Why “Bible Study” Doesn’t Work: The epic failure of evangelicalism’s favorite discipleship method – and how YOUR CHURCH can do something about it
When did Bible Study become the broccoli of the Christian life?
Eat more broccoli! It’s good for you! Study the Bible more… attend more “Bible studies!” It’s good for you!
Shouldn’t studying the Bible be more than simply something that is good for us? Shouldn’t studying the Bible together with other followers of Jesus actually strengthen us for a healthy lifestyle of following Jesus on the journey of the Christ-life? Did we miss a turn somewhere?
Let me ask you a question. If more (or better) Bible studies is really the answer, how in the world do we have so many people who:
• Have gone to Sunday School for decades
• Have attended, helped in, and taught Vacation Bible School
• Have participated in multiple 13-week or 40-day video-based Bible study courses
• And are Biblically illiterate and don’t have any idea how to think or live Biblically?
It seems that we have a disconnect somewhere.
I’d like to offer, in this brief book, a way of rethinking Bible study. A way that refocuses studying the Bible with the intent of making disciples. A way that emphasizes not just the “what” of Bible study, but also the “how” and the “why” of studying the Bible.
Gerry is inviting us to re-evaluate the usefulness of Bible studies as they are conducted at the moment. He says, ‘What I don’t believe is “Join another Bible study group and you’ll be more like Jesus.”
Amen to that!
Thank you, Gerry. A book like yours was long overdue.
Dr. Gerry Lewis (fondly known by his friends as Dr. G), is a man of many interests — Author, blogger, podcaster, newspaper columnist, church health consultant, leadership coach, community leader, foodie, coffee aficionado, musician, entertainer, speaker, husband, father, and grandpa.
He has been involved in church ministry for almost 40 years — beginning at age 15 with music ministry, transitioning to 20 years in the role of senior pastor, moving into the role of Executive Director of a regional network of churches since 2008.
A passionate lifelong learner, he has found his niche as a self-described “Strengths Optimization Coach” encouraging and empowering others on their next step in the journey toward amazing. When not writing or designing processes to strengthen pastors and churches, he can be found with his best friend (the beautiful Mrs. Sweetie) searching out hidden treasures at thrift stores and pawn shops, trying out a new restaurant, or creating his latest culinary masterpiece at home.
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