And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself… They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:27, 32
I am struck by the change that took place in Cleopas as a result of Jesus’ teaching of scripture. It was not just Jesus conveying information about God’s Word. It was a life-changing encounter with the Word become flesh. It gives us all cause to re-examine how that process of teaching scripture happens in our own churches.
At my home church, we call it Re:Verse. It is not just a method of studying scripture…for many of us, it is a lifestyle. The pattern is simple: we all read through the same passage all week long, meditating on it daily. Our Sunday morning Bible Study groups all teach it and discuss it. Our sermons in all our Sunday morning worship services are from that passage as well. Our small groups (we call them “Circles of 6”) meet during the following week and discuss the same passage even further, pressing practical applications into one another. In the end, there is not just an understanding of what the passage says, there is actual, measurable change in our lives.
So, as a believer in this system, I offer you these reasons why you might want to consider some similar type of approach in your own church:
1. Gathered worship is much more “gathered” when every participant has spent the week studying the same passage. There is just a common frame of reference, which makes the worship all the more special.
2. The scripture becomes central to my day…it becomes the lens through which …