Taking Scripture seriously demands that we devote serious attention to the text.
understand the larger context
The treasures of Scripture sometimes require hard work to mine. For this reason, it is valuable to read large sections of Scripture — often entire books — in sequence to understand the larger context of the passage and its implications for the life of faith. Check out the different approaches to the Bible listed by the North American Association for the Catechumenate.
Gain insights from scholars
Study in community
Studying Scripture in community — especially in groups of people with different cultural backgrounds, life experiences or theological perspectives — is another way to enlarge and deepen our understanding of the Word. Seek out opportunities — within your congregation and beyond — to study Scripture with others.
Study Scripture in depth
Church School is one place we can study Scripture in depth, using The Present Word, Feasting on the Word or other biblical curriculum. Tom Wright’s excellent For Everyone series can be used in small groups or adult school for study of New Testament Scripture.
Learn original Biblical languages
You may want to learn or brush up on the original Biblical languages. Consider teaching or learning Hebrew or Greek and reading the text in the original together to see how not everything translates well into our culture.