Reading the Bible “one to one”

Oct 15, 2020

Two months ago, I left London to join the staff team at St Andrew’s as a “Pastoral worker”. It’s been interesting trying to explain what exactly it is I do here! On paper, I help to look after the 20s-30s women by supporting the Bible study leaders and general operation of the ‘Oxygen’ growth groups.

But, what does it mean to “look after” Christians?

Why am I doing this by focusing my energy on Bible studies?

One of the best ways Christians can grow together in our faith is to humbly sit under God’s word and seek to obey it in our lives.

I’m glad you asked. One of the best ways Christians can grow together in our faith is to humbly sit under God’s word and seek to obey it in our lives. This can come in many forms including: listening to a sermon on a Bible passage together, being a part of a weekly Bible study group, or reading the Bible one to one.

Not familiar with that last one?

As the name suggests, a one to one involves two people (at least one is a Christian) and a Bible. That’s it. It is different from a group Bible study as it can be tailored to suit a more specific pastoral purpose.

The best types of people to read one to one with include:

  • A non-Christian interested in learning more about the person of Jesus through the gospels
  • A new/younger Christian for purposes of discipleship
  • A Christian at a similar stage of life to mutually encourage one another (Ephesians 4:14-16)
  • A Christian you can train up to read one to one with others (Acts 18:18-28)

Due to the personal nature of one to ones, you should read with someone of the same gender. Also, it’s wise to choose a smaller book of the Bible (or a small part of a longer book) to ensure that you finish in a reasonable time. Whether it’s weekly, fortnightly or monthly, make sure you meet regularly to keep the momentum going.

If you don’t think you have the “tools” to properly read the Bible by yourself, Andrew Sach’s Dig Deeper (IVP, 2010) is a great resource to help equip you.

I usually like to meet over a cuppa in a coffee shop. Some of my go-to books to read for one to ones include: the epistles, Haggai, and Malachi. Whatever book you choose though, if you’ve opened the Bible with someone and spent good time in God’s word, then it’s been a good one to one. Happy reading!

Michele Cheng
Pastoral Worker

Latest stories

Welcome back (again)!

Welcome back (again)!

  We’re delighted that our Sunday services can resume this week. After sixteen weeks of online church, then another twelve weeks, we’ve spent a lot of time apart this year. Whilst we’re appreciative of being able to do church online, it doesn’t match being...

read more
The elusiveness of humility

The elusiveness of humility

  One of the often-repeated principles in the bible is humility. We meet it again this Sunday in James 4: ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’ (v. 6), ‘Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up’ (v.10). However, the difficulty...

read more
The power of our words

The power of our words

  Perhaps you’ve heard of that saying, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’. It’s a common saying in school playgrounds. Whilst it’s memorable, it’s not accurate. The saying should go, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but...

read more