For all you members out there who (deeply) believe that what we really need in the church is “deep Bible study,” let me recount an interesting DBS anecdote. Yesterday, after several weeks advertising and email reminders to all the Bible Talk Leaders of the Eastside, I convened a TNT class before church services entitled, “Background and history of the book of Mark.” I put somewhere between 6-8 hours of research and study into this and I learned a great deal about both Mark and about our need for Deep Bible Study.
The class was attended by two people. Both are new to the Eastside.
Don’t worry. I’m not mad or frustrated. Actually, it was a liberating epiphany. See, this has happened before, when we were at the Naval Reserve Building; we had TNT before church then too and it was also sparsely attended.
Here’s what it means: those who really, really want so-called “Deep Bible Study” are either getting it already via the internet and through books they’ve purchased OR they do not want to sacrifice their Sunday morning time to learn (of course, some may have circumstances that prevent their attending, I understand).
Here’s what I suspect: generally, we don’t really need depth of Bible study as much as we need breadth. A minority of us are interested keenly in the history, the archaeology, the background. But probably all of us crave applied sermons that broadly cover our very real daily needs: our marriages, our children, our friendships, our mission, our heart, our fellowship, our sin and growth, our hopes and dreams.
I’m thinking that’s deep enough.