Every Christian wrestles with the question, “how can I read my Bible effectively?” To help with this vital need, Bethany and our sister church in Salem, Faith Baptist joined together to host a workshop on “Reading Your Bible Effectively.” Our workshop leaders were Uriah Jones, a deacon at Bethany, and his father-in-law Kevin Moyer from Meridian, Idaho. Kevin served as Associate Pastor at Faith Baptist for 20 years before moving to Idaho where he served as a pastor. Uriah and Kevin have recently begun a new ministry venture – GraceWorks – which Uriah explained to me with these words:
“GraceWorks is a ministry about God’s grace; because in God’s plan, grace works. Christian’s are to grow in God’s grace, be taught by God’s grace, and to live by God’s grace. God’s great grace is the overwhelming theme of the New Testament, and the basis for the Christian’s relationship to God… Our goal is to help provide teaching in creative and engaging ways which will help mature the Christian. So to sum it up, we are all about living by, teaching, and growing in God’s grace.”
The workshop on effective Bible reading was GraceWorks official debut event, and was attended by 50 people from Bethany and Faith. The 3 hour seminar presented the three most common methods of Bible reading and interpretation, and explained why a historical grammatical method of Bible interpretation is preferred. In three 45 minute sessions, seminar attendees worked through the importance of context in Bible reading and interpretation, and gained skills in identifying the biblical context found in the verse, chapter, book, and the entire Bible. The balance of the seminar was spent in practicing the skills we had gained by working through Bible passages like John 6, Philippians 2, and Hebrews 2.
Seminar attendee Bob Brush remarked, “A great study and we’ll benefit greatly from it in our personal search in scripture!”