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One-to-One Bible Reading: a simple guide for every Christian

One-to-One Bible Reading: a simple guide for every Christian

Product Review (submitted on 15 May 2012):

Have you ever tried to do a Bible study with a friend, co-worker, spouse, or someone new to the faith and it’s either stopped short or simply fell apart? Well, you are in good company. When it comes to personal study of the Scriptures and small group Bible study most Christians have good intentions matched with poor execution. Devotions and Bible study are an integral part of the everyday Christian life, but few people sit down and show us how. There isn’t one right way to do Bible study. It’s a dynamic pursuit but it still requires some guidance. What does a Bible study look like? What are the benefits? How do I get started? Simple questions that have simple answers, if you know where to look or who to ask.

Enter, One to One Bible Reading by David Helm. In this small book Helm offers extremely practical reasons why and ways to study the Bible with others. Helm begins the book with a keen observation of what western Christianity has deemed spiritual growth.

"For generations we have been conditioned to think of spiritual growth mainly in terms of an event to go to, a program to register for, or a class to take. The church often puts its creative energy into initiating events, programs, and classes specially designed to win people to Christ and help them grow in the faith. As successful as some of these plans have been, we might still be missing out on something more dynamic-something more straightforward and right for this day and age-that returns gospel growth to the everyday fabric of personal relationship, rather than relying on church-run programs." (p.8-9)

So, what is his solution, what is one to one Bible reading? It’s simply reading the Bible with someone, over a period of time, and discussing what you’re reading. It sounds simple. Why do we need a book to tell us how to do that? Like I pointed out before, how many times have you tried and lost focus or direction?

Reading the Bible one to one allows you to learn from the text but also opens up opportunities for salvation, sanctification, training, and relationships. The first part of Helm’s book addresses foundational aspects. It helps you get started, figure out who might benefit from this (everyone), what a meeting might look like, and how to prepare.

The second part of the book takes you into the framework and ideas behind reading one to one. It lays out various methods, like the Swedish & COMA methods, it points out books that will be helpful to read in situations, and it provides help reading different Biblical genres. The appendices provide a wealth of outlines & guides to get you started on this path. This is a gem of a resource for any Christian, at any level, in any calling.



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