We usually start out pretty strong and that strength usually lasts about two weeks. One of the other problems we have faced is a general feeling of “cheesiness.” By that I mean that most of the studies we’ve tried have ended up leaving us feeling…well, cheesy.
I can’t pick one and put my finger on it; and perhaps it isn’t the study at all, but anytime we’ve tried to study God’s Word together and pray together on a regular basis, we have fought the “cheese factor.” One encouragement that I’ve found (that also serves as a discouragement) in my quest for an appropriate couples Bible study method is that most everyone else I know struggles with this too.
Much to my surprise then, was her suggestion of using a commentary to guide our study.
Just a quick aside: nothing says sexy to me like my wife reading a Bible commentary – seriously. I took a swing through the book of James and also through a commentary and came up with some natural divisions breaking down book into smaller “chunks.” This is where a commentary can be extremely helpful.
For some time now, Meg and I have been struggling to find the right way to implement a joint Bible study between her and I.
We’ve tried various methods and various studies, but none have panned out.
For you married Christian couples out there, is there any Bible studies you would reccomend for newlyweds?
Taking all of this into account, Meg and I have recently come up with a method that we think will be effective for us.Our approach: We’re going to begin just slowly working through a book of the Bible together.We’ve picked the book of James for a couple of reasons: 1) It’s my wife’s favorite book in the NT and 2) It’s a short book and makes for an obtainable goal as we set out. I love to read commentaries, but until recently never really considered using a commentary as a part of a couple’s Bible study since I didn’t think it would interest my lovely wife.We’ve already both read through the book of James in its entirety a couple of times, and now we will begin going through our chunks, one chunk per week.I say that knowing that it might not be effective for you.
The key here, however, is to find something that works for you (and don’t stop trying until you do).