My husband and I are part of a couples small group on-campus at the seminary. This summer the group has decided to change the format of our meeting times.  We’re spending a lot more time in prayer and in reading Scripture. 

We’ve decided to go au naturale, if you will.  No Bible study resources.  No recorded sermon or lecture.  No commentary.  Just reading a few chapters of Scripture out loud. 

I told them the other night that I felt like we were hearkening back to the early days of the church, when they would all gather together to hear a letter from Paul read.  Before the canon.  Before multiple translations.  Before New Testament scholars.  Just one person reading to a group of believers, probably gathered in an Ephesian or Corinthian home. There’s something really pure about it. 

Please don’t misunderstand me.  I love Bible study resources just as much as the next one, and I really appreciate the opportunity to glean wisdom and insight from gifted Bible teachers, but there is something so pure and humble about us reading the Word together. 

And letting Him speak for Himself.

Our reading has started in John.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  (John 1:1-3)

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God, but the God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.  (John 1:17)

“This is the Word of God for the people of God. 

Thanks be to God.”