The Bible Study Tree

Man looking over the lake

Bible Study Topics

I have often thought that bible study topics tend to be somewhat “sterile” in their own way. In conversations in which the topic has been discussed there sometimes seems to be a prevailing thought that they must be done in a certain prescribed way. Those conversations have left me with a somewhat nagging thought—not from what was said, but rather from what was not said. I have sensed that what was not said was that if they were not done in a rather exacting manner that somehow the study might not be Christian enough. Rigidity, if you will, or—we must follow the rules. We must keep on track so we can get finished with it and move on to the next.

So Much To Do

The implication is—so much to do, so little time.
True enough is the fact that it is quite easy to go off on tangents during a Bible study. It’s not at all uncommon to find oneself on a side trip that lead to further side trips, and to further digression from the main topic so that eventually one finds himself wondering “how did I get here?” Often that results in the focus of the group being lost on the main subject matter (the tree trunk—the study) as individuals within the group climb out onto differing limbs of that tree to follow a branch of the topic that raised questions in their own minds.


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I rather enjoy the message that the picture of this tree shares with me.


I rather enjoy the message that the picture of this tree shares with me. It’s an actual photo taken by a friend of mine after he and I together took a side trip during a recent Bible study. The study itself could clearly be represented by the large trunk (the particular topic we were studying as a group) complete with some gnarly and bumpy protrusions (sub-topics germane to the main topic which naturally flowed out of the main topic). The setting of the tree easily represents that it was but one piece (chapter) of the larger whole, the Bible. A natural part of the tree, of course, is the many limbs, each of which is a vital part of the whole tree, and finally the leaves on those limbs which represent all of the little nitty-gritty facts of the whole. Our individual side trip together led us on a fascinating path of discovery of a sub-topic to the main topic that we most likely would never have explored were it not for the original study.
Perhaps the underlying message that the tree sends, is something I have shared with others on occasion; the more I know, the more I know I don’t know, and the more I know I don’t know, the more I know I need to know.


I think I will keep those side trips on the agenda, and enjoy them.


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