When we gather together with the church, we often read and discuss Scripture together. Typically, we will read at least a chapter of Scripture together; sometimes we will read even more.
If we’re studying through a shorter book, we’ll read that book in its entirety each time we discuss it. We’ve done this with Philippians, Colossians, and Ruth (and perhaps others). In each case, we studied each book once a week over four or five weeks, and we read through the entire book each time. So, after a month or so, we would have read through those books 4 or 5 times together.
But, occasionally, we get together to read even more Scripture together in one gathering. Previously, we’ve gotten together to read the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John. When we read through these longer books, we typically read a few chapters at a time, with someone different reading each chapter. Then, we take a break to share some food and conversation. We repeat that cycle until we read through the entire book. Of course, these gatherings usually last 2-3 hours.
We’re planning to gather together again this Saturday night (yes, Saturday night) to read through Scripture again. But, this time, we’re going to read through two entire books of Scripture: Jonah and Mark. Yes, Jonah is a shorter book in the Old Testament, and Mark is one of the four Gospels in the New Testament, but I think the combination will work well together.
If you are in Raleigh, Wake Forest, Youngsville, or the surrounding area, you are welcome to join us. For that matter, if you’re willing to travel from wherever you are, you are welcome to join us. Just get in touch with me at aknox [at] sebts [dot] edu, and I will give you more information.
By the way, we will not discuss the books of Scripture much on Saturday night. However, we do plan to talk about these two books together when we gather together again Sunday morning. It will be interesting to see what insight people bring to our discussion after reading through both books at one time.
What do you think about reading entire books of Scripture together as the church?