When I completed my Chronological SBS, I knew in my heart that I wanted to teach the Bible to others in my community. I grew up in the church but wasn’t taught to study the Bible. The entire Story of the Bible gripped me. I prayed for an opportunity to teach the Bible in my church. Selfishly, I also wanted to keep reading and studying the Bible!
At the time, my church offered a women’s nine-month intensive which I led for a few years. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, but I knew I wanted to have women read through the entire Bible. When the opportunity came for me to write my own curriculum, I knew the Lord answered my prayer. Not knowing the first thing about writing a Bible curriculum, I jumped in with both feet.
At first, I wrestled with questions such as how much is too much homework? Do I require them to do the Basic Required Information (BRI) on each book? Do I simplify charting? How do I get through the Psalms? I released several expectations that the class was going to be similar to SBS because these women had families, jobs and responsibilities. I’ve modified the class each year, according to evaluations of the women. I appreciate the feedback on what works and what doesn’t work in the class.
I kept several key components of the method; such as praying, reading the book all in one sitting, historical context and, of course, looking at the author, the original audience and original readers. Their hunger and willingness to do the work continues to amaze me. The discussions that come from our class time bless me each and every year. I am now in my fourth year leading and every year, I am astounded by the response of the participants. Their delight in discovering the truth in the Bible keeps me committed to the class. I started with five brave women who wanted to read through the Bible in nine months. Our reading schedule was intense, as one can imagine. Starting in Genesis, reading through the Old Testament in six months, then onto Jesus in the New Testament. We kept to a three weeks on, one week off schedule monthly.
One woman grew up in a church denomination that doesn’t allow for lay-people to read the Bible. She is in tears most of the time as she is discovering God’s character and nature for herself. She recently read Matthew for the first time and cried tears of joy through the entire book as she came face to face with God in the flesh. Another woman struggled with the apparent inconsistencies in God’s character through the Old Testament yet wrote a summary at the end of her time in the OT tracing God’s love throughout the Old Testament. I am grateful that the Lord allowed me the opportunity to walk with these women through the Bible.
Our motto is
“774, 746 Words,
One Amazing Word of God!”
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C-SBS, Los Angeles