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What Are You Doing in Bible Study?

That question carries an assumption, so let me break it down: Are you in a Bible study right now? If so, what are you studying?

There’s a reason for the timing of this question. Group Bible studies, like lots of things, are often seasonal: People take a break in the summer, then start again in the fall. That’s what’s happened in a Bible-study program at my church, though we kept a Sunday-morning class between services going year round.

My group has just launched into the “minor prophets,” starting with Amos. It’s not a fun book. We’re seeing mostly graphic and dire prophecies of God’s punishment on sinful nations, especially Israel, which of all nations, should have known better than to hold Him in contempt while imagining it had His approval. But we’re also seeing that, like all Scripture, its purpose is redemptive. It brings home just how seriously God takes sin, and moves us toward repentance in His Son, the only One who could possibly bear the punishment for us and bring us to new life.

That’s what I’m studying at the moment. How about you? Share.

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Matt Kaufman

Matt Kaufman has been a columnist for Boundless since the site’s founding in 1998, and did a stint as editor in 2002-2003. He’s also a former staffer and current contributing editor for Focus on the Family Citizen magazine. Matt is a freelance writer/editor who spent some years in Colorado, but gave up the mountains for the cornfields: He now lives in his hometown of Urbana, home of the University of Illinois. His house is a five minute drive from the one where he grew up, and he enjoys daily walks around the park where he used to play baseball.

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