A Helpful Way to Study the Bible with Your Worship Team
Studying the Bible with your worship team is a journey.
It can be casual and light-hearted or really focused and undergirded with urgency. How you approach the Word with your teammates will depend on your personality, the season you’re in, and the people on your team.
I don’t know if it matters how you study the Bible so much as it matters that you study the Bible.
Over my next few posts, I want to give you some options of different ways you can get into the Word with your team. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but these are the methods that I have found value in over the years.I don’t know if it matters how you study the Bible so much as it matters that you study the Bible. Click To Tweet
One approach: Have your whole team read through the same commentary.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, What Makes a Successful Team Bible Study, starting my first team Bible study out with about 30 pages a week of required reading from a thick commentary on the book of Galatians proved to be a bit challenging. I do, however, see the benefit of having the whole team use a commentary to go through a specific book of the Bible together.
One of the things I failed to do in our study of Galatians was to assign specific pages of the commentary to read each week. I wanted all of us to read every single page. But that’s probably not practical for a Bible study like this. Don’t feel pressured to have your team read through every page of a commentary. It is important to keep in mind that some commentaries are quite lengthy in their discussion of certain passages. I would suggest really thinking through how you assign portions of the commentary and having a lot of grace with your team. Again, the goal is to engage everyone in conversation and make the study sustainable long term.
Benefits of Studying a Commentary Together:
- Really helps facilitate deep discussion on specific points in a book or passage.
- Those who have done structured studies of the Bible previously may really enjoy this. It is also a great introduction for those who have never studied the Bible in an intentional and methodical way like this.
- There are definitely some commentaries out there that are filled with ideas and statements that you can spend months thinking and talking about as a team; it’s just a matter of finding the right commentary. I really enjoy anything by Martin Lloyd-Jones or Charles Spurgeon because they don’t just give heady facts. They make their teaching applicable to the heart. Not all commentators do this, so keep that in mind when you are searching for the right commentary.
- Some people on your team may not be used to studying the Bible in this way. It can prove to be an obstacle when trying to get everyone to engage. There were times in our study when a few of my team members didn’t read the assigned commentary portion, leaving the discussion to the three or four people who had read it. Some things you can do to try to prevent this from happening are to spend a few weeks discussing how to use a commentary as well as share practical tips and techniques that have worked well for you in the past.
- Another challenge is that occasionally commentaries focus on technical points that may not engage the heart. Unpacking the various elements of a passage is great, but I have found that it is important to present information that connects with the mind along with information that will connect with the heart.
How do you guys feel about studying commentaries? Any commentaries out there you would recommend? Write your thoughts below!
Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo from Sand Dunes National Park. Check out more of his work here.