This morning we tried something different in Bible class. We split up into small groups. Each group read a story from the life of Jesus. Each story highlighted a life lesson we learn from Jesus about how to see people, treat people and how to act ourselves. Now, we have done these types of discussions in the past and we usually conclude by going around and having each group report on what they discussed. This time we tried something less formal. When the discussion time concluded we just asked people share something they love about Jesus. Think about it for a second. When you are talking with others about someone you really love, do you have to be formal to have the conversation? Each guy has his set of questions and each group goes in order? It doesn’t work that way in real life. So instead of starting with Group #1 and going through Group #5 we just had an open ended discussion on Jesus. It was a powerful discussion that made me wonder if the formalities of Bible class don’t some times just get in the way of having a real conversation about our Lord (or any other topic for that matter).
Is Bible class sometimes too formal to learn well? It depends on what you are trying to learn. If you want to learn a list of facts and streams of pure information…lecture is ideal. But is that what we really come to learn? Life isn’t taught well in lecture because life isn’t lived in lecture format. What do you think? How do we get more outside the box?