Bible Study – 29 May

“So what?”

Over the last four weeks of Bible study we have experimented with:

  1. Lectio Divina (prayerful reading)
  2. Different translations (comparing versions)
  3. Finding ourselves in the Bible stories (imagination)
  4. Understanding the facts (academic . Logical study)

Today we’re asking a more simple question, “so what?”

“So what” is a more spiritual question, and makes more sense to those who believe than to those who don’t. You’ve read the Bible… and “so what”. What difference does it make to your faith, your life, your behaviour, your understanding of God… To people of Christian faith, the Bible is not just a book; it is the story of the people of God seeking God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. What can we learn from their experience? Is there anything that applies to us now?

The New Testament contains Gospel writing, and in some Bibles the words of Jesus are written in red. The “Red Letter” Bibles and “Red Letter Christians” take Jesus’ teachings and words as a higher value than anything else in the Bible.

Do we?

This fifth exercise is primarily for the teaching of Christians within the group:

  • So What?
  • Do you care about this?
  • What are you going to do about it?
  • Do this make a difference to your life?

These questions are the most powerful of all Bible study techniques because they are personal, and don’t easily let us off the hook. When we consider these it is important to remain focussed on ourselves and our behaviour… not to judge others.

Sunday’s Bible Reading: Sabbath

Deuteronomy 5.12–15

Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you. Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.

Today’s study question is to ask, “so what”. Do you read this and ask, “how does it apply to me”, “what am I going to do about it”. Simple but powerful questions.