Okay, so in 2012, I was trying to read the Bible in a year chronologically. I got behind (shocker), but as the year is coming to a close, I'm close enough to the end to start thinking about the next thing. I'm still going to finish reading the Bible, because I'm this close, but after that, I'm ready for something else. Bring it.
I need a Bible study. One that I can do with other people. Now, I need to find one around here (and I'll keep looking for that, RA!), but I also thought it might be fun to see if anyone wanted to do a virtual Bible study. Here's my thought. Last year (and the first part of next year) have been about reading several chapters at a time and trying to gain some sort of a big picture view. What I want to do now is choose one book of the Bible and dig in deep. I'm leaning toward Matthew, because there are a lot of Old Testament connections, and I'm loving seeing how the New Testament fulfills the Old, and how the New Testament is hidden in the Old Testament.
I have been playing around with several ideas of how to do this, but I guess it depends on what people want to do (if anyone wants to do it at all!) One thing that I'm pretty stuck on is that I want to do 1-2 chapters every other week. I'm sort of thinking 2 chapters, but definitely every other week. Again, at this point, I'm just hoping at least one other person will want to do it with me and we can work out the particulars then.
I do have a few other half formed thoughts, but I didn't want to put too much time in it unless there was a little interest. Depending on what people want to do, we could either just read from whatever Bible was handy. Or we could get a book that was the same (like this one) that has quite a bit of commentary and study notes, etc, and go based off it. Or we could try to find a separate book about the Gospel of Matthew to read along with reading Matthew. Or we could study a different book of the Bible entirely (though I hope you want New Testament, because I have two new versions of the New Testament with commentary and stuff that I really want to dig into!)
If you think you might be interested, there are a couple of things that I would ask. No, just one. I would really like to have some commitment to participating, both in the reading and discussion of it. That's why I really want to stick with every other week discussions and just 1-2 chapters that we're reading. I want to keep it easy to participate with busy lives going on, so that it's not too overwhelming for anyone that wants to join in.
As far as discussion, we can also do that however people want to do. I was thinking that not everyone would have to write a whole post every 2 weeks (though you are certainly welcome to!), but I would want people to write at least a short comment on a post about what they've read or learned or how it's speaking to them in their lives that week. As far as posting, I figured we could maybe use my (poor, neglected) Bible study blog and I could add all people that are participating as authors so you could post if you wanted to. Or, if everyone has blogs, we could take turns hosting the discussion, or we could to a link up.
Okay, most of this is just brainstorming, and is open for suggestions. What I really want to know is if anyone is interested in doing some Bible study with me! I really only need one other person to make it worth it for me, but of course I would love to have a lot more than that if there's interest. I do know that it would likely be middle of January before I would be ready to start.
All right, here's the scary part. I now have to hit the publish button and hope that at least one person wants to play with me, or this is going to be a sad, sad post.