The Bible is meant to be read in conversation, in context, and finally, in community. We read it together in our corporate worship, and we read it together in our LifeGroups.
Notice the pattern of Scripture study that took place in the early church.
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.
44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.
45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,
47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
The pattern of life for the believers in the earliest days of the church included eating together, prayer, sharing common possessions, fellowship, and devotion to “the apostles’ teaching.” The people studied their faith together.
Why is it so important for us to read the Bible not in isolation but in community? What is lost if you only ever read the Bible by yourself? What is gained by reading it together?
O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who has existed for all time in perfect communion as three persons in One God, we give you thanks that you have invited us, your church, into this same communion with you and with one another. Fill us with awe once more that we have been included in your kingdom, now and forever, through the grace of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.