A new way of getting people to get to grips with Scripture
Author: Steve Levy
Published by: 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’."

 Tim Davy  |    Wed 14 Apr 2010, 10:00

This is a great example of the church as a 'hermeneutical community'; i.e., we need each other and need to do our Bible reading in the context of community. Thanks for sharing it! I wrote on a similar issue, though with a more multicultural element in my blog http://bibleandmission.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/david-bosch-on-the-inter...

 Paul Vollrath  |    Wed 14 Apr 2010, 14:19

Be aware that the URL in the "Evangelicals Now" article is incomplete: you need to add ".uk" at the end. Otherwise you go to a Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Alliance, Ohio, not Swansea, U.K.

Here's the correct church address: