These past few weeks have been a lot of fun.
Wednesday, January 5 we started a small group study/sermon series on Old Testament stories. The format is that a group would gather on Wednesdays at 5pm to read and discuss an Old Testament story and then I would preach on that story the following Sunday. Up to this point we have talked about: The creation story, Noah and Abraham. The Old Testament stories that are coming up in our study are: Joseph, Moses, The book of Judges, David, Daniel and The book of Job. This small group is scheduled to end right before Ash Wednesday. I wasn’t exactly sure how this study would be received but so far there is a group of 5 people getting together every week and we are having a great time exploring these stories.
I don’t come each week prepared to lecture on the story but rather I have a couple questions in mind. The group then takes those questions and a fun discussion ensues. I have learned a lot from hearing different perspectives. I have learned a lot about the faith of the group participants. I have heard questions that I have never thought of before. And…maybe…gained a couple pounds (one of the participants is an excellent cook and baker and has been bringing treats for us).
There is nothing quite like gathering with a group of people to read, study and discuss scripture. I have read these stories many times but hearing from others has challenged me in ways that I would not be able to do on my own. I can hardly wait to see what is coming next.