Small Group Bible Study?

by John Yoder on July 16, 2016

As we begin a short series on the biblical means of grace, I thought that this article, The Hidden Assumptions of Small Group Bible Study, by T. David Gordon would be helpful.  As the title indicates, he takes a critical look at the assumptions of small group Bible study which are so prominent in evangelical churches.


One of the most prominent features of Evangelical life in the present time is the small group Bible study.  Most Evangelical Christians either are or have been involved in a small group Bible study. Since this phenomenon is so widespread, it would be irresponsible for us not to make some attempt at assessing it.  Although it would be impossible to evaluate the results of such small group study, it might at least prove helpful to evaluate its assumptions.  While what follows is somewhat critical of the assumptions of small-group study, there are several assumptions, and several results, associated with small-group study, with which we are in entire agreement.  For instance, the very fact that the Bible is being studied is a matter of significant agreement.  Indeed, the Bible studied imperfectly might yield more edifying results than anything else studied more-perfectly, since the Bible is God’s own infallible revelation…To read the rest of the article go here.

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