Encouraging, equipping and nurturing a life of faith in Jesus for Jesus
"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Discipleship through One-to-one Bible Reading
One-to-one Bible reading is not complicated.
It consists of two people meeting together on a regular basis to read through a book of the Bible.
Get the basics from Colleen McFadden of the
Gospel Coalition (or read the whole article here)
Two people meet weekly or bi-weekly. At their meetings they do a few things:
read through a passage together;
ask simple questions related to observation, interpretation, and application;
pray again; and
schedule a meeting to read through the next passage.
They continue meeting together until they finish reading the whole book together. This simple activity gets people reading their Bibles regularly. With the help of a friend, reading the Bible isn’t daunting. In fact, it’s satisfying to understand the life-giving words of Scripture and to grow in that understanding.
Bible Reading as Evangelism
One-to-one Bible reading is also an effective way to share the gospel with someone who doesn’t believe in Christ. For example, I have friends who are interested in the faith but object to Christianity... I invite them to read the Bible one-to-one with me.
The last time I did this, ... the Lord slowly worked in my friend’s heart and moved her to repentance and faith.
Bible Reading as Discipleship
Once someone repents and believes Jesus is the Christ, Bible reading can’t stop. Discipleship must continue—for both new and also longtime Christians.
As my friend reads the Bible more and more with other Christians, she grows as a disciple, learning about God and his redemptive work through Christ. She grows as a disciple seeing how to live a life of holiness pleasing to God. She grows as a disciple in her understanding of Scripture so that she can be evangelizing, too.
No matter where we are on the discipleship path, reading the Bible will always help us grow (cf. 2 Tim. 3:16–17).
Use this great resource by Paul Helm from Matthiasmedia.
Here's a way to help people in your life understand more of God.
It is simple and personal, and doesn't rely on getting them to a church program or event.
What is this activity that is so simple and so universal that it meets the discipleship needs of very different people at very different stages of discipleship, even non-Christians?
We call it reading the Bible
Get the book from the HBC Library or buy/download it here.
Read it with a friend to learn the approach together.
Get a friend to read Mark (or another Bible book) with you.