Part of the role of a pastor is to meet with people and them find God’s answers to their challenges and struggles. An important part of this process is to discover where the person is in his or her spiritual journey, and one way Josh and I do this is by asking people what they have been hearing and learning as they pray and read God’s Word.
Often, we find out that they are not doing one, the other, or both. And sadly, this is not out of step with many people who identify as Christians. In fact, a Lifeway survey found that of self-identified “churchgoing” Christians, only 1 in 5 read the Bible daily, even though 90% identified with the statement “I desire to please and honor Jesus in all I do.”
The natural follow-up question to someone who doesn’t read the Bible regularly is, “why not?” Now sometimes, there is a true physical or cognitive challenge that keeps a person from reading the Bible. More commonly, however, we hear responses like these:
- “I don’t know how”
- “It’s too hard”
- “I’m too busy”
- “It makes me uncomfortable”
- “I’m undisciplined”
- “I don’t see the purpose”
- “I don’t know where to start”
- And, less commonly: “I have a physical/cognitive problem that prevents me from reading”
At FCBC, we believe that one way we can address each of these (including physical or cognitive obstacles) is by gathering together to read Scripture, and one of the ways we can do so is through “One-2-One Bible Reading.”
“One-2-One is simply meeting regularly and intentionally with another person to pray, read the Bible, and discuss what you have read as you build a Christ-focused relationship with each other.”
There is nothing complex, unique, or even cutting-edge about One-2-One. It is NOT rocket science! It is not something we have invented. In fact we have appropriated quite a bit of the ideas from resources like the “Disciple-Making Movement,” and David Helm’s book, One to One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian. One-2-One is simply meeting regularly and intentionally with another person to pray, read the Bible, and discuss what you have read as you build a Christ-focused relationship with each other.
Similarly, the training we are now providing to help our people start practicing One-2-One Bible reading is not rocket science either! We are just providing tools to help Christ-followers:
- Find a person with whom to meet regularly for a given period of time,
- Arrange those meetings,
- Pray and Read together,
- Discuss what you have read,
- Apply what you have learned, and
- Share with others
And we don’t intend just to train people, point them downrange, and pull the trigger. We are continuing to produce tools to help along the way.
One-2-One can be done with another believer, or with a non-believer. It can be between people in similar stages of the Christian life, or vastly different ones. Think of the blessing you could be in the life of a shut-in who no longer can read, if you were to show up once a week to pray and read with her! Could you read with a friend, co-worker, family member, or neighbor who is facing tough trials? And if you are the one who is facing those trials, would you be blessed if someone read the Bible with you on a regular basis?
Does this sound like something you’d like to find out more about? Even better, does it sound like something you would like to do? Come to our next training session!