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In the Grass 2
Posted on August 04, 2010

Yesterday we talked about the learning from working with a friend in a Bible Study with an eighty year old man in a retirement home. There have been many lessons from that experience thus far, and I expect more as we continue.


Focus has been another major learning. While the focus of my friend (let’s call him Bob), who set up the study, has been the men he was hoping to reach, my focus has been Bob. I have been working with Bob to equip him to both study for himself and lead others in the study. One of the things we have had to talk about several times is the need for those in the study to struggle with the questions for themselves. Typically in any study in which I have participated when questions are asked and the participants do not share their thoughts in an appropriate time, the leader will rush to fill the dead air with the answer. Time runs differently when you are the leader of a study. For the leader 7 nanoseconds feel like 7 hours. For the participant it feels like 7 nanoseconds. If Bob answers his own questions quickly, two things happen. First, those in the study learn that he really does not want them to answer. Second, he robs them of the process of struggling with the text to come up with the answer. In the case of the scripture the process of struggling with the text is as if not more important than the answer. The reason is that when we process the information ourselves, it becomes ours; when we are told the answer retention is slippery.


This morning Bob and I met and he told me that leading the study has forced him to go deeper into the Word and to struggle with the text to anticipate questions. It has given him a greater handle on the text. It has also created in him a deeper hunger to be able to handle accurately the Word of God.


In Your Walk, their walk I have suggested that a good way of getting a better handle on the Word of God is to lead a study. This is why. If the men who have come to the study do not go on, I will still see this study as a success because of the impact it has had on Bob.


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