Starting this Thursday I am going to be facilitating a Bible study at work during the lunch hour. We are going to work through John from start to finish. I chose John because it is such a rich book for study and really establishes some key doctrines about the Gospel and the person of Christ (plus I have a fair number of resource materials on John that I can refer to).
It should be an interesting study and we have pretty decent interest given that there are only about 40 people who work for us. Several of my co-workers who are interested are Roman Catholic, one person used to be involved with the Jehovah’s Witnesses and several are either new Christians or not Christians at all. A few people don’t have a Bible so I encouraged them to check out John 1:1-18 online.
I know this enterprise is fraught with peril, primarily the peril of me trying to impose my position on others by force of will and clever arguments. It is very hard for me not to assume an authoritative position when in a mixed group especially when many people have less of a background in theology than me. Old habits die hard! My task here is to continually focus on Jesus Christ and not on me and what I want to teach. I am far more interested in drawing people into a conversation about Jesus than in delivering a series of lectures to my co-workers.