.
Quite simply, we’re more apt to stick with commitments if we have someone with us who is sweating, dieting, or studying alongside us. And not only will you have built-in accountability, but your friend will likely make the experience more enjoyable and memorable.
For Bible study specifically, studying with a friend means you each bring something different to the passage and you can feed off of each other’s observations. You may notice different things in the passage, and one of you will say, “I never thought of that!”
Historically, Bible study had always been done in community because before the 1500’s very few people had their own personal copies of the Bible. So people would get together in homes and read the Bible, then discuss their observations.
Today, we’re blessed with an abundance of Bibles but this can also lead us to spiritual isolation. Fight the temptation to be a lone ranger in your spiritual life and team up with a friend who will study the Bible with you, even if it’s just one chapter.
Here are some ideas of people you could ask to be your reading buddy:
- church friend
In fact, Bible reading is a great evangelism and discipleship tool. Read more about how to do that in One-to-One Bible Reading by David Helm (affiliate link).
And if you’re in a place where you can’t find a reading buddy, here are a few of my favorite online Bible reading communities. Online is not the same as face-to-face, but what a blessing to be able to connect with believers and encourage one another half-way around the world!
Are you reading the Bible with a buddy? Let’s get started!
- Pray and ask God to direct you to a reading buddy that will help you grow deeper in your relationship with Him.
- Read John 10, either together with your buddy or separately.
- Share observations about the text with one another, and lovingly challenge each other to think more deeply.
- Based on what you’ve read and observed, ask each other if there are any life changes you need to make.
- Commit to pray for one another throughout the day and during the days that follow.
- Follow up with one another a few days later to see how he or she is doing in the areas they committed to change. Continue encouraging one another to grow deeper in knowledge and love of God.
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