The Purging Lutheran and My Sweet Rib operated a bible study for abt 16 years ending a few years back when I ran out of steam. Of those ~16 years we spent five years studying The Gospel of Luke. That might seem like a long time for a study but it matters more how one approaches a topic or book of the Bible than whether it is a single book or topic. For instance, MSR and I would never attend a Bible study for improving our marriage not because we believe they aren’t useful or needed for couples but the two of us are done trying to improve our relationship. We’ve been at it for 30+ years and we’ve pretty much seen and done it all. We still have issues and argue and occasionally fume at each other but that’s our system*.
Anyhoo, some published Bible studies can be a little boring. This is a simplification of my issues with some studies:
Read the following Scripture, John 11:35 – “Jesus wept.”
Question: Who wept?
Question: What did Jesus do?
That sort of thing. There are many good Bible studies but I preferred to write out my own focusing on Scripture, cultural tidbits I learned from Pastor Sattler and various books, but mostly I centered in on questions. Most Scripture is pretty straightforward but by asking questions out of the ordinary we could get opinions and insights from ourselves which might otherwise be left un-mined. That and people like to be asked questions, maybe not in a large crowd but in a more intimate setting such as a small group. Five years of Luke seems daunting but every meeting could cover one or several differing situations which Jesus encountered.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
1-2 The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.
3-5 Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.
*thanks, Richie Petry.