March 25, 2012

Conviction: New Bible Study Group

Posted in Personal impact/anecdotes tagged , , , , at 6:53 pm by sanguinemare

Today, I went to a United Methodist Church near school with a friend (I had been trying to get him to go to church for a while and since that’s the denomination he was used to going to growing up, we went to check it out this week).  We went to the Traditional service, since that’s what he’s used to, and while the organ was cool, and the hymnal singing was good, and the message was pretty good, all the standing, sitting, singing, reading of short phrases and saying stuff at the end of each segment as a congregation back to the pastor, took a little getting used to for me.  It was an interesting experience though, and something I DID get out of the service was coming away with a stronger conviction that I should start a bible study group for people my age at school (of which there are currently none, as far as I can tell.)

I’ve been thinking about this for a while, since near the beginning of the year when I couldn’t find anybible study groups for people around my age at all in the med school (much less any good ones).  This is very striking to me, especially since I am now living smack in the middle of what is known as the Bible Belt.  A couple friends and I have talked once or twice about getting together to study the Bible, but so far it’s only been a nebulous idea and we’re all so busy with school that we haven’t had time to put anything together, and everyone’s kind of just found their own fellowships with their church/community/etc.  But just yesterday, a friend messaged me on facebook about the friday night fellowship we have at my church, saying she’s been meaning to ask me about it and go check it out.  Much as I’d like to have her join, I sat there thinking “Well… it’s mostly a bunch of middle school and high schoolers, so I don’t know how much she’s going to get out of that.” 

Which is not to say youth don’t have great ideas and that you can’t learn from them… because I definitely have learned a lot from them and can see them maturing by the day.  It’s pretty awesome actually.  But at the same time, the issues they struggle with, and the literary depth of interpretation at the sessions, are not going to be the same ones we struggle with, as young adults in medical school. 

Between my friend’s message and the sermon today talking about wanting to be like the Greeks in John 12:20 who “wish to see Jesus,” I’ve become more and more convicted, both about my own lack of drive to seek Jesus since coming here, and about the need to have a study group for something other than school here – for something much more important.  So I have decided.  I’m going to do it.  I want to start a Bible study group at my school, one that is based on apologetics, epistemology, and taking a strong, intellectually-based look at the Bible and its teachings, going deep into its roots (including the original translation and possible interpretations if necessary). 

Any suggestions on a good study guide/book to start with?