Week Beginning: Sunday 3rd February 2013.

Question 4: How and why should I read the Bible?

Bible readings: 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Matthew 5:17-20.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are your experiences of reading the Bible? (Regularly? Only hear it when read in church? Difficult? Challengin? Enjoyable? Baffling?)

2. Have you read anything in the Bible that has challenged an aspect of your beliefs and behaviour?

3. Do you believe the Bible is God’s word and can speak to us today? Can you give an example of how this has happened?

 Meditation on the Bible (Lectio Divinia)

Chose a passage from the Bible (one of Jesus’ parables is a good starting point). Read the passage through slowly 3 times, as you do notice and words or phrases that you particularly notice, any questions you might have. Spend time reflecting on these and pray for God’s insight. Then be still and open to receive from God.

 Further resources for those exploring…

Websites: www.alpha.org / www.wordlive.org/Lectio

 Books: “How to Read the Bible for all its Worth ” by Douglas Stewart & Gordon Fee & “The Bible Book by Book: A Journey Through its People Places &Themes”” by Chris Rogers.