Every Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. for the last three years I have gathered with a group of men at IHOP for breakfast and Bible study.
The Plan - One Chapter
When we get together, our plan is to cover one chapter in God's Word. As we cover that chapter, we work to understand what it means and how it applies to our lives, church, and culture. We don't use any particular studies, nor is anyone designated as the teacher. We are all responsible for reading and studying ahead of time, and participating in the conversation. I was first introduced to this concept through David Helm's book One to One Bible Reading.
The Effect - Changed Lives
The method is simple, but it has been effective. Over the last several years, we have covered all the Minor Prophets and most of the New Testament. During that time, not only has our knowledge of God's Word and ability to interpret Scripture grown, but our minds have been renewed, our hearts transformed, and our actions corrected. As well as our relationships with one another have grown, allowing us the ability to encourage and help one another work through difficult situations and sin that the Word has exposed through our study.
Reflecting on the group and the changes over the last several years, I am reminded of the Cry of the Reformers:
The church reformed and always being reformed according to God's Word.
While I have always known God's Word changes lives, experiencing it in my life and that of others has given me the confidence to stand with the Reformers of years past in calling for the primacy of God's Word in our lives and churches.
The Encouragement - Eat the Word for Breakfast
Knowing the effect our gathering has had on our lives, I encourage you to do the same. Get together with a few people in your community and eat the Word for breakfast.