Archive for May, 2011
Guest post by Neil Robbie
In a setting where reading and study are not the norm, how do we encourage young Christians or unbelievers to engage with God’s Word? Neil Robbie (blogging at transforminggrace.wordpress.com) shares his experience of something called the Swedish Bible Study Method…
We’re launching a network of small groups at Holy Trinity West Bromwich with God’s word at the centre in a way which suits the learning and devotional style of our people. We’ve chosen the Swedish Bible Study Method which appeared in this article in The Briefing a few years ago.
What is this Swedish thing?
The Swedish Bible Study Method, in a nutshell, is self-directed study of a passage with four simple questions:
- Light. What light does this passage shine on God, the world, the church, or me?
- Questions. What questions do I have?
- Change. What should I do or change as a result of reading this passage?
- Speech Bubble. What could I say to someone from this passage? Who will I say it to?
There are several advantages to this method of Bible study. (continue reading…)
Much needed call from Roger Carswell to ask tough questions about where we are in ministry and what is really shaping our plans and ambitions.
Full article here: http://e-n.org.uk/5489-not-listening-to-god.htm
A question was sent in via the contact page, and I thought it was worth posting for discussion. Here it is:
Does anyone have any theories about why these areas [council estates, urban priority/deprived areas] are so hard and the people so resistant to the Gospel? The usual response is a) poverty and b) poor church witness and practice. But I don’t buy this. In many parts of the world people are much poorer, and churches much more corrupt, sectarian and heretical, yet people flock to them because they are desperate for God! They even plant their own churches without having being discipled or without having even heard of Mark Driscoll or Tim Keller! Why not here?
Got any answers? What are your thoughts? Post a comment below.